Calgary’s 2019 concert and comedy calendar has treats for every aural palette: classic albums, classic rockers, new and notable acts, country giants, CanCon of every era, comedy stars and classical fare.
Not Yet Dust in the Wind
Rock is still alive and kicking in 2019 as Fleetwood Mac makes up for its missed 2018 date with a Scotiabank Saddledome show on April 15. Those who grew up on rock radio can also be satisfied by dates by Foreigner at the Grey Eagle Event Centre, Feb. 27; Lynyrd Skynyrd on a farewell tour stop at the Saddledome on March 13; Iron Maiden on Aug. 31, who also play the Dome; Kansas, playing their 1977 album Point of Know Return in its entirety, at Jack Singer Concert Hall on April 28; and UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker at The Palace Theatre, April 24.
Classical hasn’t gone anywhere either. Calgarians can get a dose of opera from Calgary Opera, who bring things new, Everest (Feb. 2, 6, and 8) and Ghost Opera in collaboration with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (June 1-8), and known, Verdi’s Rigoletto (April 6, 10 and 12). The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, with an assist from violinist Lara St. John, take centre stage at Jack Singer for Controversial Classics (May 3-4), which showcases pieces from the Academy Award-winning The Red Violin and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Then, the CPO moves to the background as they play the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Feb. 28 to March 2) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (May 17-19) alongside screenings of the films at the Jubilee Auditorium. Parody maestro Weird Al classes up his polkas with some strings for his Strings Attached Tour, which hits the Jack Singer on Aug. 24.