Office: 403 269 1904
Concert Info: 403 214 1811
FAX: 403 269 5391
Office/Mailing Address: 604 1 St SE Calgary, AB T2G 5H8
Damon Johnston featured in September 6, 2013 article in the Calgary Herald
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The ProArts Society began in 2002 when frequent requests to use the Cathedral Church as a place for concerts and special events confirmed its attractiveness as a venue for artistic expression. Registered as an Alberta Historic Site in September 1974, the Cathedral is itself a work of art, with priceless stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, and resonant acoustics. A committee was established to investigate the use of the Cathedral as a venue for the performing arts. The ProArts Society was registered in Alberta in November 2002, and designated a charitable organization in February 2003.
The Society was fortunate to receive the support of local music instructors who used the ProArts@Noon format to showcase the talents of their students. Organists were delighted to play the Cathedral’s restored 1905 Casavant Frères pipe organ. Classical guitar concerts were particularly well received, as were classical performances on the cello, harp, flute, and trumpet.
Originally, the Church of the Redeemer was named the “Pro Cathedral” for the Anglican Diocese of Calgary. The designation “Pro” was meant to be temporary until a more elaborate structure could be built. However, it became apparent that the dream of a larger Cathedral was unrealistic; the term “Pro” was dropped, and the Church of the Redeemer was simplified to Cathedral for the Diocese. For many years the church was fondly referred to as “the Pro” and the ProArts name reflects this affectionate term, along with the affirmation of the positive role the performing arts play in our community.
The ProArts Society continues to grow and explore new avenues of artistic expression, while remaining true to its vision of enhancing and enriching the Calgary arts community by engaging artists to perform in the historic Cathedral Church. What started as a modest weekly recital, has blossomed into an established concert series, providing a free concert experience accessible to everyone plus a showcase for hundreds of Calgary’s performing artists!
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