Bobby McFerrin & Gimme5: Circlesongs

Tue February 19, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Bobby McFerrin & Gimme5: Circlesongs

Arts Commons Presents
TD Jazz

Bobby McFerrin & Gimme5: Circlesongs

Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lobby Pre-show at 6:30pm
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Pre-show artist: Volk
No intermission

Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs will take you on a life-changing musical adventure. Bobby's exhilarating vocal vocabulary -- call and response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers, and laughter - reminds us all of how much fun it is to be alive, to lift our voices and communicate with one another, to make a joyful noise.

For this Jack Singer Concert Hall performance, Mr. McFerrin will also be enlisting the vocal talents of Calgary-based youth ensemble CADME Singers who have been personally selected for just for this occasion —and of course, the whole crowd.

In this exhilarating musical escapade, the singer takes the stage with members of his new group Gimme5 to lead Circlesongs, a series of choral pieces based on grooves that are freshly composed each night. Gimme5 features Joey Blake, Dave Worm, Rhiannon and Judi Vinar, all trusted veterans of McFerrin’s choir Voicestra. "I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of freedom that I get when I sing," says Bobby. “I want everyone to leave the theatre and sing in their own kitchens the next morning."

A cappella singers, beatboxers, and vocalists of all genres claim Bobby McFerrin as an inspiration. The jazz and classical worlds celebrate his innovative technique and spirit. His solo performances and collaborations -- with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, the Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, and eager volunteers from audiences all over the world -- are legendary. Ten Grammy Awards and his #1 global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy" are pretty impressive, but "Bobby McFerrin's greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants," says the Los Angeles Times, "transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space." Join the circle and sing along.

 

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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.

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