Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Offers More Than You Think

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Family Fun Calgary)

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been bringing live music to Calgary audiences since 1955 when the Alberta Philharmonic and the Calgary Symphony merged together. Lauded for their expert versatility, they perform a wide range of music for all ages. They offer educational opportunities, and their home is the Jack Singer Hall in the Arts Commons in downtown Calgary.

At various points throughout the year, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphony Sundays, a symphony experience specially designed for children. But there are other concerts that children may enjoy, especially older kids, and they will be listed here, although this is by no means a comprehensive list. All concerts are at Jack Singer Concert Hall unless otherwise listed.

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CPO The Music of ABBA (Family Fun Calgary

The Music of ABBA

Impeccably re-creating the original sound, look, and feel of one of the most influential pop bands of all time, ARRIVAL from Sweden teams up with the CPO to deliver The Music of ABBA — “a time warp of the most entertaining kind!”

When: September 13 & 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm

CPO Disney in Concert Mary Poppins (Family Fun Calgary)

Disney in Concert: Mary Poppins

Boasting cheerful favourites like A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cher-ee, this magical Disney classic gave audiences some of the most celebrated songs of all time. Winner of five Academy Awards, and starring the incomparable Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, don’t miss seeing this beloved film accompanied live by the CPO.

When: October 11 & 12, 2019
Time: Friday – 7:30 pm; Saturday – 2 pm

CPO Ghostbusters (Family Fun Calgary)

Ghostbusters in Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Bring your proton pack and join the original paranormal investigation and elimination team for a Halloween party, featuring Ivan Reitman’s classic movie that stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson. The film will be accompanied by the CPO in a live performance of the Grammy-nominated score and Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping theme song.


When: October 25 & 26, 2019
Time: Friday – 7:30 pm; Saturday – 2 pm

CPO Sounds of the Season (Family Fun Calgary)

Sounds of the Season – On the Road

In keeping with the CPO’s mission to bring music to audiences outside downtown, this show hits the road for community performances. These concerts celebrate the sounds of the season with a selection of sacred and secular holiday favourites. Bring your friends and family for a festive evening!

When: Five dates between November 27 & December 19, 2019
Where: Four locations in Calgary; see here

Salute to Vienna CPO New Year's Concert (Family Fun Calgary)

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

Led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna brings the music of Johann Strauss to life with European singers, ballroom dancers, and ballet. Backed by the Strauss Symphony of Canada, featuring Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful Blue Danube Waltz. Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, delighting audiences in North America for 25 years.


When: January 1, 2020
Time: 2:30 pm

CPO Comedy Meets Orchestra (Family Fun Calgary)

Comedy Meets Orchestra

Stand-up comedian and comic maestro Rainer Hersch takes over the CPO. Like, completely and utterly. From Bach to Beethoven to that music on TV you never quite knew the name of, this is “a guaranteed laugh every four bars.” Rainer’s performances have been described as “Monty Python meets the symphony orchestra.” Hilarious, musical, and unmistakably British — 35 million viewers on YouTube can’t be wrong. Come and find out why.


When: February 8, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm

Harry Potter CPO (Family Fun Calgary)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score as Harry soars across the big screen.

When: March 12 – 13, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Address: 1415 — 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 1-855-985-5000

CPO Star Wars in Concert (Family Fun Calgary)

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

With an abiding affinity for cinematic repertoire, and experience assisting composer John Williams himself, guest conductor Lawrence Loh brings a fan’s enthusiasm to his “compelling and thrilling” pops performances. He conducts the unmistakable orchestral score to Star Wars: A New Hope, performed by the CPO alongside the original 1977 film. The CPO presents its film concert series in partnership with Calgary International Film Festival.


When: May 15 & 16, 2020
Time: Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Address: 1415 — 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra:

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall (Unless otherwise indicated.)
Address: 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-571-0849

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