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Calmus



Biography

The Washington Post marveled at the way Calmus “held the audience...spellbound with its artistry,” and this German a cappella quintet’s trademark blend of sound, precision, and wit has led to a successful twenty-year touring career internationally and two dozen critically acclaimed recordings.  First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition (2009), Calmus embodies the rich choral tradition of Leipzig, its hometown city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn.  Whether singing music by those German masters or other works in its diverse repertoire, Calmus has captivated both audiences and critics alike for twenty years with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/8/2019: Serenade! Choral Music Festival Grand Finale

Classical Movements’ 9th annual Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival concludes on the Concert Hall stage with a truly grand finale: individual performances by “The Human Journey” ensembles from Iran, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, France and Germany, as well the Serenade! mass choir, led by the 2019 recipient of the Robert Shaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Doreen Rao. Dr. Rao will conduct her second Serenade! mass choir in the world premiere of Refuge—a brand-new work by soprano and composer Patrice Michaels—commissioned by the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

This program is part of The Human Journey.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 7/7/2019: Serenade! Choral Music Festival

Co-presented with Classical Movements, the 9th annual Serenade! reflects on the “Human Journey: Music, Migration and Identity” with professional vocal groups, community choral ensembles and youth choirs alike”.

Calmus embodies the rich choral tradition of Leipzig, its hometown city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn.  Calmus has captivated both audiences and critics alike for twenty years with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

Choir Cedemusica, a children’s choir from Ambato, Ecuador presents Ecuadorian culture through various indigenous wardrobes, and songs of indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian rhythms conducted by Rommel Jumbo Medina.

Toronto Beaches Children’s and Youth Chorus founded in 2006 by artistic director Bronwen Low look to explore the stories and music of the 1st Nations of Canada for their take on the Human Journey through a brand new commissioned work by a 1st nations composer, Barbara Croall.

This program is part of The Human Journey.

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