Why We Exist
It seems like a surprise to folks fortunate enough to have access to the Arts that the majority of Albertans outside the major centres do not have a local, affordable chance to hear live orchestral music.
As a young boy, Carlos Foggin learned there are two cliché ways to get off the farm, either become a Doctor, or go to Law School. If that doesn’t work out, you stay on the farm and take it over. For many in rural areas, going into the arts isn’t an option; music and art are fun hobbies, at best.
Fortunately, after studying pre-med, and a couple years overseas, Carlos decided to break the rural stereotype – and return to music.
This is where the RMSO provides invaluable experiences for ALL Albertans – we believe that accessibility isn’t only about providing a variety of programming, but rather providing a variety of options for Albertans, who are often limited by constraints of geography, to experience live music.
In fact, the Calgary Herald named our Music Director as one of the 2019 Compelling Calgarians in recognition of this vision to bring accessible performances to all Albertans.
At the RMSO, we believe that inspiration and encouragement, especially of our young people, cannot happen too early. Inspired by our Music Director’s experience (or lack thereof), we want to help every Albertan have the opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra at least once!