We not only share the stage with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus on Wednesday, but also with one of the renowned organists in the city: Dr. Neil Cockburn! Neil will join us on Fauré's Requiem, both works by Dove, and the Te Deum in C by Benjamin Britten. And because we are performing in the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Neil will play the magnificent 6,008-pipe Carthy organ built by Casavant Frères.
In addition to two works by Benjamin Britten, our collaborative concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus will feature two works by British composer Jonathan Dove: Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars, and Bless the Lord, O My Soul.
One of the works Luminous Voices will perform on its own is The Twelve by William Walton. The Twelve is an anthem for the Feast of any Apostle, and will feature both Neil Cockburn on the organ and various soloists from within the choir.
Our next concert is already next week: a collaboration with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and organist Neil Cockburn! Luminous Voices will be presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of its Calgary Phil Presents concert series on Wednesday 09 May. The second half of the collaborative program will feature the Requiem by the French composer Gabriel Fauré.
While renowned for their interpretation and performance of music from the Renaissance, The Tallis Scholars is equally praised for bringing fresh interpretations to music by contemporary composers, including Arvo Pärt.
Victoria isn't the only Spanish Renaissance composer represented on The Tallis Scholars' tour program. Alonso Lobo, a composer of the later Renaissance whom Victoria himself considered to be his 'equal', composed the motet Versa est in luctum in 1598, and will be performed when The Tallis Scholars visit Calgary on Tuesday 24 April at the Bella Concert Hall.
If you joined us for our most recent A Luminous New Year's Eve concert, the name Jean Mouton should remind you of his reputation as one of the foremost Renaissance composers from France. His Quis Dabit Oculis Nostris, a lament for the wife of King Louis XII of France, is a masterwork the Tallis Scholars will perform on its tour program.
On this concert tour, The Tallis Scholars will perform two movements from the 1603 setting of Tomas Luis de Victoria's Missa pro defunctis (i.e., Mass of the Dead, or Requiem Mass). These movements will bookend the second half: first with the 'Requiem aeternam' and then with the 'Libera me'.
Calgary is the last stop on The Tallis Scholars' War and Peace tour of the US and Canada. The concert programme commemorates all those who lost their lives in the First World War, 1914-1918. Take a look at the tour programme, and be sure to visit back over the coming weeks for more details about the repertoire.
Many of us have taken a leap of faith to share our life with that special someone. Soprano Christina Jahn shares her story about how she and her husband — fellow Luminary Paul Grindlay — approached the subject.
Have you ever had to place your trust in something over which you have no control? What if you had to put your trust in Mother Nature, herself? We continue our series of chorister leaps of faith with tenor Rod Olson, who carved out a unique career in Calgary.
As we continue to count down toward Leap of Faith, for the next two weeks we will post videos of our choristers talking about instances in their lives when they took a leap of faith. We begin with soprano Julie Crouch -- and we are very glad she took her leap of faith!
Luminous Voices loves to sing the motets of Johann Sebastian Bach! For our final self-produced concert of the 2017-18 season, we're pleased to offer the motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness).
The last work of the first half for Leap of Faith is Die Erste Elegie by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. While that name may not be as familiar as other contemporary choral composers such as Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott or Morten Lauridsen, Rautavaara (1928-2016) is a well-known name in choral circles.