Books Between Friends – CRSP Fundraiser


Do you love books? Do you love getting a good deal on quality used books? Come on down to Books Between Friends from March 9th to 11th, stock up on great books, and all proceeds get donated to CRSP! Support your favorite choir!

Location:   #14, 3434 – 34 Avenue NE, Calgary
Friday, March 9 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 10 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, March 11 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pocket Books     $1 ea or 15 for $10
Hard Cover     $2 ea or 12 for $15
Trade Size    $2 ea or 12 for $15
DVDs     12 for $15
Kids Books     $1 ea or 30 for $20
(unless otherwise marked)


Seasons Greetings from the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

Just a quick note to thank all who attended our latest concert on December 10th – Exultate! Rejoice! In the words of our Director, Jane Perry:

“It was stupendous — it truly was.  The biggest audience we’ve had in seven years was on hand to witness a concert of elegance and beauty, with sparkling guest artists and a choir that was absolutely on fire. Congratulations to the entire team of singers, dancers, volunteers, crew, special guests, and our number-one fans for a magnificent evening.”

We put in countless hours rehearsing and organizing our concerts and appreciate our patrons and supporters.

There are two more concerts coming up this season – in May 2018 we present A Tale Of Two Cities featuring English and Italian repertoire and in June 2018 we are presenting An Evening of Jewish Choral Music in conjunction with the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Stay tuned for more details.

Also, we are seeking more choir members. In particular, sopranos, tenors and basses. Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 7th. Click here for further details about auditions.

 Season Greetings – Merry Christmas – and Happy New Year! 

Concert December 10th – Exultate! Rejoice!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

(Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm)

Location:  St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:
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Come and help us celebrate the light that shines in the darkness!

Katie Partridge is a member of Luminous Voices and an early-music specialist here in Calgary.  With this concert, she steps into the spotlight as a concert soloist in a programme that she helped to design.  You will hear her bring to life the music of Hildegard von Bingen and anonymous colleagues of nearly 1,000 years ago — perfect music for the beautiful sanctuary acoustic of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in the Beltline.  Ms. Partridge will also perform Monteverdi’s jubilant Laudate Dominum, accompanied by the brilliant Calgary organist Chellan Hoffman, and Bach’s haunting Quia respexit (Magnificat), in which you will also hear John van Leeuwen performing on Baroque oboe d’amore.

The Players, our core of early-music instrumentalists, will also be featured brightly in this concert.  St. Stephen’s will ring with the sounds of recorders, shawms, harpsichord, bells, drums, and viol, enticing some Renaissance dancers to kick up their heels for a joyful moment or two.  Unique to this concert, and indeed to the Calgary concert scene, will be a performance on chalumeau (a grandfather to the modern clarinet) by Adrianna van Leeuwen, who has been studying early music in the Netherlands and returns to Calgary to interpret two movements of a Telemann sonata for chalumeau and continuo.

The choir itself will present music that runs the gamut from mediaeval English Christmas carols such as There is no rose of such virtue to early-Renaissance choral compositions from the Codex Speciálnik (c. 1500). The concert’s finale will include the choir, the Players, and soloist Katie Partridge in a series of settings of the text “Omnis mundus jocundetur” — all the world rejoices.

We look forward to greeting you all warmly in December!

Ticket Prices
Note that we have two different ticket prices for this season!

Early Bird Price (until November 25th) $20 Regular / $15 Senior/Student / Under 18 Free. Early bird tickets only available online!

Regular Price (from November 26 until date of concert) $25 Regular / $20 Senior/Student / Under 18 Free. If you purchase tickets directly from choir members, the regular price applies!

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director
Download Concert Poster


CRSP – Reformation Concert on Saturday, October 28

A Choral Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
66 – 7 Street NE, Calgary

Join CRSP for a one-hour choral concert to mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation (1517 – 2017).  We are performing this concert at the kind invitation of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Our performance will open with Martin Luther’s musical setting of Psalm 46 “Eine feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)”, followed by J. S. Bach’s two chorale arrangements of Luther’s original melody.  From there, we will explore Protestantism through the music of Praetorius, Sweelinck, Tallis, Byrd, and works from the Codex Specialnik.  The performance will end with Felix Mendelssohn’s grand setting of Psalm 43 “Richte mich, Gott (Vindicate me, O Lord)”.  CRSP Artistic Director Jane Perry will present two harpsichord solos as a part of the afternoon’s offerings, and the concert will be narrated by CRSP baritone Nicholas Zekulin.

Admission is by freewill offering
Half of the collected monies will be donated to the Rehabilitation Society of Calgary.

CRSP Performing at Equinox Vigil Sep 23

Each year, this very unique and moving event takes place at the Union Cemetery and CRSP will be a part of the experience. This is open to everyone and is free of charge.

Inspired by both ancient and contemporary traditions from around the globe, Equinox Vigil is a creative, respectful evening to honour the deceased and celebrate the natural cycle of Life and Death itself.

Inspiring art installations, video projections, and shrines created by professional artists form the heart of the Equinox Vigil experience.

But this is not art displayed as in a formal gallery setting. Rather, these artworks come alive through public participation. By performing simple acts like lighting candles or sharing the names of deceased loved ones at the digital shrine, each visitor to Equinox Vigil becomes part of a community drawing close to mourn its dead through art and public ritual.

Saturday, September 23rd
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Union Cemetery – 28 Avenue & Spiller Road NE, Calgary