Rock stars of the Italian Renaissance – April 12


rockstars-web-graphic-300pxThe Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players invites you to our next concert, featuring works by Palestrina, Monteverdi, Gastoldi and others:

“Rock Stars of the Italian Renaissance”
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm, with a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm.
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121-14 Ave SW)

Tickets $20 reg, $15 student/senior, under-18 free. Ticket Inquiries:

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Director’s message

Ah, spring! As the snow ebbs away, the first flowers of the season bravely shoot up through the greening grass. The birds return with their mating songs, and, let’s face it, love is in the air. What better time for the

Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players (CRSP) to delve into Italian madrigals of overt flirtation — the Renaissance equivalent of the construction worker’s whistle at the pretty girl walking by?

We invite you to celebrate spring with us at the next concert in our “Rock Stars” series: “Rock Stars of the Italian Renaissance.” 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)

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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

The English Invasion of the ’60s… the 1560s! — Dec. 7 concert

Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players -1560s concert poster

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Consider this: in the 1960s, four talented fellows from Liverpool, England shot to national and then international rock’n’roll stardom under the unlikely group name The Beatles. Despite a lack of formal musical education, the songwriting duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney understood how to touch people’s hearts and inspire their imaginations.

Four hundred years earlier, in the 1560s, England’s “rock stars” were formally educated church musicians. Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and Orlando Gibbons were household names. Like Lennon and McCartney, these men understood how to touch people’s hearts with their music. As with many present-day rock stars, our 1560s music heroes had their ups and downs. Tallis and Byrd made and lost a fortune together in music publishing. Byrd in particular ran into trouble with the law of the church, in that he had Catholic sympathies at a time when Catholicism was banned in England. Meanwhile, Orlando Gibbons shocked his friends and admirers by dying young, in another foreshadowing of some rock-star lives today.

Our upcoming concert will focus on music by Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons, with a nod to more recent English music heroes Gustav Holst, John Rutter, and, yes, The Beatles. Our arrangement of “Blackbird” was created by a member of another 1960s upstart English group: The King’s Singers. With guest pipe organist Timothy Pyper contributing his own musical genius to our concert, this will be an event you don’t want to miss.

This concert will be in part a fundraising event for Calgary’s National Music Centre, which lost part of its historical keyboard collection in the June flood. In the spirit of the season, please bring your chequebook and help this valuable community organization find its footing again.

Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm
pre-concert talk at 7:00pm
Hope Lutheran Church
3527 Boulton Rd. NW, Calgary (map)

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Best regards,
Jane Perry
Artistic Director, Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

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St. David’s Christmas Carol Festival – Nov. 29

St. David’s United Church, Calgary, presents

A Christmas Carol FestivalChristmas image

An evening of seasonal music and carol singing featuring:

  • University of Calgary Chorus
  • Sir Winston Churchill High School Choir
  • Calgary Renaissance Singers
  • St. David’s United Church Sanctuary Choir

Friday, November 29 @ 8pm
3303 Capitol Hill Cres. N.W. [Google map]
Admission is free, but donations to the Food Bank are gratefully accepted.
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Online ticket purchase now available

Calgary Renaissance Singers and PlayersCalgary Renaissance Singers and Players is now offering online ticket purchases. We have partnered with Brown Paper Tickets, a company serving many events organizations in Calgary and beyond.

Our upcoming concert:

The English Invasion of the Sixties… the 1560s!

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm
Hope Lutheran Church
3527 Boulton Road, off Northmount Drive NW

For more information and ticket purchase, go to the 2013-2014 Season page.