November 3, 2019, 2:30 pm
Pre-concert chat/performance at 1:45 pm
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
THOMAS YU piano
What better way to launch the 2019-20 season than to bring back the
extraordinary Thomas Yu for what piano nerds refer to as “Rocky 3”, the
sequel to last year’s “Rocky 2”? Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto is one of
the most demanding and impressive works in the repertoire and the musical
subject for the Oscar winning film, “Shine”, starring Geoffrey Rush. Dvorak’s
lyrical and ebullient 8th Symphony rounds out the concert.
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 Stage, 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 to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to 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 full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.