May 7th Concert: Renaissance Meets Klezmer!

Renaissance Meets Klezmer!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Pre-Concert Talk 7 PM / Concert 7:30 PM
Location: Temple B’nai Tikvah (900 – 47 Avenue SW, Calgary)

CRSP will present music by Jewish composers and on Jewish texts. This includes two settings of Psalm 150, one by Srul Irving Glick and another by CRSP’s own Marcia Jenneth Epstein.

We will also sing music by Felix Mendelssohn and by the Italian Jewish Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi, a musician whose works have experienced a recent revival.

Our Players will perform instrumental works by Rossi, represented by a trio of baroque violin (Andrea Neumann), baroque recorder (John van Leeuwen) and baroque cello (Joan Kent.)

And in the second half of the concert, CRSP will present two beautiful songs from the Sephardic tradition, as well as perform a few traditional Israeli dances.

We wrap it all up with a toe-tapping version of Bai Mir Bisti Sheyn as arranged by Joshua Jacobson, conductor of Boston’s Zamir Chorale.

We know you won’t want to miss a minute of “Renaissance Meets Klezmer!”

Frank Rackow, clarinet
Andrea Neumann, baroque violin
John van Leeuwen, baroque recorder
Joan Kent, baroque cello
Brent Van Dusen, percussion

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director
Download Concert Poster

Three Upcoming Community Performances!

We are excited to be a part of three community performances coming up soon.

Wednesday, February 22nd at 12:10 PM
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (corner of 7th Avenue & 1st Street SE)
Free Performance – ProArts at Noon Concert Series

Saturday, March 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Unitarian Church of Calgary (1703 – 1 Street NW)
Guest performance at March Forth! A Dinner Party – a fundraiser hosted by One Voice Chorus

Saturday, March 18th from 7:30 to 10:30 PM
Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8 Avenue NW)
Guest performance at a Fundraiser for Musicians Without Borders

Call for Auditions January 2017

Call for Auditions January 2017

We will be starting our regular Wednesday night rehearsals on January 4th and are in need of new singers! We have openings for basses, baritones, tenors and high sopranos.

We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Unitarian Church of Calgary centrally located at 1703 1st Street NW, Calgary.

If you are interested in auditioning, or you know someone who is, please contact CRSP Artistic Director Jane Perry at Auditions will be held on the weekend of January 7 & 8, 2017.

For more information, check out our website.

Seasons Greetings & A Note of Thanks

We wish everyone the gift of good cheer (and good music) over the holiday season!

We want to send a warm thank you to our lovely audience who attended our last concert.

We performed choral gems by French Renaissance masters, as well as songs of New France. It was a treat to have 8 talented musicians play a beautiful selection of music on early instruments such as baroque oboe, viola da gamba, baroque bassoon, harpsichord, and baroque violin, among others.

We work very hard to create a memorable experience for you – our patrons – and we appreciate it when you brave the cold weather and come and see us!

Our next concert will be on May 7thRenaissance Meets Klezmer! More details to come closer to the date.

December 4th 2016 Concert: Noé, Noé, Noël!

Noé, Noé, Noël!


Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm

Location:  St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:  Google map

Our first concert of the season will see us exploring the music of Old France and New France with Noé, Noé, Noël! Old France will be represented by some French composers (Mouton, Costeley), a Franco-Flemish composer (Josquin des Prez), a Dutch composer who composed in the French polyphonic style (Sweelinck), and by at least one composer who was not at all French but who happened to write a beautiful, little-known gem in French (Orlando di Lasso and his La nuict froide et sombre.)

New France will be represented by two Canadian composers (Peter Togni’s setting of Ave Maria and Eleanor Daley’s interpretation of The Huron Carol), arrangements of French carols by the Canadian musicologist and performer Ernest Gagnon, and The Huron Carol sung in the Huron language.

Joining us will be the CRSP Players, a group of eight musicians led by the wonderful John van Leeuwen and playing recorders, baroque oboe and bassoon and violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

All in all, it promises to be a glorious evening of music, enriched by the acoustic warmth of the sanctuary at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director

2016 Fall Auditions

Important update regarding auditions!

We have started rehearsing for our new season with wonderful new repertoire, but it is not too late to audition.

We still have a few openings for new singers. In particular, high sopranos, low tenors and low basses. We are, however, happy to hear from you no matter what part you sing.

If you’d like to audition, please contact the Artistic Director, Jane Perry to schedule your audition: We always welcome potential choristers to attend one of our rehearsals to check us out. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at the Unitarian Church which is on the corner of 16th Avenue & 1st Street NW, Calgary.

Find out more about singing with us at our Auditions page: