Upcoming CRSP Concert May 2, 2015

CRSP-2015-May-quarterpage-adThe Spirit of the Renaissance, Part 2

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121-14 Ave SW – (note: street parking only)
$20 Reg ~ $15 Student/Senior, FREE under 18

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Artistic Director’s Invitation

To our audience ~

As I write this, we are in the Christian season of Lent, a time to reflect on the meaning of both life and death. To 14th-century Christians, the contemplation of death included a longing for the glory of the afterlife, when one would be truly rid of the hardships of this life and could embrace instead the rapture of the kingdom of God. From this medieval view of spirituality comes the Everyman Play, a thespian ode to humankind’s greatest questions.

On Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm, the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players will present a condensed version of the medieval Everyman Play as an element of its concert The Spirit of the Renaissance: Part 2. Professional actor Josh Bertwistle will bring Everyman to the stage as he faces Death and wonders which of his lifelong companions will make the journey with him to the afterlife, in the play as abridged and edited by Lorna Rowsell-Petti.

Around each of the play’s scenes, CRSP will perform works that muse about the human condition, our sense of worth in relation to the divine, and our perceptions about death. Continue reading

November 2014 Concert Reflections

The Altos and Basses wing with spirit

The Altos and Basses singing with Spirit

The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players showed the spirit of the era is alive and well with a concert that celebrated the best music of the past and present.

“It was spectacular,” said alto Suzanne Agha. “All the energy of working for months and months and then finally getting to put together a performance was a really sparkling evening. I was really proud of how we did.”

The idea for the concert came to artistic director Jane Perry after hearing audience members say that the pieces they’d enjoyed most at recent concerts were those composed within the last 50 years. This feedback inspired Perry to program a season with concerts featuring both music from the Renaissance and music inspired by the period. Continue reading

November 2014 Concert Feedback and Programme

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our concert, The Spirit of the Renaissance, Part 1.

If you attended or participated, please post your thoughts on our website, or on Facebook or Google+.  We’d love to hear what you experienced, your favorite pieces, your questions or any comments. If you forget what the song was called and want to check, you can view our complete programme below, lyrics and all:

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Click to view Programme PDF

CRSP-Program-2014-Nov-Spirit-Part1.pdf

 

Creating the November 2014 Concert Program

Jane Perry, CRSP Artistic Director

Jane Perry, CRSP Artistic Director

How was the music chosen for our November 29, 2014 concert, “The Spirit of the Renaissance, Part 1″?

It all started in CRSP music director Jane Perry’s mind with a couple of “Renaissance-like” choral works by Ola Gjeilo (“my favourite contemporary choral composer,” said Perry), Morten Lauridsen, and others. Responding to feedback from audience members that they had enjoyed the modern pieces when combined with CRSP’s traditional repertoire from the 15th and 16th centuries, Perry set out to create a program filled with works from both the Renaissance and modern times, showing the connections through the centuries. Continue reading