The 2019-20 season will be the seventh subscription season for our ensemble. The season includes collaborations with a variety of guest artists, featuring works from Renaissance to contemporary Canadian composers. There are three commissioned works throughout the season, reflecting on other established works on the program. Read our season newsletter with a letter from Artistic Director and Founder Timothy Shantz below to learn more!

Subscriptions and 3-concert bundles for 2019-20 season include 15% discount and are available via  Mount Royal Box Office  (403-440-7770) . Single tickets are on sale as of July 2, 2019. Click on Elmer Iseler Singers to find out more details about this special concert.

 
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Our 2019-20 Season subscription includes:

Nymphs of the West

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00pm 
The Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University 

Malcolm Forsyth - Hesperides with 2 harps
Malcolm Forsyth - Endymion’s Dream 
Scott Ross-Molyneux - new commission for harp & choir world premiere 
Sven-David Sandstrom - Four Songs of Love
Ivo Antognini - I am the Rose of Sharon
Gabriel Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine with harp
Gustav Holst - Choral Hymns from the Rig-Veda, Group III Op. 26 No. 3 - SSAA and harp 
Leonard Enns - The Sunne of Grace choir with harp and solo soprano 

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A Luminous New Year’s Eve 

Special guest Mark Shilansky, piano, jazz piano
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:00pm 
The Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University 

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The Tudors (smaller choir of 16)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00pm 
The Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University 

Thomas Tallis - O Nata Lux 
William Byrd - Mass for 5 voices 
Thomas Tallis - Magnificat for Four Voices 
Thomas Tallis - Ave, Dei patris filia 
John Sheppard - The Lord’s Prayer 
John Sheppard - Hec Dies 
John Sheppard - Libera Nos, Salva Nos 
Two more commissions – details coming 

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Allegri’s Miserere and Togni’s Lamentations 

Special guest Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7:30pm
The Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University 

Allegri - Miserere Mei, Deus 
Lasso - Timor et tremor 
Morales - Emendemus in melius 
Byrd - Ave verum corpus 
Roderick Williams - Ave verum corpus Re-imagined 
Togni - Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae 

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Most concerts will be preceded by an open rehearsal and/or Community Singing workshop – details will be announced in September 2019.

 

A LETTER FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER TIMOTHY SHANTZ:

Dear friends, patrons and supporters,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-20 season of Luminous Voices, Calgary’s professional choir featuring choral gems, new classics and three world premieres. Whether you have been with us from the beginning or are new to Luminous Voices, there is music for everyone!

In October, we revisit Malcolm Forsyth’s wonderfully colourful work Hesperides as part of a Forsyth symposium that weekend. The piece is written for two harps and set to suggestive poetry on the universal topic of love. Gianetta Baril and Scott Ross-Molyneux are our guests for this concert, which will feature music by Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, Fauré, Holst, Swiss composer Antognini as well as Canadian Leonard Enns. We will also premiere a new work by Calgary composer Scott Ross-Molyneux for choir and harp.

Enjoy A Luminous New Year’s Eve in style with Luminous Voices performing classic choral works along with jazz standards including arrangements by our guest artist, pianist Mark Shilansky!

In February, we explore the Tudor Period, performing works by the English Renaissance masters Tallis, Byrd and Sheppard with a slightly smaller ensemble of singers. The concert will also feature two world premieres by composers Carmen Braden and Zachary Wadsworth, both providing a modern reflection on the Tudor music.

In March, we are pleased to present the famous Elmer Iseler Singers from Toronto, conducted by Lydia Adams. The performance tour, celebrating their 40th anniversary, will mark their first time in Calgary in many years and will include Luminous Voices as well.

Finally, we conclude our season on Good Friday with Allegri’s stunning Miserere, Byrd’s Ave verum corpus, and motets by Lasso and Morales. The program will also feature Peter-Anthony Togni’s Lamentations of Jeremiah with guest artist Jeff Reilly on bass clarinet. This piece was premiered, toured and recorded by the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Be sure to take in our free events such as open rehearsals, community sings and masterclasses at the New Central Library, cSPACE King Edward Theatre and other locations throughout the season.


We look forward to sharing our voices and the world’s music with you.

Yours in song,

Timothy Shantz

Past Seasons 

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2019-20 season pricing

Subscriptions and bundles include 15% discount and can be purchased at tickets.mru.ca (403-440-7770). Remember that any discounts (senior/students/codes) are applied right before you check out.

1. NYMPHS OF THE WEST

2. A LUMINOUS NEW YEAR’S EVE

3. THE TUDORS

4. ALLEGRI’S MISERERE AND TOGNI’S LAMENTATIONS