Saturday, December 31, 2016, 8:00pm
Knox United Church, Calgary
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Luminous Voices – a new Calgary tradition! Enjoy a wide range of inspiring classical and popular music in a historic venue that sparkles by candlelight. Ring in the new year with singing, champagne and chocolate! Purchase ticket.
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 were pianists Cheryl Emery and Leanne Regehr, and harmonium player Nathaniel Schmidt.
Luminous Voices Youth Spotlight:
We were proud to introduce a new feature this season: the Luminous Voices Youth Spotlight, sponsored by the RBC Foundation. Members of the Youth Spotlight will perform in the lobby before our performance, and attend our concert free of charge! Our first group in the Spotlight was the Calgary Boys' Choir, under the direction of Luminous Voices' own Paul Grindlay.
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
Following the performance of selections of the work in January 2015, Luminous Voices presented "Responsio" by Canadian composer Peter-Anthony Togni. In "Responsio", Togni reflects, comments, refutes, challenges and embellishes the bare medieval voice of Guillaume de Machaut and his medieval masterpiece the Messe de Nostre Dame. Juxtaposing bursts of bass clarinet improvisation against thorough composed choral material, Responsio casts the role of the bass clarinettist into that of a time traveller, bringing forward Machaut's beautiful 14th creation into the heart of the 21st century.
The piece was performed by Katie Partridge, soprano; Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Shantz, tenor; Oliver Munar, tenor; and Jeff Reilly bass clarinet.
Path of Miracles
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary Program:
Talbot – Path of Miracles
Written for the renowned London-based Tenebrae Choir and premiered in 2005, Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles" is an hour-long a cappella exploration of the phenomenon of the Camino de Santiago: the ancient Catholic pilgrimage route across northern Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The text comprises excerpts from historical and sacred documents in several different languages, alongside original material by poet Robert Dickinson.
Guest Appearances in Calgary and Edmonton
Luminous Voices returned 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,we performed 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.
February 4, 2016 - Hosted as part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra season series "Calgary Phil Presents".
A Luminous New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Knox United Church, Calgary
Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli
Lauridsen – Mid-Winter Songs
Paulus – The Road Home & Pilgrim’s Hymn
Luminous Voices invites you to join us and celebrate the New Year. 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!
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Bella Concert Hall,
Mount Royal University, Calgary
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this concert, which included Mozart's Requiem (Robert Levin completion),
Tavener's Svyati, and
Bach's Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229. 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.
ONE VOICE, MANY VOICES
Sunday, May 31, 2015 -
Knox United Church, Calgary
Pizzetti – Messa di Requiem (selections)
Dove – The Passing of the Year
In this final concert of our 2014/2015 season Luminous Voices journied through music for single voice and chant all the way to the current millennium with music written for double and even triple choir by Ildebrando Pizzetti and Jonathan Dove's colourful "Passing of the Year," featuring pianist Cheryl Emery. We were joined by Central Memorial High School Chamber Choir directed by Anne Gardner and by the the William Aberhart High School Concert Choir directed by Monique Olivier.
Sunday, January 11, 2015 -
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
Following the success of SPEM IN ALIUM in January 2014, Luminous Voices presented their second program devoted to the spellbinding music of the 15th & 16th centuries. A signature work on the program was Deo Gratias, a 36-part canon written by Johannes Ockeghem performed in surround sound. Other luminous highlights included 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 also featured selections from Peter Togni’s haunting and reflective Responsio, winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The piece featured 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 -
7:30pm Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary
Luminous Voices launched its 2014/2015 season with a world premiere by Calgary composer Zachary Wadsworth, featuring tenor soloist, Lawrence Wiliford, with string orchestra and choir. Commissioned by James and Elaine Hutchison in memory of Phyllis Hutchison and John Boswell, 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 featured Bach's famous Cantata BWV 39 "Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot," (Break your bread for the hungry), with cantata soloists Patricia Thompson (mezzo soprano), Roddy Bryce (baritone) and Hannah Pagenkopf (soprano).
Saturday 23 August 2014, 8 pm
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Edmonton Sunday 24 August 2014, 3 pm
St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Calgary
Luminous Voices, in connection with the Ukraine Millennium Foundation, presented a program of music by the famous Ukrainian composer, Artem Vedel (1767-1808). The program featured Artem Vedel’s Sacred Choral Concertos I-VIII for unaccompanied choir. These special programs celebrated the cultural history of Ukraine and Ukrainian Independence Day (August 24). They were also part of larger recording project of Artem Vedel’s music.
2014 / 2015 Season
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.
Calgary, Alberta - Sunday, June 8, 2014
Knox United Church, Calgary
In our final Luminous Voices program of the 2013/14 season we featured 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, Alberta - Sunday, January 19, 2014
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary
This program featured the famous 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis, SPEM IN ALIUM along with famous masses by his great contemporaries, John Taverner (Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas) and John Sheppard (Western Wynde Mass).
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.
2013 / 2014 Season
Please join us for an exciting array of concerts in November, January and June, featuring works by Haydn, Corlis, Sheppard, Taverner, Tallis, Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn.
Calgary, Alberta - Sunday, November 10, 2013
Knox United Church, Calgary
Calgary's professional choir, Luminous Voices, performed a special Remembrance Day program featuring Timothy Corlis's Missa Pax for choir, clarinet (Krishan Power) and piano (Cheryl Emery) along with Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass (Mass for Troubled Times) featuring our chamber orchestra and soprano soloist Sarah Schaub!
Cochrane, Alberta - Saturday, November 9, 2013
Cochrane RancheHouse | Highway 1A & Highway 22
Calgary's new professional choir performed 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.
Beginnings ... June 7 & 9, 2013
Airdrie, Alberta - Friday, June 7, 2013 With special guests,
the Airdrie Community Choir
Calgary, Alberta - Sunday, June 9, 2013 Presented in the wonderful acoustics of the historic Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
Building on the success of their launch last November, Luminous Voices presented another program displaying the dramatic and
range of this highly skilled ensemble of singers.
This colourful concert programme was inspired by the very essence of this new ensemble: Beginnings... of
dreams being born into
The centrepiece of the program was Aaron Copland's virtuosic In the
Beginning, featuring mezzo-soprano Patricia Thompson.
Other featured composers included Bach,
Enns, Rheinberger and Pizzetti.
There Will Be Rest
Calgary, Alberta - Monday, November 12, 2012
Cathedral Chirch of the Redeemer
Our inaugural performance was presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2012 War & Peace Festival. The beauty and power of the human voice moved the audience 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, included some of the finest ensemble singers from the province and throughout Canada.