Calmus Ensemble

Tuesday, April 21 | 7:30 p.m.

Featuring: Anja Pöche, soprano; Sebastian Krause, counter-tenor; Tobias Pöche, tenor; Ludwig Böhme, baritone; Joe Roesler, bass

Calmus Vocal ensembleFirst Prize, 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition
First Prize, Fourth Annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition

Master Class: Tuesday, April 21  12:30 – 2 p.m. 
Haddock Performance Hall, LHSOM

“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.

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 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)

Featured 2013-14 engagements for Calmus include two debut performances in New York City:  the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Concerts & Lectures Series, where they will sing a Christmas program; and Schneider Concerts at the New School, where they are the first vocal ensemble ever engaged to perform on this renowned chamber music series .   This follows the quintet’s recent Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series in April 2013 and a special sacred program in fall 2012 at Manhattan’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the St. Thomas Choir School of Leipzig.  

Other recent North American highlights include Calmus’ New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on the CAG Winners Series, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue University Convocations, Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, Washington Performing Arts Society, University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, Dallas Chamber Music Society, Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Lancaster (CA) Performing Arts Center and Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box series in Chicago.  US Festival appearances include: the Virginia Arts Festival; Rockport Chamber Music Festival (twice); Chautauqua Instituion; Madison Early Music Festival and the Green Lake Festival, both in Wisconsin.

With more than a dozen recordings to its credit, Calmus received the 2009 Echo Klassik Award for Lied:gut!, a disc of treasured German folksongs.  The group‘s latest CD, entitled Touched was released in Fall 2012, featuring a unique intermingling of classical and popular songs ranging from Purcell and Monteverdi to Elton John and Sting.  The prior release was Mythos 116, highlighting six different settings of Psalm 116, including three written in 1616 and two brand new works commissioned by Calmus.  Other recent releases include Hausmusik in 2011 (featuring music of Clara and Robert Schumann), and the Christmas Carols album, Calmus‘ first CD of music for the holidays which has been received enthusiastically: “...perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style (Classics Today).

An active concert schedule worldwide has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and North and South America.  Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where the group attended a master class with the King’s Singers.  In addition to garnering First Prize and numerous performance prizes at the CAG Competiton, other prestigious awards bestowed upon the ensemble include First Prizes at the fourth annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition, the International Competition for Vocal Ensembles in Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain. 

Tickets for the Calmus concert are on sale at BookPeople on Main Street in Moscow, at the door the night of the concert, and online  through Idaho Marketplace or at (208) 885-7557.

Tickets are $10 for students, $19 for seniors, and $22 for general admission. 

Calmus Performance Program (Dowload PDF)

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