Calgary Civic Symphony - Setting Sail

Sun October 18, 2020 - 2:30 PM
Calgary Civic Symphony - Setting Sail

Concert 1 October 18, 2020 - Setting Sail

Join us for the exciting start of this season’s voyages to exciting Destinations as we embark on a journey taking us from seas to distant shores.

Our trip starts with stops in New York, Paris, and Athens with a COVID-19 inspired program that features various sections of the orchestra and the introduction of our new concertmaster, Maria van der Sloot. After having recently presented several of the mighty Beethoven’s major works, including the 7th Symphony, the 4th Piano Concerto, and excerpts from Fidelio, the Civic closes its celebration of this giant's 250th birthday with his ever-popular 5th Symphony.  From its Fate motif of the first movement to its triumphant Finale, it seems like a fitting choice!

Fanfare for the Common Man 
Gounod Petite symphonie 
Massenet Méditation from Thaïs 
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 

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.