2018-2019 Season Details

Welcome to Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players’ 2018-2019 season — our forty-ninth as Calgary’s original early-music ensemble!

CLICK HERE for details and ticket prices for the 3 performances scheduled for this season, including special season subscription prices – get 4 tickets for the price of 3!

This season, we are proud to present some wonderful new offerings to our loyal audience members (and to first-time CRSP concertgoers!)  They include the first in what we anticipate will be a new tradition of annual “CRSP Presents” performances, which will see us invite other early-music soloists and ensembles to present concerts as a part of our season.  In February 2019, we will present the Calgary-based ensemble String Theory Music Collective.  Founded in 2017 by Baroque violinists Andrea Neumann and Louise Stuppard with Baroque cellist and gamba player Joan Kent, String Theory is already turning heads with its impeccable professionalism and creative programming.

We are also offering a new subscription package, whereby subscribers can get deals on tickets and also receive an extra ticket to one of our three concerts, so that you can bring a friend with you.

On the near horizon, CRSP looks forward to welcoming audience members to “A Christmas Pilgrimage” on Sunday, December 2 at 7:30pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Imagine a merry band of faithful travellers from different parts of Renaissance Europe who sing sacred and secular music from their homelands as they make a pilgrimage together to Rome to celebrate Christmas.  You’ll hear Renaissance music from England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Central Europe.  The piece that provides the backbone of the programme is Palestrina’s magnificent Missa De Beata Marie Virgine II, whose polyphony will fill the splendid sanctuary acoustic at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.  We’re delighted that long-time CRSP collaborators John van Leeuwen (recorder) and Joan Kent (viola da gamba) will join us for this holiday presentation.


Fall 2018 Call for Auditions!

Sing with CRSP! We are currently accepting new singers for our 2018/2019 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good sight-reading ability and a love of or curiosity about early music, then we want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE for more information regarding auditions.

Auditions will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, September 9th. To arrange an audition time, please contact Artistic Director Jane Perry at conductor@renaissaince-singers.com.

And if you would like to see what we’re all about before you commit to an audition, then please plan to attend our first rehearsal of the year on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:30 pm at the Calgary Unitarian Church (1703 – 1st Street NW right off of 16th Ave). We’ll give you a warm welcome and a sheaf of music to borrow for the evening!

It’s a Medieval Summer for CRSP!

CRSP will be performing at two Medieval themed events this summer!
Join us at these fun, family friendly, outdoor events!

Cochrane Public Library, Cochrane, Alberta
Saturday, July 21st from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Brooks, Alberta (2 hours drive east of Calgary)
Saturday & Sunday – August 11th & 12th

CRSP will be performing at the Feast Saturday night (August 11th) during Royal Court! We will also perform throughout the day on Sunday, August 12th.

A Celebration of Jewish Choral Music – June 19, 2018

Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale
Spiritus Chamber Choir
Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players
Tuesday, June 19th at 7:30 PM

Beth Tzedec Synagogue (1325 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary)


Ticket prices: Regular Adult $30 / Student or Senior $25 / Child 12 Years & Under Free

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players are delighted to announce a wonderful new choral collaboration with Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and Calgary’s Spiritus Chamber Choir. This June, come and hear all three ensembles as they present “A Celebration of Jewish Choral Music” in the beautiful 1,500-seat sanctuary of Beth Tzedec Conservative Congregation in Calgary. CRSP thanks the congregation of Beth Tzedec for their generous sponsorship of this exciting cultural event in the life of our city.

This concert will see the Internationally-renowned Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale give its first-ever Canadian performance. LAZC was founded in 1997 as an ensemble whose primary focus is to lift up music on Jewish texts and by Jewish composers, specifically those from southern California. LAZC’s Artistic Director, Dr. Nick Strimple, is a recognized expert on Jewish music related to the Holocaust. He has lectured on the topic at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale, as well as at the Oregon Bach Festival. On Tuesday June 19, LAZC will present 40 minutes of music, much of which has never been performed in Canada.

They will be joined in this concert by Dr. Timothy Shantz and Spiritus Chamber Choir, who will perform Srul Irving Glick’s magnificent “Sing to the Lord a New Song”, accompanied by harp.

For its part, Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players will contribute music by the Jewish Italian Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630).

CRSP has invited Beth Tzedec’s Cantor Russell Jayne to participate as a soloist in this concert, performing music from the Sephardic cantorial tradition.

The evening will end with all three choirs onstage — one hundred voices singing Jewish sacred music and honouring these lines from Psalm 98:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.

Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:30pm, please join us at Beth Tzedec Conservative Congregation for this unforgettable choral experience!

Download Letter from Artistic Director
Download Concert Poster

Concert May 6th – A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities
Sunday, May 6th
Pre-Concert Talk 2:30 PM / Concert 3:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue SW, Calgary)

Join CRSP as we take you on a tour of Mantua and London with a motley mixture of madrigals and instrumental music to celebrate love, leisure, and the lilt of spring! Our concert will take a look at some of the best-known composers who lived in those cities in the decades surrounding the year 1600.


Ticket Prices:

Early Bird (up to April 21) Prices:  $15 student/seniors / $20 regular adult / no charge for youth younger than 18 years
Regular (April 22 – May 6) Prices: $20 student/senior / $25 regular adult / no charge for youth younger than 18 years

 Mantua: The Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) penned some of the very first operas, took the art form of the madrigal to new heights, and created stunning sacred music. Our concert will feature three of his madrigals, including his setting of Sfogava con le stelle, whose musical language reaches into the realm of opera. We will also perform his masterwork Lauda Jerusalem, Domine for double choir. In his time in Mantua, Monteverdi was employed by the long-reigning Gonzaga family. The Gonzaga court had an excellent orchestra, which Monteverdi conducted. One of the ensemble’s members was the Jewish violinist and composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630.) Rossi wrote music for viol ensemble for his Christian employer, and also wrote liturgical music for the synagogue in Mantua’s Jewish ghetto. Additionally, he wrote beautiful madrigals; we will feature three of these in our May 6 concert, including Rossi’s setting ofSfogava con le stelle.

London: Over in London, the writing of madrigals was equally popular, and the composer Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) led the pack with his famous The Silver Swan. Gibbons wrote volumes of music for the virginal, and in this was in the good company of William Byrd (1539/40-1623). Byrd had become infamous for becoming a Catholic in the midst of the Anglican court of Elizabeth I. However, because she loved his music, the Virgin Queen overlooked his religious affiliations and allowed him to pursue his art undisturbed. Our concert will include a performance of his incredible settings of the texts Ne irascaris Domine and Civitas sancti tui.

The CRSP Players: The Players are quickly becoming audience favourites. Recorder player John van Leeuwen will be joined by violinist Andrea Neumann and cellist Joan Kent in some trios by Rossi and by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643). We are thrilled that, in addition, Joan Kent will lead CRSP’s brand-new viol consort in its very first public performance as a part of this event.

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director
Download Concert Poster

We look forward to welcoming you all to our May 6 concert!