Peter Rabbit, award-winning blues, chamber choir and other Calgary weekend events

It's that time again — time to put the worries and troubles of your week aside and start planning your weekend.

Storytelling galore, an anniversary concert, and the 2016 Bluesfest lineup announcement

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra brings its Sunday Symphony series back this weekend. The series is all about introducing children to the exciting world of live symphony music. (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

It looks like we're in for another beautiful weekend in Calgary, but if you're not planning to spend every waking hour outside, there are a lot of entertainment options to choose from.

Here are some highlights from Tracy Fuller, director of CBC's The Homestretch.

1. Playing Our City

It's a multi-site, participatory, inter-active, semi-composed/semi-spontaneous performance.

People will show up at two designated locations this weekend to make music alongside trained musicians by playing whatever "instruments" they can find at their locations — whether that be slides, shelves, concrete, glass, their bodies, even a few instruments here and there.

Celebrated composers Laurie Radford and Juno-award winner Allan Bell will be on hand to conduct. 

The two locations will be connected by high-speed internet, so the performers and audience members at either location will be able to harmonize with people in the other location.

The whole shebang will be taped and presented at the "Listen to Your City" gala concert on March 14.

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. at Central Library and Genesis Centre

2. Peter Rabbit and Friends

This weekend marks another "Symphony Sunday" with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, this time featuring the show Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit & Friends.

Conductor Adam Johnson leads the orchestra and Soprano Michelle Todd plays the role of Storyteller. 

When: Sunday at the The Southern Jubilee Auditorium. The show begins at 3 p.m., but the instrument discovery zoo opens at 2 p.m.

3. Storytelling

There are a number of interesting storytelling events happening in the city this week. Here are three:

  • Sansei: The Storyteller: Don't miss this unique encore performance that combines dance, theatre and humour to unpack the loaded statement, "If the Japanese internment didn't happen, I wouldn't be alive today." It's an intensely personal, one-man show that Calgarians might remember from the 2014 Fringe Festival.   
    • When: Thursday through Sunday at the Birds and Stones Threatre, 204 16th Ave NW
  • The Happy Endings Storytelling: The season resumes with four stories from four storytellers and a Q&A. Ian Wallace hosts Emma Rouleau, Ian Kinney, Ben Cannon and Brian Forst.   
    • When: Friday at 8 p.m. at Shelf Life Books
  • The Paperbag Princess: Storybook Theatre's newest show is a musical version of Robert Munsch's classic.   
    • When: Multiple shows at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre. See the full schedule here

4. Spiritus Chamber Choir's 20th

​Calgary's Spiritus Chamber Choir is putting on its 20th anniversary show this weekend featuring pieces from Antonio Vivaldi and Arvo Pärt.

It will also be the world premiere of a new work by Zachary Wadsworth.

When: Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University

5. Maple Blues Award-winning pianist

True Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player and blues shouter David Vest is in town for an intimate concert this week at the Fox on Sixth.

As an added bonus, the lineup for the 2016 Calgary Bluesfest will be announced at the show.

When: Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel


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