We are excited about the launch of our BD&P World Stage 2019/2020 program in October, 2019. It will be the 20th season of BD&P partnership with The Arts Commons in facilitating performances of exciting musical talent from around the world for the benefit of music lovers in Calgary. This season will bring an eclectic mix of artists from around the world; from Spain, France, latin America and Canada. We are proud to support arts and culture, and the inspiration that unites us through a universal language of music. As has become the signature of the BD&P World Stage, it will be full of interesting and artistic collaborations across cultures and musical genres.
Our BD&P guests will regularly be provided with detailed information about each concert, all held in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, along with information on how to RSVP to desired concerts.
Rosanne Cash: She Remembers Everything - Thursday, September 26, 2019
The winner of four Grammy Awards and the eldest daughter of legendary musician Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash examines the effects of a lifetime of choices in her latest project, She Remembers Everything. Cash has been hailed as one of America’s preeminent singer-songwriters, channeling the rage and beauty of her life experiences over dark, meditative melodies.
Cash muses that nothing is certain even now in her life, except that there’s not too many miles to go. A leader in advocacy and social justice, she uses her music to reference the #MeToo movement and gun control.
Experience Cash’s natural, confident, and confiding voice at the acclaimed Jack Singer Concert Hall.
“A master class in channeling life into song” – Rolling Stone
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Rosanne Cash.
Flamenco Legends: The Paco de Lucia Project - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The band’s getting back together! Ten-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón has reassembled the original musicians that toured with legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia during the last 10 years of his career. They reunite for a show that celebrates de Lucia’s immense skills, while forging a new path in the future of flamenco.
Paco de Lucia was considered by many to be Spain’s greatest musical export, having performed and recorded with musical legends like Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, and Carlos Santana. Over five decades, de Lucia is credited with single-handedly reinventing the flamenco vocabulary. Producer Javier Limón, a collaborator of de Lucia’s, lovingly crafted this tribute to honour his friend. The band also features de Lucia’s nephew, Antonio Sánchez, on guitar.
“It seemed then that Paco de Lucía was reborn in our midst; that the second of his two lives had come to pass. Now we all seemed to feel, Paco de Lucía was truly ours. He belonged to us. The applause was deafening. ” – Latin Jazznet
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Flamenco Legends: The Paco de Lucia Project.
Formidable! Aznavour: The Story of a Legend - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Travel back to Bohemian-era France and discover the roots of the incredible Charles Aznavour! Known as France’s Frank Sinatra, Aznavour’s career spanned 70 years and more than 1,200 songs, earning him accolades like CNN’s Entertainer of the Century and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Brought to you by the same team behind Piaf! The Show, this powerful celebration immortalizes the toe-tapping tenor’s career in a multimedia production of images, video and original staging. Aznavour even gave the production his personal blessing before his passing in 2018. Discover the roots of his greatest songs, which have become an integral part of the world’s musical heritage.
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Formidable! Aznavour: The Story of a Legend.
Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard - Tuesday, January 21, 2020
For a crazy and poetic adventure set in the depths of winter, Blizzard delivers a surprisingly warm experience. Cirque Flip Fabrique was founded by a group of friends in Quebec at the peak of their circus game, and that friendship shows in every facet of the show. Using high flying acrobatics, a gorgeous snowy set, and a sprinkling of humour, this tight-knight group must survive a winter storm using their unique skills and specialities.
Get ready for an enthusiastic display of acrobatics, juggling, aerial hoops, trampoline trickery, and original music. Fun for all ages, Flip has performed more than 500 times across the globe, including special events in partnerships with Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Cirque du Soleil. Since its debut, Blizzard has taken the stage by storm!
"Flip FabriQue projects an irrepressible spirit of fun and, yes, it’s catching." - New York Times review for Catch Me
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site to watch the Blizzard trailer.
We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Thursday, February 27, 2020
The words and actions of Dr. King continue to electrify generations of civil rights activist and defenders. Musical Director Damien Sneed, known for his work as musical director of the Aretha Franklin Band, bottles that energy, and unleashes it on-stage through a living lineage of music and culture, including gospel, jazz, and Broadway. Songs from storied artists like Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Steve Wonder, and Nina Simone and interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. He’s joined onstage by five powerful singers and a quartet of genre-crossing musicians.
A celebrated multi-genre recording artist, Damien Sneed has also worked with legends including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Jessye Norman and many others.
“Damien is an extraordinarily talented, intelligent and well-rounded musician as well as a human being of depth and passion.” - Jessye Norman
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site to watch a short clip on Musical Director Damien Sneed.
La Santa Cecilia - Postponed until further notice
Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia’s bold musical direction more than earns the moniker. A modern-day hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music, the band draws inspiration from all over the world, including jazz, tango, bossa-nova, and klezmer music. Based out of Los Angeles, they have become the voice of America’s young, bi-cultural generation.
Leaning into their Latin American and Mexican heritage, the group won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock album in 2014 and have earned nominations for their last two albums. With songs focusing on love, loss, and heartbreak, they’ve cut tracks in a mixture of English and Spanish.
“La Santa Cecilia is now so completely in command of its music, instruments and voices that these performances are flawless.” - NPR
Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of La Santa Cecilia!