Calgary Civic Symphony - Ports of Call

Sun April 25, 2021 - 2:30 PM
Calgary Civic Symphony - Ports of Call

Concert 4 April 25, 2021 - Ports of Call

Join the orchestra and pianists Thomas Yu and Michael Cheung for this voyage to the exciting and exotic ports of the Mediterranean!” 

Beginning with Ibert’s colourful and evocative Escales (Ports of Call), this concert takes us to Rome and Palermo, Tunis and Nafta, Valencia, and Egypt. We welcome two of the world’s most brilliant amateur pianists, first our good friend and periodontist, the incomparable Thomas Yu, performing the work with which he captured first prize in the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, and Michael Cheung, a native Calgarian and Paris-based management consultant for international pharmaceutical companies. The concert closes with one of the most spectacular works in the repertoire, Respighi’s Pines of Rome!


Thomas Yu, piano
Michael Cheung, piano

Ibert Escales

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.