Jack Singer Concert Hall
"All of a sudden, these four-foot-long, 80-pound penguins surrounded me. I had an emperor penguin crawl up on my head, onto my back, and back onto the ice. I knew it was going to go well." — Paul Nicklen
Canadian photojournalist Paul Nicklen comes to Calgary to share his stories and incredible photographs of the Polar regions, including a poignant view of the Canadian Arctic. Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, but raised on Baffin Island, Nicklen developed a passion for the region, its unique species and the issues faced by icy environments.
Dedicated to capturing those hard-to-get photographs, Nicklen often puts himself in the hands of danger. On one trip his guide declared "that’s the biggest leopard seal I’ve ever seen!" Nicklen cautiously slipped in the water to find himself face-to-face with the enormous seal who proceeded to put Nicklen’s head in its mouth. But then something extraordinary happened. The giant backed off, grabbed the carcass of a dead penguin and thrust it toward Nicklen. This ruthless predator was actually trying to feed him instead of eat him. Needless to say, he got the shot...
STUDENT PROGRAMS are available for school groups.
Part of the National Geographic Live speaker series.
Capacity: up to 1797
Ideal for: Concerts; Performances; Film Premieres; Large Meetings; Convocations
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America.
As the home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the BD&P World Music Series, and the TD Jazz Series, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. Through rentals to outside promoters and the community, the Jack Singer hosts a wide variety of performances year-round.
Special features incorporated into the hall design allow it to host a spectrum of entertainment, with a stage measuring up to 86' wide and nearly 38' deep. Suspended high above the stage is an 185,000-pound (90-ton) laminated sprucewood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
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.
In August 2004, the Jack Singer Concert Hall was upgraded with a new million dollar sound system, including a state-of-the-art hearing assistance system. The main level of the concert hall is fully wheelchair accessible with flexible seating options.
Arts Commons gratefully acknowledges the support of