Get ready to groove, bop and swing with the Calgary Jazz Orchestra when the group kicks off the 2013/14 season later this month. The upcoming season promises a diverse mix of jazz and popular music to engage and entertain music buffs of all walks.
2013/14 Calgary Jazz Orchestra Season Highlights
The CJO kicks off its 2013/14 season on Sunday, October 20, 2013 with "Video Game Music Live | Duke Ellington's Peer Gynt Suite". Some of the popular VG themes that will be featured include music from the Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Halo, Fallout 3 and EarthBound. Also known as Swinging Suites or Sweet Thursday, the Duke's big band interpretation of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite is also a tribute to John Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday.
The CJO gets into the Christmas spirit with "A Perfectly Frank Christmas" on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Popular Christmas hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, such as I'll Be Home for Christmas and Oh Holy Night. This concert tends to sell out, so patrons are advised to purchase their concert tickets in advance.
The Calgary Jazz Orchestra warms up the winter with "Romance" on Sunday, February 16, 2014. R'n'B classics, along with jazz and pop ballads will be on tap. In previous seasons, music made famous by Billie Holliday, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald have be featured in this love-filled evening.
The CJO wraps up its 2013/14 season on Sunday, April 13, 2014 with "The Music of Science Fiction | New Orleans Funk". Programme details will be announced later in the season, although Star Wars and Star Trek are two definite possibilities.
About the Calgary Jazz Orchestra
The Calgary Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2004 by trumpeter, vocalist, composer/arranger Johnny Summers. The CJO is comprised of 16 musicians who are performers and dedicated music teachers. The orchestra performs arrangements by Johnny Summers, Gerry Hebert, Shane Statz, Carsten Rubeling, Greg Baker, as well as guest arrangers.
The CJO has performed at the Canada Day Celebrations in Calgary, the Calgary Jazz Festival, and the Red Handed Campaign for the United Way and the Alberta Centennial celebrations. Various members of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra perform frequently locally and abroad at jazz clubs and festivals such as the Calgary International Blues Festival.
Attending a CJO Performance
All concert season performances by the Calgary Jazz Orchestra are scheduled to take place at River Park Church on 3818 - 14A Street SW Calgary, Alberta. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. while all performances commence at 7:00 p.m.
Single concert tickets are on sale for $25 each ($15 for students), while season passes are available for $95 each ($55 for students). Tickets can be purchased through the Calgary Jazz Orchestra's website.
Concert tickets can also be purchased at the door by cash or cheque. The Calgary Jazz Orchestra opens their 2013/14 season on Sunday, October 20, 2013. The season promises to entertain music aficionados of all walks with varied programming filled with memorable tunes.