The Alberta Big Sing

Thu November 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM
The Alberta Big Sing

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a choir of 500 youth from in and around Calgary. Under the direction of Canadian choral icon Dr. Mark Sirett, the choir will perform a program of music from around the world, featuring several pieces from Canada! And, what would a big sing be without audience participation? Come ready to join the choir and raise the roof of the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons.

Choirs taking part in the inaugural Alberta Big Sing are:

Bishop O’Byrne High School | Terry Edwards, conductor
Calgary Christian Senior High Choir | Rick Vander Woude, conductor
Dr. EP Scarlett Concert Choir | Jonathan Bell, conductor
Lord Beaverbrook Chamber Choir | Heidi Wood, conductor
Sir Winston Churchill High School Concert Choir | David Graham, conductor
Strathmore Children’s Choir | Loralee Laycock, conductor
St. Mary’s High School Choir | Monica Hnatiuk, conductor
University of Calgary Chorus | Kathryn Parrotta, conductor
Western Canada High School Concert Choir | Sheryl Reinhardt, conductor

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Group Sales: Available for Groups of 10 or more by calling the Arts Commons Box Office at 403-294-9494

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.