Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3:00pm
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, Calgary
Program: Luminous Voices values its strong reputation for championing new music. Exploring themes of travel and life’s journeys, both expected and unexpected, this program features the world premiere of a new commission by Heather Schmidt. Other works include Bach’s Furchte dich nicht, Wadsworth’s Come to the Road, and Frank Ticheli’s Constellation.
A Luminous New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 8:00pm
Knox United Church, Calgary
Program: Luminous Voices celebrated New Year’s Eve with our Calgary tradition. We presented a wide range of inspiring classical and popular music in an historic venue that sparkled by candlelight. We rang in the new year with singing, champagne from Artisan Wines, and chocolate from The Chocolate Lab!
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00pm
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, Calgary
Program: Luminous Voices opened the 2016-17 season with Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle”, a varied and expressive work from the Italian opera master that is neither “little” nor “solemn.” Rossini’s original (and preferred) version is scored for four soloists and choir, accompanied by two pianos and harmonium.
Guest instrumentalists included pianists Cheryl Emery and Leanne Regehr, and harmonium player Nathaniel Schmidt.
Luminous Voices Youth Spotlight
As a leader in Calgary's choral community, Luminous Voices takes great pride in inspiring tomorrow's generations of singers. Thanks to the generous support of the RBC Foundation, this season we have launched the Luminous Voices Youth Spotlight.
"Today's young singers are tomorrow's stars," says Timothy Shantz, founder and artistic director of Luminous Voices. "We want to foster exceptional singing and musicianship by showcasing great choral programs around Calgary. "Music can provide unique and exciting opportunities for these young people as they continue to grow and discover their life pursuits."
Throughout the season, three different youth choirs will perform in the lobby of the Bella Concert Hall before a Luminous Voices concert. They will each get free admission to the concert, and also some time with Shantz and a few choristers.
"We want to show young singers what they can aspire to in their musical lives," says Shantz. "By giving youth an opportunity to perform for our audience, we hopefully inspire them to continue their musical training -- especially in the choral arts."
The Youth Spotlight series kicks off with the Calgary Boys' Choir, who will perform before the season-opening "Petite Messe solennelle" by Giaochino Rossini on Sunday, October 16th. Cantaré Children's Choir is scheduled to perform in February and we are still searching for the group to perform in June 2017. If you know of an interested organization or school please contact us at: email@example.com.
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Calgary Program:
Togni – Responsio
Special Guest Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet
Presented in partnership with the Calgary New Music Festival
Our last concert for the 2015-16 season was Responsio by Peter-Anthony Togni, featuring four of our Luminaries. Please join us in early May for that -- at which we will have some big news to pass along about the 2016-17 season!
Album Launch - May 7th
Zachary Wadsworth - The Far West
Zachary Wadsworth's The Far West is a powerful cantata which addresses the AIDS crisis through music and poetry of Tim Dlugos, who died of the disease in 1990 at the age of 40 while studying to become a priest. Through this work, Luminous Voices honours those affected by HIV/AIDS, past, present and future. Tim Shantz, Zachary Wadsworth, and the singers of Luminous Voices joined forces with Lawrence Wiliford and a string orchestra to record this powerful. The CD will be launched on May 7th after the Responsio concert.
Luminous Voices Presents
CONSPIRARE: COMPANY OF VOICES
Cantaré Children's Choir, Luminous Voices, and CADME, in partnership with PODIUM 2016 and with the support of the Mount Royal Conservatory, the Rozsa Foundation, and the Calgary Foundation, are proud to present Conspirare: A Company of Voices.
Conspirare is a virtuoso choir. The Grammy-winning ensemble comprises distinctive solo artists who are also committed to the highest level of ensemble performance. These professional singers from around USA provide audiences with a rare level of choral music making.
Monday, May 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
Bella Concert Hall
Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts
Mount Royal University
Sunday, April 3, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
604 1st Street SE, Calgary
The third concert in our self-presented season is quickly approaching! Luminous Voices, comprised of 23 singers for this next concert, will present UK Composer Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, which is a reflection on the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago. The work was commissioned by Nigel Short and Tenebrae and completed in 2005. Luminous Voices' performance of the work will be a Calgary premiere.
Path of Miracles is divided into four movements totalling about 65 minutes in length. Each movement is titled after a major staging point along the Camino: Roncesvalles, Burgos, Leon, and Santiago. The concert will proceed straight through without an intermission.
