Concert December 10th – Exultate! Rejoice!

Sunday, December 10, 2017
7:30pm

(Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm)

Location:  St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:
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Come and help us celebrate the light that shines in the darkness!

Katie Partridge is a member of Luminous Voices and an early-music specialist here in Calgary.  With this concert, she steps into the spotlight as a concert soloist in a programme that she helped to design.  You will hear her bring to life the music of Hildegard von Bingen and anonymous colleagues of nearly 1,000 years ago — perfect music for the beautiful sanctuary acoustic of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in the Beltline.  Ms. Partridge will also perform Monteverdi’s jubilant Laudate Dominum, accompanied by the brilliant Calgary organist Chellan Hoffman, and Bach’s haunting Quia respexit (Magnificat), in which you will also hear John van Leeuwen performing on Baroque oboe d’amore.

The Players, our core of early-music instrumentalists, will also be featured brightly in this concert.  St. Stephen’s will ring with the sounds of recorders, shawms, harpsichord, bells, drums, and viol, enticing some Renaissance dancers to kick up their heels for a joyful moment or two.  Unique to this concert, and indeed to the Calgary concert scene, will be a performance on chalumeau (a grandfather to the modern clarinet) by Adrianna van Leeuwen, who has been studying early music in the Netherlands and returns to Calgary to interpret two movements of a Telemann sonata for chalumeau and continuo.

The choir itself will present music that runs the gamut from mediaeval English Christmas carols such as There is no rose of such virtue to early-Renaissance choral compositions from the Codex Speciálnik (c. 1500). The concert’s finale will include the choir, the Players, and soloist Katie Partridge in a series of settings of the text “Omnis mundus jocundetur” — all the world rejoices.

We look forward to greeting you all warmly in December!

Ticket Prices
Note that we have two different ticket prices for this season!

Early Bird Price (until November 25th) $20 Regular / $15 Senior/Student / Under 18 Free. Early bird tickets only available online!

Regular Price (from November 26 until date of concert) $25 Regular / $20 Senior/Student / Under 18 Free. If you purchase tickets directly from choir members, the regular price applies!

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director
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CRSP – Reformation Concert on Saturday, October 28

A Choral Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
66 – 7 Street NE, Calgary
www.stmatthewlutherancalgary.com

Join CRSP for a one-hour choral concert to mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation (1517 – 2017).  We are performing this concert at the kind invitation of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Our performance will open with Martin Luther’s musical setting of Psalm 46 “Eine feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)”, followed by J. S. Bach’s two chorale arrangements of Luther’s original melody.  From there, we will explore Protestantism through the music of Praetorius, Sweelinck, Tallis, Byrd, and works from the Codex Specialnik.  The performance will end with Felix Mendelssohn’s grand setting of Psalm 43 “Richte mich, Gott (Vindicate me, O Lord)”.  CRSP Artistic Director Jane Perry will present two harpsichord solos as a part of the afternoon’s offerings, and the concert will be narrated by CRSP baritone Nicholas Zekulin.

Admission is by freewill offering
Half of the collected monies will be donated to the Rehabilitation Society of Calgary.

May 7th Concert: Renaissance Meets Klezmer!

Renaissance Meets Klezmer!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Pre-Concert Talk 7 PM / Concert 7:30 PM
Location: Temple B’nai Tikvah (900 – 47 Avenue SW, Calgary)

CRSP will present music by Jewish composers and on Jewish texts. This includes two settings of Psalm 150, one by Srul Irving Glick and another by CRSP’s own Marcia Jenneth Epstein.

We will also sing music by Felix Mendelssohn and by the Italian Jewish Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi, a musician whose works have experienced a recent revival.

Our Players will perform instrumental works by Rossi, represented by a trio of baroque violin (Andrea Neumann), baroque recorder (John van Leeuwen) and baroque cello (Joan Kent.)

And in the second half of the concert, CRSP will present two beautiful songs from the Sephardic tradition, as well as perform a few traditional Israeli dances.

We wrap it all up with a toe-tapping version of Bai Mir Bisti Sheyn as arranged by Joshua Jacobson, conductor of Boston’s Zamir Chorale.

We know you won’t want to miss a minute of “Renaissance Meets Klezmer!”

Featuring:
Frank Rackow, clarinet
Andrea Neumann, baroque violin
John van Leeuwen, baroque recorder
Joan Kent, baroque cello
Brent Van Dusen, percussion

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director
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December 4th 2016 Concert: Noé, Noé, Noël!

Noé, Noé, Noël!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm

Location:  St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:  Google map

Our first concert of the season will see us exploring the music of Old France and New France with Noé, Noé, Noël! Old France will be represented by some French composers (Mouton, Costeley), a Franco-Flemish composer (Josquin des Prez), a Dutch composer who composed in the French polyphonic style (Sweelinck), and by at least one composer who was not at all French but who happened to write a beautiful, little-known gem in French (Orlando di Lasso and his La nuict froide et sombre.)

New France will be represented by two Canadian composers (Peter Togni’s setting of Ave Maria and Eleanor Daley’s interpretation of The Huron Carol), arrangements of French carols by the Canadian musicologist and performer Ernest Gagnon, and The Huron Carol sung in the Huron language.

Joining us will be the CRSP Players, a group of eight musicians led by the wonderful John van Leeuwen and playing recorders, baroque oboe and bassoon and violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

All in all, it promises to be a glorious evening of music, enriched by the acoustic warmth of the sanctuary at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director

Medieval Day – July 23rd – Cochrane

 

HEAR YE!  HEAR YE!

CPL-MEDIEVALDAY-POSTER6_0Some CRSP members will be Wandering Minstrels at Medieval Day in Cochrane on Satuday July 23rd!

From 10 AM – 4 PM, the Cochrane Pulbic Library is putting on this wonderful free festival featuring jousting, knights performing sword practice, food trucks, petting zoo, costume contest, demos, and the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players performing as wandering minstrels.

Merry times to be had for all!