2015 Musical Chairs concert for Unitarian Church

Unitarian-church-calgaryTo thank the Unitarian Church of Calgary for providing rehearsal space for our choir, the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players are performing along with two other choral groups at a benefit concert this month.

Here is the event advertisement from the church’s website:

Musical Chairs: The Concert

  • Starts: Sunday, May 24th 2015 at 12:15 pm
  • Ends: Sunday, May 24th 2015 at 2:00 pm

Sunday, May 24 at 12:15 pm in Panabaker Hall.

Grab a coffee in Wickenden Hall, bring your lunch, and come enjoy three of our resident choirs in a noon hour concert as we raise money both for the church and for the New Chairs campaign! Come and enjoy the BarberEllas, Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players, and One Voice Chorus!

Part of the event will be a musical chairs game of a different flavour: we’ll ask the audience skill-testing music questions, and the audience member who answers correctly will have a chance to sit in one of the sample new chairs that we intend to buy for Panabaker Hall!

Admission by donation, with collected donations going to the church. We’ll also have a pledge table out for those who wish to give directly to the New Chairs campaign.

Concert Programme and Talk from May 2, 2015

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players’ most recent concert, Spirit of the Renaissance — Part 2, was successfully performed at St. Stephen’s Church on May 2, 2015. Thank you to all who produced the concert, and all who attended!

If you attended or participated, we welcome your comments here and on social media.

Here is a copy of the printed programme for the concert, followed by the pre-concert talk by Marcia J. Epstein:

CRSP-2015-May-Programme-150pxCRSP-Programme-2015-May-2.pdf

Exeter Cathedral ceilingCRSP Pre-concert-Talk 5-2015-Epstein.pdf

Image: “Exeter cathedral” by Wanner-Laufer – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Exeter_cathedral.JPG#/media/File:Exeter_cathedral.JPG

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

Buy tickets for the concert online or at the door:

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