We are pleased to welcome Doug Bouey for a pre-concert chat at 2:15pm and invite you to join us for that. As well, after the concert, we are hosting a post-concert reception in the parish hall adjacent to the Cathedral for wine, light snacks, and company. Given the special performance of Responsio on May 7, which the last concert in our season and includes only four singers (Katie Partridge, Patricia Thompson, Timothy Shantz, and Oliver Munar, with Jeff Reilly on bass clarinet), this will be the last chance to meet with the choir during the 2015-16 season. Please join us!
Circle of 100
We can present the high quality performances that we do only with your support; please consider making a donation to Luminous Voices. Donations can be made on the front page of our website, www.luminousvoices.ca. Earlier in the season, we launched a new fundraising campaign called Circle of 100. We are thrilled to announce that, to date, more than 40 individuals have joined The Circle. We look forward to meeting our goal of 100 members by the end of June.
A review of our February 4 concert
February 5, 2016
Choirs join forces for powerful performance
"... [Calgary] now has an exemplary professional choir, Luminous Voices, one that matches what Edmonton has enjoyed lo these many years. And to have them share a concert with its Edmonton counterpart, Pro Coro Canada, each half conducted by a different conductor, was wonderful to hear—evidence of the choral excellence that now present in both cities.
...That the choir could sing this music ... with such authority and security was even more impressive. Not only was there a solid core to the sound, but this core was able to expand into wide expanses of tone, reaching the highest notes in the soprano register, as well as a subterranean bottom.
Luminous Voices returns in concert on Jan 31 and Feb 4 with special collaborations with Pro Coro Canada, one of the top professional chamber choirs in Canada. Together, our voices will bring you the works of Aleksandr Sheremetev, Arturs Maskats and Ukrainian-Canadian composer Roman Hurko, two of the movements of the epic "Concerto for Choir" by Alfred Schnittke, and the famous "All-Night Vigil" by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
January 31, 2016 - A co-presentation with The Winspear Centre as part of the “Live at the Winspear” series, Rachmaninoff – Ancient Echoes. Tickets available here.
February 4, 2016 - Hosted as part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra season series "Calgary Phil Presents". Tickets available here.
Vedel' Recording Project complete!
January 3, 2016
And we've finished our Vedel' recording project! Thanks to all the support from the Ukraine Millennium Foundation, our recording engineers, and all our singers from around North America both this past week and in August 2014 who have made this project a reality! Stay tuned to this page and our website for the latest on when the finished project will be available!
Happy New Year from Luminous Voices
For those who missed it, here's the world premiere of "Auld Lang Syne" as arranged by Zachary Wadsworth! Happy New Year from all of us at Luminous Voices! https://youtu.be/z7cgVM5o13w
Luminous New Year's Eve
December 31, 2016
Ring in the New Year with Luminous Voices
Spend New Year's Eve surrounded by the “Luminous Voices” of Calgary's only professional chamber choir. Enjoy a selection of choral music gems, from the haunting and meditative polyphony of Palestrina to vibrant and joyful music of Jonathan Dove. Indulge in some "champagne et chocolat" with Luminous Voices! Featuring delectable goodies from Calgary-based The Chocolate Lab and Artisan Wines, "Shantz"es are it will become a great New Year's tradition for you and the whole family! Tickets available here: http://luminousnye.bpt.me/.
A review of our October 18 concert
October 19, 2015
Luminous Voices breathtaking in Bella Concert Hall performance
"Anyone interested in gauging the current health of the Calgary classical music scene could hardly find a better measuring stick than this impressive concert. The choral singing was, put simply, breathtakingly beautiful, enhanced by the sympathetic, warm acoustics of the new Bella Concert Hall...
...The performance of the Mozart Requiem could hardly be bettered anywhere. As in the earlier pieces the choir sang with confidence, expressiveness, and complete conviction..."
Lauren Woods, soprano
Sara Staples, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Paul Grindlay, bass
Thank you to everyone who joined us for tis concert! We're so thankful for all your support, and so pleased we could share such beautiful music with all of you. Huge thanks to the members of our chamber orchestra, our soloists -- Lauren Woods Soprano, Sara Staples - Mezzo Soprano, Benjamin Butterfield and Paul Grindlay -- and our expanded group of choristers.
Luminous Voices 2015-2016 Subscriptions Available
Subscriptions for the complete 2015-16 season collection are available in a number of different forms.
