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Calmus Ensemble: Shakespeare A Cappella

April 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The writings of William Shakespeare have inspired composers since the 16th century. In this program, the celebrated vocal ensemble presents the words of Shakespeare set to music by various composers including Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), John Tavener (1944-2013), Ralph Vaughan WIlliams (1872-1958), just to name a few. Texts are drawn from Twelfth Night, the Sonnets, Othello, The Tempest, and more.

“Nothing short of remarkable…they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.”
– Deseret Morning News

Tickets ($20/$15) available through the WYO Theater. 

A cash bar is available in the WCA lobby before the concert and during intermission courtesy of Big Horn Y.

Featured in The Sheridan Press.

More about Calmus Ensemble:

The Calmus Ensemble from Germany was the First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Founded in 1999, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn.  Whether singing music by those German masters or other works in its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire, as  well as pop songs and jazz.  Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener: “…the singers bring tremendous character and musical depth to their interpretations… that transcends the language of the lyrics.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Calmus begins 2016-17 with a summer tour featuring return visits to the Chautauqua Institution and Wisconsin’s Green Lake Festival as well as new engagements in Princeton, NJ and Panama City, Panama.  Highlighted performances in early 2017 include return engagements at The Cloisters in NYC and Purdue Convocations, and debut performances for San Francisco’s Morrison Arts Series, Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and Luther College, Portland Friends of Chamber Music (OR), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (OH), San Antonio Chamber Music Society and Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamzoo, MI.

Recent North American highlights include Calmus’ New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and other NYC engagements at Lincoln Center Great Performers, Met Museum Presents, The Cloisters, Schneider Concerts at the New School, and a special sacred program in fall 2012 at Manhattan’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the St. Thomas Choir School.  Featured engagments on prior US tours include Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue University Convocations, Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, Washington Performing Arts, University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Bach Society of Houston and Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series (Chicago). US Festival appearances include: the Virginia Arts Festival; Rockport Chamber Music Festival; Chautauqua Instituion; and Wisconsin’s Madison Early Music Festival and Green Lake Festival.

With over fifteen recordings to its credit, Calmus CD, Madrigals of Madness, was selected by theNew York Times Classical critics among the best CD’s of 2014, and their latest release,Christmas Carols of the World, led to a special 2015 Holiday concert at New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space, with live video streaming on WQXR’s website.  The quintet’s prior release was Touched, featuring a unique intermingling of classical and popular songs ranging from Purcell and Monteverdi to Elton John and Sting, and they also received the 2009 Echo Klassik Award for Lied:gut!, a disc of German folksongs. Other recent releases include: Mythos 116, highlighting six different settings of Psalm 116; and Christmas Carols, Calmus‘ first Holiday CD which was received enthusiastically: “…perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style (Classics Today).

An active concert schedule worldwide has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and North and South America.  Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where the group attended a master class with the King’s Singers. In addition to garnering First Prize and numerous performance prizes at the CAG Competiton, other prestigious awards bestowed upon the ensemble include First Prizes at the fourth annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition, the International Competition for Vocal Ensembles in Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.

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April 26, 2017
7:30 pm