CPO, Alberta Ballet & Calgary Opera postpone all performances until 2021

Via Alberta Ballet / FacebookVia Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

As if we needed another reason to be eternally grateful for the plethora of streaming sites that we all have access to, today, three of the biggest arts and entertainment groups in Calgary announced that they will be postponing all live performances until 2021.

It’ll be another few months before we can watch the Alberta Ballet glide across a stage, or listen to the CPO and the Calgary opera, but it’s probably for the best. At least that’s what we’re telling ourselves.

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“We’re encouraged by the progress our community has made in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but as the province begins the reopening process, arts groups like ours are facing the reality that we won’t be able to enjoy a full house in our venues for some time,” said Paul Dornian, president and CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic, in a release.

It’s not all bad though! According to the same statement, they’ve been actually been discussing the possibility of performing a few of their pieces via live stream. “We remain committed to performing music for you,” Dornian continued. “For now we need to change the way we present it.”

There’s no word from the ballet or the opera if they plan to do the same, but we can imagine it may be a bit more difficult for them to perform anything remotely.

For those who have already purchased tickets to any of the CPO, Calgary Opera or Alberta Ballet shows all three companies are handing out refunds or crediting standing accounts. Attendees are asked to go to the appropriate website for more information.

It’ll be a lot quieter without the art scene in Calgary this year, but the safety of the artists and staff come first! At least we have Hamilton on Disney + to look forward to! That’ll do for now, right?! Ah… we miss live music.

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