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three-concert subscriptions with your choice of concerts
Please purchase a subscription, click the button on the front page of our website, or print, complete, and mail the subscription form, taking care to note which concerts you would like to attend. To do this online, either add a "note to seller" before completing your order or email us with your choices. By mail, simply make a note of your choices on the form.
We look forward to sharing with you the wonderful music of this season's concerts!
"If you want to understand Luminous Voices and what its artistic mandate is all about it was easily found in Sunday night’s perfect performance of Dove’s distilled essence of pure musicality. Whether it was conversationalist caprice in Dickenson’s Answer July, or immaculate rounded tone and clearest diction, centred with glowing vowel sounds depicting the black shade of a hot summer sun as symbolized perfectly in Peele’s poem, Luminous Voices showed why the purest, practised, polished choral technique can grant life and illumination to Dove’s — or any other composer’s — masterpiece the ensemble chooses to perform."
Luminous Voices is thrilled to announce the release of our first CD! We took the opportunity to record our rehearsals and performance of Mendelssohn's Te Deum in June 2014 featuring Neil Cockburn on organ. Written when Mendelssohn was 17 years old, the piece is less known than many of his works but deserves performing, with its elaborate counterpoint (up to 16 parts at times) and grand character.
The CD also includes Mendelssohn's famous unaccompanied motet, "Denn er hat seinen Engel befohlen über dir," and two Schubert part songs for both women's voices and men's voices with mezzo-soprano soloist Patricia Thompson and pianist Cheryl Emery. Despite being close peers, Schubert's music was an influence on Mendelssohn.
This recording was supported, in part, through a grant from the Rozsa Foundation.
Luminous Voices is delighted to announce that we were able to proceed with the recording of The Far West, which was premiered in November. On April 26th and 27th, Tim Shantz, Zachary Wadsworth, and the singers of Luminous Voices once again joined forces with Lawrence Wiliford and string orchestra to record this powerful work with assistance from recording engineers Jochen Eggert and Mark Ellestad. Thank you for your generous support of Luminous Voices and of this project, without which this would not have been possible.
When we planned our 2014-15 season over a year ago, there were no plans for a recording project apart from our Artem Vedel Ukrainian Sacred Choral Concerto recording project with the Ukraine Millennium Foundation. We knew that we would be premiering a new work by Zachary Wadsworth, but we did not dream of the impact his masterpiece would have on us as performers or you, the audience. The reverberations have been felt throughout the continent.
While the actual recording of the work is finished, there is much work yet to be done with editing, graphic design, consideration of recording labels, and reproduction. We plan for the CD to be released before the end of 2015, which we believe to be an ambitious yet reasonable target.
While the editing and mastering process will take time, we are thrilled to share with you a brief unedited clip from the work's first movement, "October," on SoundCloud.
CALGARY CHORAL ROUNDTABLE
Sunday, March 14, 2015 -
1:15 - 3:30pm
Crump Room at Christ Church Elbow Park 3602 8th Street SW, Calgary
The Board and Staff of Luminous Voices orqanized a special Calgary Choral Roundtable especially for choir conductors, administrators, board members and interested parties. It involved conversations around supporting and expanding our art form, growing our audiences, building resources, and remaining viable as organizations in the long term.
Our special guest speaker and facilitator was Nathan Bick, Development Director for the Oregon Bach Festival.
Sunday, January 11, 2015 -
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
218 7 Ave SE, Calgary
Des Prez – Déploration de la mort
d’Ockeghem, Mille regretz Ockeghem – Deo Gratias
Peter Togni – Responsio with special guest Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet
Following the success of SPEM IN ALIUM in January 2014, Luminous Voices presents their second program devoted to the spellbinding music of the 15th & 16th centuries. A signature work on the program is Deo Gratias, a 36-part canon written by Johannes Ockeghem performed in surround sound. Other luminous highlights include Josquin Des Prez’s famous lament on the death of Johannes Ockeghem and his chansons Absolon et fili mi and Mille regretz. To bridge the gap between centuries, the concert will also feature selections from Peter Togni’s haunting and reflective Responsio, winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The piece will feature bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly of Halifax performing with 4 luminous solo voices. Responsio is a contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame. Togni reflects, comments, refutes, challenges and embellishes the bare medieval voice of Machaut.
