Organ à la carte: Neil Cockburn and Guests

Thu July 5, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Organ à la carte: Neil Cockburn and Guests

On July 5, as part of the RCCO 2018 Calgary Organ Festival, Neil Cockburn recreates the charm of Calgary's longest running noon hour concert series, Organ à la Carte, with a Baroque program that showcases the flexibility of the Carthy Organ. Hear the organ’s sensitive side as Neil accompanies soloists Hannah Pagenkopf and Julie Crouch, singing lyrical Handel arias. Hear the organ’s collaborative side as Neil shares the stage with the Calgary Organ Festival Chamber Ensemble, playing organ concertos by G.F. Handel and M. Corrette. Finally, enjoy the organ as a solo instrument in its full glory as Neil plays Handel, and also celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of French Baroque composer, François Couperin.

Organ à la Carte was the longest running noon hour concert series in Calgary, from 1988 until 2012. Held in the Jack Singer Concert Hall for over 20 years, and later staged at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer for an additional 3 years, summer concert goers enjoyed the unique opportunity to hear the King of Instruments played within these grand spaces. The concert series featured organists from around Calgary and around the world, and those artists often collaborated with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists, creating a colourful menu of music every Tuesday noon.


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.