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Calmus: Christmas A Cappella
December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 7:30 PM
Bring in Christmas with one of Europe’s most celebrated vocal ensembles.
A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again. These five Leipzig musicians have won a whole string of international prizes and competitions, including the ECHO Klassik and Supersonic Award, and the reach of their activities is constantly expanding, taking them throughout Europe as well as to North and South America. In 2010 the quintet made its debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.
The musicians are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys’ choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. The music of our own time is also a real passion. In all their ventures, there are frequently interesting partnerships with musicians such as the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Hamburger Ratsmusik and the Frankfurt Radio Bigband. As this often means totally new repertoire in the area of contemporary music, over the years Calmus has commissioned numerous new works from composers including Bernd Franke, Steffen Schleiermacher, Wolfram Buchenberg, Mathew Rosenblum, Bill Dobbins, Michael Denhoff and Harald Banter, and the group has given many world premieres. It goes without saying that they revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.
Part of their work is devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home in Leipzig and on their travels. It’s no wonder that Calmus, with its unique line-up of soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone and bass, is gaining more and more fans worldwide.
Enjoy an all-inclusive (Tax and Tip included) three-course dinner beforehand at the highly renowned Amorette – https://amorette.com/.
Calmus Christmas A Cappella
Veni Emanuel Traditional, 14th century, arr: Calmus
Tobias’ favorite songs
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging Traditional from Germany, 19th century
arr: Ludwig Böhme
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 599/659
Johann Fischer, from: “Missa in Contrapuncto”
Johann H. Schein/Michael Praetorius Gunnar Eriksson “Kristallen den fina”
Coventry Carol Tradtional from England, 16th century
Stefans favorite songs
O Nata Lux Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Mirabile Mysterium Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591)
O magnum mysterium Francis Poulenc (1899-1969)
Ludwigs favorite songs
Singet frisch und wohlgemut Hugo Distler (1908-1942) op. 12/4
Today the Virgin John Tavener (1944-2013)
Hark! The Herald angels sing Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
arr: Philip Lawson
Anjas favorite songs
Huron Carol Traditional from Canada, Jean de Brébeuf (1642),
De tierra lejana venimos Traditional from Puerto Rico, arr: Juan Garcia
O Tannenbaum Traditional from Germany, 16th century
arr. Ludwig Böhme
Manuels favorite songs
Wexford Carol Traditional from Ireland, William Grattan Flood
(1859-1928), arr: Naomi Crellin
White Christmas Irving Berlin (1888-1989), arr: Sebastian Krause
La Peregrinacion Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010), arr: Gregor Meyer
Jingle bells James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893)
arr: Ludwig Böhme