2014-2015 Season

6Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players
2014 – 2015 Season: Spirit of the Renaissance

In this concert season, CRSP celebrated music of the last 50 years inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance.


Image credit: by Joseph Cote on Flickr 

The Spirit of the Renaissance: Part I


Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121-14 Ave SW – Map. (note: street parking only)

turn_goldMUSIC:  We performed Giovanni Gabrieli’s triumphant double-choir setting of “Hodie Christus natus est” alongside the gorgeous eight-part setting of “O magnum mysterium” by U. S. composer Morten Lauridsen. Reflective music by Salamone Rossi and Melchior Vulpius found companions in the music of Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo and Swedish composer Jan Sandström. Sandström’s double-choir setting of Michael Praetorius’s “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” involved a second choir providing a haunting, unearthly choral glow around Praetorius’s original harmonies.

turn_goldGUEST ARTIST: We were proud to present recorder player Racheal Cogan as our guest artist. Some of you will remember Racheal’s performance at our May 2014 concert, and will understand why we just had to have her back.

turn_goldSPECIAL FEATURE: We resurrected of The Good Cheer Section, a small group of CRSP choristers who made enthusiastic presentations of Renaissance carols and drinking songs to add a little extra festivity to this holiday concert.

The Spirit of the Renaissance: Part II


Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121-14 Ave SW – (note: street parking only)

In this concert, CRSP performed works celebrating the theme of “life and death” by Medieval and Renaissance English composers, as well as modern European composers who took their musical inspiration from the Renaissance. Works by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the English composer John Tavener (d. 2013) stood alongside music by English Medieval Renaissance composers John Taverner, Guillaume de Machaut, John Sheppard, and others. Between musical selections, Calgary professional actor Josh Bertwistle and Kendra Vanwijk performed scenes from the Everyman Play (from the late 15th century) as abridged by playwright Lorna Rowsell-Petti.


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