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

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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.

2014 Run For Music – CRSP

2014-run-for-musicFour members of the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players participated this year in Alberta Choral Federation’s pilot project, “Run for Music,” on April 27, 2014.  Jane Perry, Liz Graves, Marsha Haug (not in photo) and Tania Smith participated in raising funds and doing the 5K walk at North Glenmore Park.

Thanks to for all who sponsored us and participated in this fundraising project!

Rock Stars post-concert reflections

rockstars-web-graphic-300pxby CRSP journalist, Kenzie Love

The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players marked the successful conclusion of another season with “Rock Stars of the Italian Renaissance,” performed April 12, 2014. Artistic Director Jane Perry praised choristers for their engagement in the music, lauding the performance as a milestone in her three-year tenure with the CRSP.

“This was the best concert we’ve done together since they hired me as a conductor,” said Perry, “and it was really gratifying to see them looking up, see them having fun, see them feeling confident about their music. And that translated into the sound, I thought.”

Choristers echoed Perry’s assessment. Continue reading

April 12 Concert: Dopo la pioggia, by Andreini

The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players will be performing a new composition by Marcia Jenneth Epstein in our upcoming concert this Saturday. The lyrics and inspiration for this work arise from “Dopo la pioggia,” a poem by Isabella Andreini (1562-1604), an Italian actress and writer. Come experience the first live performance of this work at our “Rock Stars of the Italian Renaissance” concert April 12, 2014. Epstein will also deliver the pre-concert talk at 7pm. The image below, an excerpt from our concert programme, shows the Italian lyrics and English translation.


April 6-7 Mozart’s Requiem

Two of CRSP’s former artistic directors, Jean-Louis Bleau and Malcolm Edwards, are leading the 2 choirs featured in this upcoming Calgary event:

Present ‘REQUIEM’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sunday, April 6, 8pm, 2014
Monday, April 7, 8pm, 2014
St Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, 8944 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary, AB (Directions)

More information & tickets:

April 12 concert: meet Racheal Cogan

photo by Sandrine Bretaud

photo by Sandrine Bretaud

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players is delighted to welcome recorder player Racheal Cogan to its concert stage on April 12, 2014, when she and Alan Jessop will perform recorder duet works by Salamone Rossi and Arcangelo Corelli. She has graciously stepped in for our original guest artist Scott Blair, who had to bow out of the concert due to unforeseen circumstances.

Racheal Cogan has toured extensively as a performer with people and organizations as diverse as Ross Daly (based in Greece), and Cirque du Soleil for their shows Zaia and Totem. Her educational background ranges from a music degree in performance and ethnomusicology at Monash University in Australia to individual periods of study in India, France, The Netherlands, and Greece, all funded and supported by organizations including The Australia Council for the Arts, Asialink and The Ian Potter Foundation.
She co-founded the Greek music group the haBiBis, whose second CD, Intoxication, won an Australian Recording Industry Award in 1999. Racheal has led and participated in many recording projects including a duo CD with Australian percussionist Tony Lewis called Transience.

She is currently focused on composing and recording new works as well as performing with the Rembetika Hipsters in Calgary.

You can hear her at