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Gene & Elizabeth Maurice Choral Music Concert Series

Gene & Elizabeth Maurice Choral Music Concert Series

PROARTS @NOON CONCERTS PRESENTS

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What:    The Gene & Elizabeth Maurice Choral Music Concert Series
Where:  Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When:   Various Wednesdays – February 22 through to December 13, 2017
Tickets:  Free of charge to the public

The ProArts Society is pleased to announce a unique series of six concerts featuring Calgary artists performing Choral Music repertoire.

Long time PA@N audience members Gene and Elizabeth Maurice recently awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the 2017 Choral Music Concert Series, which will feature a diverse selection of Choral Music genres. This special series will be part of the ProArts@Noon weekly schedule of Wednesday concerts.

Now in its fifteenth season, the ProArts@Noon Concert Series are free, noon hour concerts presented by the ProArts Society who rent the historic Cathedral Church in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District for their weekly concerts.

Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting.
Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being.
Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

The Gene & Elizabeth Maurice Choral Music Concert Series 2017 dates are:  

  1. February 22 Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players
  2. April 05 Collegium Musicum        
  3. May 24 Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir
  4. June 14 REPSOL Choir
  5. November 08 German Canadian Male Chorus
  6. December 13 One Voice Chorus

Wednesday, February 22    Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players

Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players aim to inspire, entertain and educate their audience and singing members alike through the mhttp://www.renaissance-singers.com/usic, culture and history of the Renaissance.  The group enriches its performances with works of other periods that celebrate the spirit of the Renaissance.  CRSP has been a proud part of Calgary’s musical landscape since it was founded by Dr. Anthony Petti in 1970.  The choir has given Canadian premiere performances of seminal Renaissance works such as the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, as well as commissioning and performing new choral works in Renaissance polyphonic style.  CRSP thrives on new creative opportunities: from singing at the planetarium to acting, dancing and playing instruments, and from collaborating with brass, harpsichord and recorder players to jamming with jazz saxophonists. 

Wednesday, April 05 Collegium Musicum, U/C Early Music ensemble  

The University of Calgary Music Department’s Collegium Musicum is dedicated to exploring music from the baroque period and earlier.  Each term has a particular area of focus, and students are exposed to as much repertoire as possible while also looking at performance practice issues and historical context.

Director, Julie Harris, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. She also studied early music in The Hague for which she received a grant from the Canada Council. Upon returning to Calgary in 1999, she created and runs the Early Music Voices Concert Series.   

Wednesday, May 24 Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir  

Vocal Latitudes is a non-audition, community choir in Calgary, Alberta.
Do you love to sing?  Love music from a variety of traditions and eras?  Want to experience the benefits of singing in a welcoming vocal community?  Vocal Latitudes may be the choir for you.   Vocal Latitudes meets Tuesday evenings from September to May in a convenient central location.  Repertoire includes jazz, gospel, African, Canadian, Renaissance, pop, original contemporary.
You do not need to be able to read music if you wish to join. It is important that you love to sing and carry a tune!  Please be aware that we are quite ambitious and our repertoire can be quite challenging, but you can also count on great supports to help you learn your parts and become a better singer!

Wednesday, June 14 REPSOL Choir

The Repsol Choir is the new name of this recreational choir formed in the spring of 2002. They welcome their new director, Bruce Petherick, and are accompanied by local artist Ron Proctor at the piano. This four-part choir performs in the spring and during the Christmas season and takes the role of company ambassador seriously, performing at various downtown and community venues.  Highlights for the Repsol Choir include having released a full-length CD “Wreath of Carols”, a fundraiser for the United Way of Calgary and recorded under the name of Talisman Energy Choir, as well as the annual “Feel the Energy” mass energy choir concert. This corporate choir continues to challenge itself with more complex pieces, mixing contemporary favourites with classical compositions, and having a lot of fun along the way!

Wednesday, November 08 German Canadian Male Chorus

The German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary, with over 30 active members, was founded in 1971. For a majority of that time our fate has been in the capable hands of director Susan Woodward. The events calendar in various years has typically included a fall or spring concert, sometimes sharing the stage with groups like the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Opera Chorus, or the Calgary Concert Band. The Chorus has made numerous trips abroad to the USA and to Europe. In September 2014 the Chorus was in southern Germany and Austria giving concerts together with local choirs.

Wednesday, December 13 One Voice Chorus

One Voice Chorus (OVC) is a mixed choir for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer singers and their straight allies. We are an auditioned choir with a wide-ranging repertoire: from classical to jazz, from madrigals to show tunes, and more.
OVC was founded in September 2011. Four singers signed up for auditions the first night and a choir was born. From four singers we quickly grew to ten and made our debut at a Christmas concert hosted by the Unitarian Church of Calgary in December 2011.
By the spring of 2012, we had 17 singers on the roster and we were ready to contemplate presenting a concert of our own. We rang the curtain down on our first season on a high note. Our Début! concert in June 2012 launched us officially as Calgary’s new LGBTQ choir. We were joined on stage by the Calgary Men’s Chorus, whom we regard proudly as our big brothers.
Five years later we’re now a fully-fledged choir of nearly 40 singers with twelve concerts and multiple guest appearances under our belts!


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