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CALMUS: Voices of Leipzig Tour Dates

July 8 – 25, 2021
December 7 – 19, 2021
April 21 – May 1, 2022


“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 Concert Artists Guild 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 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 nearly 20 recordings to their credit, Calmus‘ current album release, Folk Songs, features 21 folk songs from around the world.

The group has performed at major series and halls in North America including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Great Performers series, Ravinia Festival and Washington Performing Arts. The group’s activie worldwide schedule has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain and Portugal as well as Central and South America.  Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.

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    "Missa O admirabile commercium" G. P. da Palestrina

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