Music of Three Faiths – May 5, 2013

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players Presents

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Music of Three Faiths
Sunday, May 5, 7:30 PM
Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Ave SW (map)
Calgary, AB

7:00 pm Pre-concert talk
Post-concert reception

$20 Regular, $15 Senior / Student
Free admission for under-18
Advance tickets at Classics Plus
or tickets@renaissance-singers.com

In its final concert of the 2012 – 2013 season, CRSP will create a space where musicians, dancers, speakers from diverse faith groups, and audience members will gather together to explore the idea of religious pluralism. The concept of religious pluralism is as relevant today as it was on the Iberian peninsula in 15th-century Spain, when communities of Christians, Jews and Muslims co-existed relatively peacefully with an attitude of “live and let live.”

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Taking this as its starting point, CRSP will present a program that includes little-known Spanish Medieval and Renaissance music from the Christian tradition, along with some recent works.  Guest dancers and instrumentalists, including oud player Mehdi Pouragha, will offer creative expressions representing more modern Jewish and Muslim traditions.  As well, three invited guest speakers, each representing one of these three faiths, will share their respective thoughts on religious pluralism in Calgary today.  We are delighted to announce that Mayor Naheed Nenshi has accepted our invitation to be our honoured guest at this concert.

It is a happy coincidence that on May 5, 2013, many Canadian Christian communities will be marking Pluralism Sunday.  This is just one example of many in which members of one faith reach out to meet and learn about their brothers and sisters in other faith communities.  CRSP is proud to be contributing to this worthwhile discussion.

We invite you to arrive in time for the 7pm pre-concert talk, in which chorister Marcia Epstein will talk about the religious communities of 15th-century Spain and about the one thing they all had in common: hand-drawn miniatures of architecture, musical instruments and daily life.

Following the concert, we invite you to join us for refreshments and conversation.  After a concert like this one, there will be a lot to talk about!

Jane Perry
Artistic Director, Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players


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