Calgary Civic Symphony

The Calgary Civic Symphony (CCS) has entertained Calgarians for 40 years. Begun as a venue for non-professional or retired musicians to play orchestral music, the CCS has grown steadily in both numbers and artistic excellence. Although the CCS is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization, it is led by a small core of professional musicians and a highly-acclaimed conductor/artistic director. The CCS presents a series of five concerts annually, ranging in genre from major classical works to pop, film and Christmas favourites. The orchestra features the best of area soloists and collaborates with other volunteer musical organizations, such as Cowtown Opera, Mount Royal Kantorei, Cum Vino Cantus, Cantaré Children’s Choir, and Calgary Girls Choir. It fosters young talent by hosting the annual Calgary Concerto Competition and presenting the winners in concert. CCS concerts are held in the centre of the city at Calgary’s premier concert venue, the Jack Singer Concert Hall, on Sunday afternoons, at an affordable price, making them widely accessible. Informal events, such as open rehearsals and school and community concerts, are also part of the orchestra’s commitment to Calgary. The Calgary Civic Symphony’s blend of quality, volunteer enthusiasm, and expert guidance creates a popular entertainment choice.

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