Jazz at Lincoln Center: Let Freedom Swing

Wed March 2, 2022 - 1:00 PM
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Let Freedom Swing

Arts Commons Presents
TD Jazz
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Let Freedom Swing

What does democracy sound like?

Democracy, migration and civil rights curriculum comes alive with jazz! The show will present parallels between jazz music and the meaning of democracy, demonstrating how we use elements of improvisation, the blues, and swing to express ourselves on our instruments and listen to those around us. It will also include a bit of jazz history - stories of our heroes Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Bessie Smith, and examples of the songs they played.

This event is scheduled for March 2022. Depending on provincial or school board restrictions, availability is subject to change. 


Recommended for:
Grades 3-12

$15 per student. 1 chaperone comp for every 8 students

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Curriculum connections:
Protest & change making, inclusiveness, individualism, rights and responsibilities, citizenship, identity, the land/place and people, human rights and freedom

Connecting to music as a form of storytelling and change making is a compelling way to support your humanities and language arts curriculum

Music and band teachers can introduce students to jazz musical instruments, rhythms, patterns, dynamics and expression through singing and jazz music.

Looking for more curricular supports?
Check out the Let Freedom Swing education website for more classroom resources for your music, social studies and humanities curriculum

Questions? Contact our Education Team at 403-294-7414 or education@artscommons.ca


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

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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.

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