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Meet the Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra

Formed in 2022 by a small group of Central Alberta musicians with a passion for performance and community engagement, the Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra brings chamber music in all its varied forms to Red Deer and the surrounding area. The brainchild of Music Director James Bicigo and his wife, CACO trumpetist Karen Gustafson, CACO exists in part to give professional musicians in Central Alberta the opportunity to perform in the communities they call home, while giving some of those communities the chance to experience classical music performances in their own centers. The orchestra entertains its audiences with tailored programming featuring an array of styles from the classics to pop, frequently highlighting local composers.


CACO’s debut performance was hosted by the Red Deer Public Library in September 2022 as part of the First Thursday Concert Series and featured original works by James Bicigo. The group’s inaugural season also included concerts at the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre, St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Red Deer, the Ponoka United Church (in partnership with Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society), and in the town of Innisfail at the Innisfail Public Library.

CACO is incorporated as a non-profit and is generously supported by a grant from Red Deer Arts and Culture. The orchestra looks forward to building lasting relationships with audiences throughout Central Alberta! 

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