THE FAR WEST (World Premiere)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 -
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary
Luminous Voices launches its 2014/2015 season with a world premiere by Calgary composer Zachary Wadsworth. The cantata will feature tenor soloist, Lawrence Wiliford, with string orchestra and choir. Commissioned by James and Elaine Hutchison, this powerful work addresses the AIDS crisis through poems of Tim Dlugos, who died of the disease in 1990 while studying to become a priest. The concert also features Bach's famous Cantata BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, (Break your bread for the hungry). Sponsored by James and Elaine Hutchison in memory of Phyllis Hutchison and John Boswell.
Join us for an open rehearsal on Saturday, November 8 at 11 am, followed by a forum mediated by CBC’s Katherine Duncan, which will include Zachary Wadsworth, James Hutchison, Andrea Carter from HIV Community Link, and Timothy Shantz. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the work in greater depth.
Artem Vedel - Sacred Music of Ukraine
Saturday 23 August 2014, 8 pm
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825 - 97 Street, Edmonton Sunday 24 August 2014, 3 pm
St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 404 Meredith Road NE, Calgary
Free admission, Sponsored by the Ukraine Millennium Foundation
2014 / 2015 Season Announced - Subscribe now!
Please join us for an exciting array of concerts in November, January and May, featuring works by Wadsworth, Bach, Des Prez, Binchois, Brumel, Pizetti and Dove.
Luminous Voices clearly enjoy time in Mendelssohn’s World
"... It is impossible not be impressed with the sheer vocal horsepower of the ensemble as a whole. Not only is the choir able to produce a powerful, resonant sound with only 24 voices, it has a depth of vocal talent that permits many of the choristers to be heard a fine soloists. As individual sections, the tenors and sopranos can manage the most difficult parts without evident strain, and the basses don’t disappear when the notes reach below the staff. Rich, warm-toned altos round out a choir of impressive vocal capacity.
... the choral singing was exemplary, the singers evidently enjoying the beautiful lines they were given to sing. Conductor Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life.
In our final Luminous Voices program of the season we feature the glorious but relatively unknown Te Deum of Felix Mendelssohn and his spheres of influence including Bach's Singet Dem Herrn and two of Handel's Coronation Anthems.
Calgary choral group Luminous Voices soaring to new heights
"... the sound gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "a splendid noise."... the music floated to the ceiling and seeped into every corner of the building, the overlapping of the parts and the occasional passages where everyone sings together an amazing experience in the magnificence of sheer choral sound. Here the blended voices of the choral ensemble produced a rapturous sound.
... With pure-toned treble voices and warm bass support, the musical canvas billowed with waves of sweet-toned singing, transporting the listener to ethereal worlds.
...the choir under Shantz's leadership sang superbly, with secure intonation, an excellent blend and a fine understanding of the musical style. Many of the singers are veterans of other early music groups, and the challenges of singing early music were taken easily and in stride. On this occasion kudos must go to the sopranos and tenors, who were particularly outstanding, producing ravishingly beautiful tones to soothe the soul."
Luminous Voices shared a free public art installation through rehearsal and performance of Thomas Tallis's famous 40-part motet SPEM IN ALIUM. This music, nearly 500 years old, inspired Canadian Janet Cardiff's installation "Forty Part Motet" seen and heard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Our live presentation took place in the lobby of Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, and members of the public were invited to walk amongst the singers to experience true sound-surround.
Photo courtesy of Emily Barnett.
Selections from past concerts online
December 13, 2013
Listen to Luminous Voices online
Whet your appetite for the exquisite Luminous Voices sound. Put on your headphones and listen online. It is almost (but not quite!) like being at one of our concerts.
Luminous Voices would like to thank you for your support! It has been a wonderful 13 months since Luminous launched at the CPO's "War & Peace" Festival in 2012. We have had three amazing weekends of performances and look forward to many more!
Thanks to your support, through donations and tickets sales, we are achieving our mission - to bring world-class performances of exceptional choral music to Calgary and the surrounding areas. To continue to achieve our mission, we are launching a funding drive to raise another $5,000 through donations both from individuals and corporations. Gifts made on or prior to December 31, 2013 by individual Albertan taxpayers can earn combined federal and provincial tax credits of 25% for the first $200 of eligible donations and 50% for eligible donations over $200. Please help us raise that $5,000 … and … save on your income tax bill for 2013!
A "brilliant" review!
