Calmus Ensemble to perform at TFAC

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, renowned a cappella group, will perform at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

This is the second concert of the Tryon Concert Association 2012-2013 season.

On Friday morning, Nov. 16 at 10-11 a.m., Calmus will lead a choral demonstration workshop at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 150 Melrose Avenue, Tryon. This TCA outreach session, free and open to the public, will be in the church sanctuary. The singers will speak and perform excerpts from the previous evening’s performance. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

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Calmus originally consisted of former members of the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir who formed a quintet in the late 1990s.  After several years of performance, they were expanding their repertoire to include music that required a female voice in the upper register. They searched and soon found Anja Lipfert.

Since 2001, Anja has crowned the Ensemble’s sound with her bright soprano voice, cultivated during her years in the Children’s Choir of the Middle German State Radio Network.

The Calmus Ensemble’s stylistic variety is almost unlimited. From music of the Gregorian period to contemporary sacred music, madrigals to rock – these singers from Leipzig are at home in all styles. They have a series of their own arrangements, as well as commissioned works in their repertoire.

The public is invited to attend the choral demonstration workshop at Holy Cross. For more information, please call Susie Mahnke, 828-859-9741.

– article submitted by Susie Mahnke