Whitney Center for the Arts presents
CALMUS Vocal Ensemble: Shakespeare a cappella
April 26 at 7:30pm
“Nothing short of remarkable…they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.” (Deseret Morning News)
The writings of William Shakespeare have inspired composers since the 16th century. In this program, the celebrated vocal ensemble presents the words of Shakespeare set to music by various composers including Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), John Tavener (1944-2013), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), just to name a few. Texts are drawn from Twelfth Night, the Sonnets, Othello, The Tempest, and more.
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 other works in its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.
All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, 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, as well as pop songs and jazz.
With over fifteen recordings to its credit, Calmus CD, Madrigals of Madness, was selected by the New York Times Classical critics among the best CD’s of 2014. “…perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style (Classics Today).
Tickets ($20/$15) available through the WYO Theater.