The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players and the Foothills Brass invite you to a festive celebration of the season, with works by Gabrieli, Praetorius, Victoria, Lauridsen, and others.
A Renaissance Christmas
Sunday, December 2, at 3PM
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
(1121 – 14th Avenue SW) – map
2:30 pm Pre-concert talk
$20 Regular, $15 Senior / Student
Free admission for under-18
Advance tickets at Classics Plus
The program will open and close with works for choir and brass, including Gabrieli’s triumphant Hodie Christus Natus Est. As one of its choral selections, the CRSP will perform a radiant gem of the Renaissance repertoire: Victoria’s O magnum mysterium. We are pairing this work with a more modern interpretation by the American composer Morten Lauridsen; this gorgeous O magnum mysterium is one of the top-ten repertoire favourites of every choral conductor I know. We will also regale you with Renaissance carols in German, French, and English.
For its part, the Foothills Brass will bring its much-loved mix of excellent musicianship and good clean fun. The quintet will perform everything from rafter-raising Christmas fanfares to (with the help of CRSP) some slightly silly takes on well-known carols. As a special treat, trumpeter Chris Morrison will give a short lecture-demonstration of Renaissance-era brass instruments. He will be aided in this effort by the Calgary Crumhorn Band (formed especially for this concert!)
Add to this some audience singalong carols accompanied by brass, and you have a very fine afternoon of musical offerings.
Pre-Concert Talk 2:30PM
As a new feature this season, the CRSP is offering pre-concert talks at each of its three series concerts. We invite you to come and enjoy a 15-minute discussion of the works that will be performed. On December 2nd at 2:30pm, CRSP bass Nick Žekulin will offer historical context to the Christmas repertoire we have chosen to perform that day.
See our 2012-2013 Season page
for more information on upcoming concerts.