Founded in 1975, the Calgary Civic Symphony has been performing live orchestral music in Calgary for over forty years. Begun as a venue for non-professional or retired musicians, the Civic Symphony has grown in both numbers and artistic excellence. Each year the Civic presents a series of five concerts, ranging from classical works to pop, film, and Christmas favourites. Our concerts feature collaborations with some of Calgary’s best soloists and musical organisations, each concert is a unique and exceptional experience. See what concerts are coming up this year on our Current Season page.
Music is for everyone; economic status shouldn’t prevent someone from experiencing the beauty of live music. The Calgary Civic Symphony has worked to keep ticket prices affordable and available. Where other live music events can cost $40-80, a ticket to a Civic concert only costs $30 (less for students, seniors, and children). Visit our Current Season page to buy your tickets, or if you share the Civic’s belief in keeping music accessible, consider donating or becoming a sponsor.
A Professional Symphony for Amateur Musicians
What sets the Calgary Civic Symphony apart are the musicians: some are retired professional musicians – keen to keep playing, but most are highly-skilled and passionate amateur musicians. These amateur musicians maintain careers and commit to spending their spare time rehearsing and performing with the Civic. From music teachers to therapists, luthiers and even cellular biologists, the Civic musicians represent a diverse crowd of Calgarians. What unites them is their desire to play and share exceptional music. Does this sound like you? Visit the Orchestra page to learn more about auditions.