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:

Purchase tickets from members, at the door, or online via Brown Paper Tickets

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.”

In the 1960s, rock star Jim Morrison purred, “Let me stand next to your fire.” Our Italian Renaissance rock stars were equally skilled at metaphor. In the madrigal “Tutto lo dì,” Orlando di Lasso (1532–1594) says to his lover, “I wish you’d tell me to ring… your cymbal” and then just comes right out with it: “I’d like to have you beneath me.” Somewhere, a lady blushed.

Di Lasso’s colleagues were no less brazen. At our concert, you will hear what Don Carlo Gesualdo (1560–1613) and Giovanni Giancarlo Gastoldi (1550-1622) were crooning to the objects of their respective affections.

To balance the gender equation, CRSP will present the world premiere performance of an exciting new madrigal by Calgary composer and CRSP chorister Marcia Jenneth Epstein, with lyrics taken from the works of the Italian Renaissance poet Isabella Andreini (1562–1604.)

Two of the biggest rock stars of the Italian Renaissance will also be represented in our concert program:

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (ca. 1525–1594) reached new heights of composition with his sacred polyphony. We will present his motet “Tu Es Petrus” and “Missa Tu Es Petrus”, a parody mass that Palestrina wrote on his own theme. It fits nicely into our rock-star theme, as “Petrus” can mean both “Peter” and “Rock”! And no concert of Italian Renaissance hits would be complete without Palestrina’s gorgeous “Sicut cervus.”
  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) was one of the first-ever composers of opera. CRSP soloists will present two arias from his opera “The Coronation of Poppea,” including the achingly beautiful duet “Pur ti miro (I gaze at you).”

Caravaggio, The Musicians (c. 1595).

Our guest musicians for this concert of Italian Renaissance music are Calgary recorder players Racheal Cogan and Alan Jessop, who will present gorgeous works by Salamone Rossi (c. 1570- c. 1630) and other Italian masters. I am pleased to be joining them at the harpsichord for this performance.

Our concert venue is another star of the show; the newly-renovated sanctuary at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church is absolutely stunning both in its look and its phenomenal acoustic.

Warm regards,

Jane Perry

Artistic Director, Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

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