Spirit of the Renaissance, Part 1 – November 29, 2014


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The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players are proud to present our upcoming concert:

Spirit of the Renaissance, Part 1
Saturday, November 29, at 7:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church,
1121 – 14 Ave SW, Calgary AB (link to map).

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turn_goldMUSIC:  We will perform Giovanni Gabrieli’s triumphant double-choir setting of “Hodie Christus natus est” alongside the gorgeous eight-part setting of “O magnum mysterium” by U. S. composer Morten Lauridsen. Reflective music by Salamone Rossi and Melchior Vulpius will find companions in the music of Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo and Swedish composer Jan Sandström. Sandström has created a double-choir setting of Michael Praetorius’s “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” in which the second choir provides a haunting, unearthly choral glow around Praetorius’s original harmonies–not to be missed!

turn_goldGUEST ARTIST: We are proud to present recorder player Racheal Cogan as our guest artist. Some of you will remember Racheal’s performance at our May 2014 concert, and will understand why we just had to have her back.

turn_goldSPECIAL FEATURE: You can also look forward to the resurrection of The Good Cheer Section, a small group of CRSP choristers who will make enthusiastic presentations of Renaissance carols and drinking songs to add a little extra festivity to this holiday concert.

turn_goldPRE-CONCERT TALK: As well, we will continue our new and increasingly popular tradition of presenting a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm.

turn_gold2014-15 SEASON: Our entire 2014-2015 season is called “The Spirit of the Renaissance.” Our November and May concerts (Part 1 and Part 2) feature a higher-than-usual number of gorgeous choral works composed within the last thirty years by a slate of internationally renowned composers who are clearly channeling the melodic contours and harmonic understandings of 15th- and 16th- century Western art music. We have chosen guest artists whose musical interests lie in both the old and the new and who honour the echoes of the past in their modern repertoire. And, as always, we will present Renaissance masterworks by some of the biggest names, and lesser-known ones, of that era.

There’s a lot to look forward to this season! The choristers and I look forward to welcoming you to our November 29 concert.

Warm regards,

Jane Perry
Artistic Director, Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

CRSP featured in article in L’Eau Vive

Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players in Ponteix, SK

Photo: Lise Couture

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Title: “Bravo! Ponteix a 100 ans!
Publication: L’eau Vive, The Fransaskois Portal
Auteur: Laurent Desrosiers
Date: 21 août 2014

La pièce de résistance de cette première journée était un récital par le chorale Renaissance  Singers de Calgary sous le bâton de maestro Jane Perry. Le programme consistait de chants du  XIVe siècle avec quelques chants contemporains exécutés avec maîtrise. La chorale est revenue rehausser la chorale paroissiale de Notre-Dame d’Auvergne pour la messe dominicale.


TRANSLATION: “The piece de resistance of this first day was a recital by the Renaissance Singers choir from Calgary under the baton of maestro Jane Perry.The program consisted of songs from the fourteenth century with some contemporary songs masterfully executed. The choir returned to enhance the parish choir of Notre-Dame d’Auvergne for Sunday mass.”

Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players. Photo: Lise Couture

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CRSP tour to Ponteix, SK a success

Ponteix, SK images

From our CRSP Tumblr blog at http://crsp-calgary.tumblr.com/

The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players are very proud to have presented a wonderful concert in Ponteix, Saskatchewan on Saturday, August 2, 2014 as part of the town’s 100th anniversary celebration.

This was our choir’s third time singing at the Notre Dame d’Auvergne Parish Church–a glorious cathedral-sized building famous for its history. We practiced for two months prior to this performance, looking forward to singing pieces like Laurisden’s O Magnum Mysterium in this church’s excellent acoustic.

On the night of the performance, we filled the main seating area and estimate having 350 guests. One of our sopranos, Tania Smith, said “I felt like my voice lifted me up off the floor as it floated and reverberated,” and many others reported feeling like they sang better than usual in this atmosphere. Our director, Jane Perry, wrote that “We sang well, we gained a wagonload of new fans and invitations to return, and we had a great time together.”

Indeed, our good times in Ponteix included some extra time practicing and singing for fun in the church, as well as late-night singing and laughter in our residence common room. We also enjoyed many special events during the town’s celebrations, such as the parade, the spectacular fireworks display, the centennial mass (at which we performed “Ubi Caritas”), and we were invited to a dinner and brunch hosted by the town at their Rink.

View a CBC news clip of the Town of Ponteix’s 100th anniversary celebration — the choir is featured at 01:50 in the video, and our Artistic Director, Jane Perry, speaks briefly.

The concert was recorded, and we hope to be able to share some recordings as soon as we can process them.