Sunday, December 10, 2017
(Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm)
Location: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:
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!
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