November 11, 2013
Luminous Voices choir offers brilliant display of music excellence for Remembrance Day
"... and it was a brilliant display of musical excellence ... a demanding breadth of virtuoso choral compositional features, all of which were pulled off with impressive resonant fullness by Luminous Voices, who displayed inspired, unstinting musicianship throughout ... The orchestra was a perfect and continuous complement to the choir ... Equally impressive was the choir's remarkable handling of the swift, contrapuntally demanding sections ... remarkable displays of this choir's capabilities ... a splendid, uncommonly lyrical reading, that required an exquisite and meticulous approach of timing and sectional balance ... complete with a nuance one does not hear on the best recordings. Hats off to director Tim Shantz for such artistic excellence that is of marquee international quality."
Thank you to all who came in support of our Mass For Troubled Times performances on November 9 and 10 in Calgary and Cochrane. We look forward to our Spem in Alium concerts in January and hope that you will join us.
November 7, 2013
Calgary's First professional Choir Coming to Cochrane
First Concert of 2013 /14 Season - November 10, 7:30 pm
Come hear Luminous Voices in our first performance of the 2013/2014 season featuring Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Timothy Corlis's Missa Pax. Details can be found on our Tickets page.
Cochrane Remembrance Day program - November 9, 2013, 8pm
Luminous Voices has added a performance in Cochrane at the Cochrane RancheHouse. Come and hear Calgary's new professional choir perform an unforgettable Remembrance Day program, featuring Timothy Corlis's Missa Pax, Eric Whitacre's When David Heard and Frank Ticheli's There Will Be Rest. Details can be found on our Tickets page.
Donations now accepted online
June 24, 2013
Donations now accepted online
Luminous Voices is a registered charity. Please consider supporting our ongoing vision to present exceptional performances, workshops and recordings of exceptional choral music. We will issue receipts for any donation amount. Thank you for your support!
2013 / 2014 Season Announced
The 2013 / 2014 Luminous Voices season is going to be wonderful. Please join us for an exciting array of concerts in November, January and June. Details can be found on our Tickets page.
June 10, 2013
Thank you to all who came in support of our 2nd Calgary performance, Beginnings, on June 9 and our premiere Airdrie performance on June 7! We look forward to next season and hope that you will join us.
"Vancouver has one. Winnipeg has one. Edmonton has one. Montreal has one. Now, finally, Calgary has one. A professional chamber choir, that is. It's called Luminous Voices, and Timothy Shantz directs. He says the artistic climate was right to launch this new choir in Calgary. Shantz says Luminous Voices will provide opportunities for local artists, as well as give a literal voice to the City. Luminous Voices actually performed as part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's War and Peace Festival last fall. This weekend, however, marks the Choir's inaugural, self-produced concert, Beginnings."
To reserve tickets for our upcoming performances, call our wonderful volunteer, Greg, and reserve your tickets (587) 889-8370.
Beginnings... June 9, 2013 Calgary Concert, 7 pm
Luminous Voices present their first self-produced concert in Calgary on June 9! After a sold-out debut on November 12, 2012 as part of the CPO's War & Peace Festival music critic Kenneth DeLong wrote, "Few musical experiences are more beautiful than a choir that sings as well as this one." Come and hear for yourself. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or call 587-889-8370.
Beginnings... June 7, 2013 Airdrie Concert, 8 pm
Luminous Voices has added performance in Airdrie, with guests the Airdrie Community Choir on Friday, June 7 at 8pm. Thank you to Paul Grindlay and Trudi Tiessen for helping to make this happen. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or call 587-889-8370.
March 4, 2013
Luminous Voices is thrilled to announce that we have been granted Charitable Status by Canada Revenue Agency effective to last December 14, 2012! Thank you to all those who have supported Luminous Voices so far. With this new status we launch our campaign to narrow our funding gap for this season and make plans for three projects in 2013-2014. We thank you for your continued interest and support!
Luminous Voices Music Society is now a registered charity and can offer tax receipts for any donation toward our ongoing mission to engage audiences in exceptional choral music through stirring performances, workshops and recordings.
November 13, 2012
Luminous Voices Delivers Brilliance
" ...The choir clearly enjoyed these works, as well it might, since they feature all the things the group does exceptionally well: precise tuning, beauty of tone, and a flexible mode of interpretation based upon making the texts vivid and alive. Few musical experiences are more beautiful than a choir that sings as well as this one."
Monday, November 12, 2012 – 7:30pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
218 7 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta
Our inaugural performance is presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2012 War & Peace Festival. The beauty and power of the human voice will move you in this evening of Remembrance featuring vocal gems from the Renaissance to the present day. This premiere performance of Calgary's first professional choir, Luminous Voices, includes some of the finest ensemble singers from the province and throughout Canada.