Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk: 
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Master Class

Friday, April 28th, 10AM-12PM
Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

Tickets Available: April 7

The young, a cappella quintet Calmus embodies the rich choral history of its hometown of Leipzig, Germany, synonymous with the great musical tradition of Bach and Mendelssohn.

“Calmus Ensemble is stunning in its vocal variety, mastery…  The group held the audience…spellbound with its artistry.…  in matters of pitch, diction and musical shaping, I’ve never heard finer ensemble singing.”

-The Washington Post


Anja Pöche, Soprano

Sebastian Krause, Countertenor

Tobias Pöche, Tenor

Ludwig Böhme, Baritone

Manuel Helmeke, Bass

 “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.  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)

Highlighted performances in early 2017 include return engagements at The Cloisters in NYC and Purdue Convocations, and debut performances on San Francisco’s Morrison Arts Series, Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and Luther College, Portland Friends of Chamber Music (OR), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (OH), San Antonio Chamber Music Society and Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamzoo, MI.

Recent North American highlights include Calmus’ New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and other NYC engagements at Lincoln Center Great Performers, Met Museum Presents, The Cloisters, Schneider Concerts at the New School, 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.  Highlighted performances in early 2017 include return engagements at The Cloisters in NYC and Purdue Convocations, and the grooup’s San Francsico debut on the Morrison Artists Series.

With over fifteen recordings to its credit, Calmus CD, Madrigals of Madness, was selected by theNew York Times Classical critics among the best CD’s of 2014, and their latest release,Christmas Carols of the World, led to a special 2015 Holiday concert at New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space, with live video streaming on WQXR’s website.  

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.  In addition to garnering First Prize at the CAG Competition, 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.


A rich and varied program of vocal settings from Gregorian chant to medieval, renaissance, romantic and contemporary works commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and musical connections to the songs of Martin Luther.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

I was glad

Remember not, Lord, our offences

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Zwei Slavonic Psalms

Psalm 117/131 (1984, rev.1997)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Salve Regina

Tenebrae factae sunt

from: Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Confitebor tibi Domine

Bendictus Dominus

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden

motet BWV 230


Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)

Come Away, Death


Full Fathom Five

from: Four Shakespeare Songs, 1984

Jussi Chydenius (b. 1972)

Fear No More

Mateo Flecha (c. 1481-1553)

La bomba


Harald Banter (b. 1930)


Three Jazz-Ballads after poems by Charles Baudelaire

Commissioned by Calmus 2010


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