A Tale of Two Cities
Sunday, May 6th
Pre-Concert Talk 2:30 PM / Concert 3:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Join CRSP as they take you on a tour of Mantua and London with a motley mixture of madrigals and instrumental music to celebrate love, leisure, and the lilt of spring! Guest artist TBC. Further details to come.
Special Concert featuring
Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and
Spiritus Chamber Choir
Tuesday, June 19th at 7:30 PM
Beth Tzedek Synagogue (1325 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary)
This will be a concert of music by Jewish composers and on Jewish texts. Further details to come.
Exultate! Rejoice! – Sunday, December 10th
With guest performers Katie Partridge, Chellan Hoffman
and the CRSP Players
Congratulations are in order! This concert was a smashing success with record numbers attending.
In the words of our Director, Jane Perry:
“It was stupendous — it truly was. The biggest audience we’ve had in seven years was on hand to witness a concert of elegance and beauty, with sparkling guest artists and a choir that was absolutely on fire. Congratulations to the entire team of singers, dancers, volunteers, crew, special guests, and our number-one fans for a magnificent evening.”
This concert featured Katie Partridge (a member of Luminous Voices and an early-music specialist here in Calgary). We heard 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. Ms. Partridge also performed Monteverdi’s jubilant Laudate Dominum, accompanied by the brilliant Calgary organist Chellan Hoffman, and Bach’s haunting Quia respexit (Magnificat), and John van Leeuwen performing on Baroque oboe d’amore.
The Players, our core of early-music instrumentalists, were also featured brightly in this concert. St. Stephen’s rung with the sounds of recorders, shawms, harpsichord, bells, drums, and viol, which enticed 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, was a performance on chalumeau (a grandfather to the modern clarinet) by Adrianna van Leeuwen, who has been studying early music in the Netherlands and returned to Calgary to interpret two movements of a Telemann sonata for chalumeau and continuo.
The choir itself presented music that ran 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 included the choir, the Players, and soloist Katie Partridge in a series of settings of the text “Omnis mundus jocundetur” — all the world rejoices.
Other Community Performances
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:30pm: Equinox Vigil at Union Cemetery
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00pm: A Choral Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Christmas caroling at various times and locations in Calgary during the Christmas season.