Upcoming performance at Equinox Vigil, Sept. 19, 2015

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players is one of the live musical groups that is currently scheduled to perform at Equinox Vigil, Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Union Cemetery near the Stampede grounds (28 Avenue & Spiller Road SE). This is a multidisciplinary arts event that explores the idea of death.

As explained by the Equinox Vigil’s website, it is “A free, family-friendly event to honour the deceased in creative and meaningful ways:

  • Art Installations & Shrines
  • Live Music
  • Video & Film Projections
  • The Union Choir
  • Digital Shrine
  • Memorial Craft-Making
  • Hosted Tea Garden
  • Poetry & History
  • Lantern Processions

Opening Ceremony 6:30 pm at the Threshold

Lantern Processions at 8 pm & 9 pm

More information: http://www.equinoxvigil.ca/about/

2015-2016 Season Plans

Concert dates for the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players this upcoming season:

  • Concert #1 = Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:30pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • Concert #2 = Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm at St. Stephen’s (note the afternoon 3pm concert time!)

This message and the 2015-2016 Season page will be updated with more details as they become available.

2015 Fall auditions for choristers

At the beginning of this fall 2015 season, The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players are looking for an additional Bass singer and an Alto singer.

We are also happy to hear sopranos and tenors if they are willing to be part of a waiting list should they have successful auditions.

Auditions are currently scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

If you’d like to audition, please contact the Artistic Director, Jane Perry to schedule your audition:  conductor@renaissance-singers.com

Find out more about singing with us at our Auditions page:  http://www.renaissance-singers.com/contact/auditions/

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 text of 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:

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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