The German a cappella quintet, winner of the Echo Klassik Award and Concert Artists Guild, makes a much anticipated return to Princeton as part of the Glee Club Presents. The concert will feature a juxtaposition of early and modern music, including works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Antoine Brumel and Heinrich Schütz interspersed with the unmistakable sound of John Tavener. Princeton University students in the Glee Club will also join Calmus to perform movements from Antoine Brumel’s “Earthquake” Mass, one of the marvels of Renaissance choral music.
About the Artist:
“Nothing short of remarkable…they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.” That is how the Deseret Morning News described a concert by Calmus, the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn. Whether singing music by those German masters or another work in its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation. Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire and popular songs. Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener: “…the singers bring tremendous character and musical depth to their interpretations… that transcends the language of the lyrics.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)