CIFF Opening Gala "Song of Names"

Wed September 18, 2019 - 7:30 PM
CIFF Opening Gala "Song of Names"

François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) has crafted another musical epic spanning decades, continents and featuring great performances by Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

In the build-up to Britain's entry into World War II, Dovidl, a young Jewish violin prodigy from Warsaw, is brought to London by his father and is taken in by the family of Martin, a pianist in training roughly the same age. Years later, on the night he is to make his public debut, Dovidl disappears, leading Martin on a decades-long search for his friend.

Like his previous works, THE RED VIOLIN and THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD, music is at the heart of Girard's latest, and with a score by the legendary Howard Shore, the music is in THE SONG OF NAMES is remarkable.It lays the emotional foundation for an epic about the pursuit of beauty and the fragility at the heart of every friendship.

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.