Written by Alex Bonyun
January is an exciting month for arts in Calgary. One of the biggest theatre festivals of the year, the High Performance Rodeo, takes place every January and February in numerous venues in Arts Commons and beyond. The High Performance Rodeo has some serious clout, having been around for 31 years, and during that time has introduced Calgarians to some of the wackiest, innovative, edgy, thought-provoking, and inspiring artists the world has to offer. They’ve also acted as a springboard for local playwrights and actors, giving them a platform to share their work, possibly for the very first time.
If theatre isn’t your cup of tea, January is also full of music! Classic Albums Live premieres in Calgary for the very first time in January with The Beatles: Abbey Road. This maverick group of musicians isn’t your run of the mill cover band. You won’t see costumes or cheesy impersonators. They reproduce the album, note for note, cut for cut, as it was originally meant to be heard—an audiophiles dream.
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will also be brightening up the winter months with three of classical music’s most loved and recognized composers: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. Even if their names don’t ring a bell for you, Calgary Phil guarantees that you’ll recognize their iconic, melodic, and powerful music.
Stay warm inside and out with arts and culture this January!
This column is provided by Arts Commons. Located in the heart of Calgary’s vibrant downtown core, Arts commons is home to six different distinct performance venues.