This is the view you get when you go to the Jack Singer to see the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra perform. Not a bad way to spend any night of the week in my opinion. Now, the CPO has recently started a new program called the CPO Rush Hour in which you go to the Orchestra for 1 hour. That’s it. So if you have a busy night planned, have dinner reservations, or simply can’t sit in a venue for a couple hours, it’s perfect.
The latest performance I went to got see was ‘One Man, One Mandolin’ and I also went solo, which was fitting given the name of the show. However, my only critique would be that there needed to be more of the man and his mandolin. He came out and played in the middle of the show, and sounded incredible. But the mandolin didn’t start the show, nor end the show. The man and his mandolin were just in the middle. Saying that, my favourite part of ‘One Man, One Mandolin’ was Act 3 (is that what it’s called with orchestras?) It was intense, exciting, and showcased all of the other instruments, including the gong – which you apparently shouldn’t cheer for – I learned that after getting some glares.
But the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and especially the CPO Rush Hour is really fun if you are into all sorts of music. It plays out like a movie score, and you get to hear instruments that aren’t showcased enough in mainstream music. The CPO is an excuse to dress up with the lady, or fella in your life, you get to drink, and you can get the Tweet Seats which is an area that allows you to be on your phone during the performance. Now, to really enjoy the orchestra, don’t be on your phone the whole time (or else what’s the point?) but it’s really fun to be able to ask @CPORush or @CalgaryPhil questions regarding the performance, or questions about the orchestra in general.
And remember, you don’t have to just go on a date. You can go solo if you want. Sometimes you want to go see a show, or a movie, or go do an activity that no one else wants to go to with you – don’t let that ruin a good time – especially an experience like seeing the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra