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  • Jon Pettifer

Jack Singer Concert Hall: A Classic Venue with Futuristic Capabilities

Updated: Nov 18, 2022


Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons is a spectacular concert hall in Calgary, Alberta that was specifically built for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. As one of the most beautiful and critically acclaimed venues in North America, it was especially vulnerable to Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions around large gatherings. This heartbreaking reality forced the Arts Commons team to explore how they could introduce live streaming as a platform to reach their audiences.


As a live music venue, one of the challenges to integrating live streaming capabilities was that audience seating was their biggest priority, making large camera platforms and positions an impossibility.


Sapphire Sound worked with the incredibly knowledgeable team at Arts Commons to collaborate on designs for cinematic quality productions they could live stream to their audiences.


The Jack Singer Concert Hall was fitted with a future-friendly 12G broadcast solution that included eleven Canon cameras and lenses, Vinten PTZ heads that elevated the cameras up to minimize intrusion with Skaarhoj control, Ross switching and routing, and AJA live streaming.


Together, Sapphire Sound and Arts Commons developed an Ultra-HD capture and streaming solution that would transform their live performances into cinematic remote experiences, giving their audiences the most intimate performances possible.


This bespoke integration from Sapphire Sound allowed Arts Commons to continue its programming through pandemic restrictions, and opened new revenue opportunities for streaming in the post-pandemic era.




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