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WELCOME  TO  THE CALGARY  BACH CHOIR

Baroque & Beyond

COVID-19 - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON CHORAL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES FOR ENTIRE 2020-2021 SEASON.

 

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Calgary Bach Choir regrets to announce the suspension of in-person choral rehearsals for the entire 2020-2021 season, and the postponement of the November 2020, March 2021 and June 2021 concerts. The health and safety of our choristers, musicians, musical leadership, and our audience remains our highest priority.  We will continue to monitor the situation and inform you of any further developments.  

 

We are looking forward to resuming in-person rehearsals when this health crisis has passed.  We urge you to take all necessary precautions to safeguard your health and we look forward to making music together again when safe to do so.

Please watch for further announcements regarding the status of in-person choral rehearsals and auditions.

CALGARY BACH CHOIR

 

"...a significant voice in the early music landscape in Western Canada."

(Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald)

The Calgary Bach Choir has risen to the challenge of keeping our choral community singing during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving our rehearsals, vocal coaching sessions, and workshops online.  We continue to prepare new repertoire as we look to the future, when we can share this great music live and in-person once again!

 

The Calgary Bach Choir is a DYNAMIC organization offering an exciting, three-concert season to Calgary audiences. 

Our choristers are adults from all walks of life who are PASSIONATE about the music of classical music’s greatest composer, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH.

We promote an APPRECIATION and ENJOYMENT of classical music to the general public, with a focus on the Baroque period (1600-1750) and the music of J.S. Bach, his musical predecessors, contemporaries and heirs. 

We strive for musical EXCELLENCE in our performances. We provide experienced, auditioned, amateur choral singers with an INSPIRING and challenging opportunity to immerse themselves in this WONDROUS MUSIC and to experience the thrill of performing it with professional musicians for the public.

We are a strong, welcoming, affirming and inclusive CHORAL COMMUNITY. 

We offer a season-long series of choral WORKSHOPS with guest conductors as well as one-on-one choral vocal COACHING. 

We also nurture the next generation of artists by providing scholarship opportunities. 

We are a registered non-profit charitable organisation enriching the Calgary community with

GREAT CLASSICAL MUSIC since 1988.

If you'd like to join us, click the "Get In Touch" button below to contact our Artistic Director, Terry Edwards.

Calgary Bach Choir is proudly supported by grants from AFA and Calgary Arts Development, as well as by funds from AGLC and individual donors!

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ABOUT CALGARY BACH CHOIR

Inspiration through Music

In 1988 Christine Azad and Susan Lyle dreamed of creating a society with choir and orchestra to perform works by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.​​​​​​​

Thirty-three years of music-making have seen some remarkable milestones:

Bach, Baroque and Beyond...

(* denotes Calgary Premier)

Choral Music of J.S. Bach

B Minor Mass, Four Missa BrevesSt. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Easter OratorioSix Motets, and numerous canatas.

 

​Choral Music of G.F. Handel

Handel's Four Coronation Anthems, Dixit Dominus* and Chandos Anthems Nos. 6a* and 10*.

Choral Music of Purcell

I was glad when they said unto me (Coronation Anthem, 1685)*, Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei Z. 145*

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G minor Z. 231*, Rejoice in the Lord Alway Z. 49,

Te Deum and Jubilate for St. Cecilia's Day

 

Italian Late Renaissance and Baroque Choral Music

Gabrieli's Christmas Motets, Vivaldi's Magnificat* and Glorias RV588* and RV589, Durante/Bach Missa in C minor*

Allegri's Misereri, Lotti's Missa Sancti Christophori*, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater* for 10-voice choir

 

French Baroque Choral Music

Rameau's 'Grand Motet' In convertendo* and Charpentier's Te Deum

 

Choral Music of the Sons of J.S. Bach

CPE Bach's Magnificat* and J.C. Bach's Gloria in excelsis Deo*

 

Romantic Choral Music

Mendelssohn's Magnificat*.

 

Twentieth Century Choral Music

Howells's Like as the Hart, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Duruflé's Requiem.

The Calgary Bach Choir is funded by Calgary Arts Development, AFA, ALGC Casino revenues, membership dues, and private donations.

The Calgary Bach Society is a registered charitable society #88797-7049RC.  Your donations are appreciated and tax deductible, too!  For information about how you can donate to the Calgary Bach  Choir, click on 

 

2020-2021 SEASON

What’s Coming Up

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CONCERT #1:
LUTHER TO BACH: A MIGHTY FORTRESS

Postponed to 21 November 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic
Knox United Church 
506 - 4th Street, S.W.

A Co-Production of

Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players,

Jane Perry, Artistic Director

and

Calgary Bach Choir and Chamber Orchestra,

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adults/Seniors: $20

Students: Free

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CONCERT #2:
BACH & THE OLD MASTERS

Postponed to 27 March 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic
Knox United Church
506 - 4th Street, S.W.

VISIONARY - TIMELESS - GROUNDBREAKING

Renaissance meets Baroque

Palestrina - J.S. Bach - Missa sine nomine (Calgary Premiere)

J.S. Bach - Motet, BWV 118 'O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht'

M. Praetorius - Halleluja, Christ ist erstanden (Calgary Premiere)

Works for Brass by G. Gabrieli and J.S. Bach

Altius Brass

Mark Lennon, Music Director

and

Calgary Bach Choir

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director

Adults/Seniors: $20

Students: Free

Tickets on sale at door (cash only) and online at www.brownpapertickets.com

 
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GLORY OF VIVALDI

Postponed to 5 June 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic
Knox United Church
506 - 4th Street, S.W.

Vivaldi: Introduction, RV 642 and Gloria, RV 589

Works for String Orchestra by Richter and J.S. Bach

Lauren Woods, soprano

Jonquil Koddo, soprano

A Co-Production of

Kensington Sinfonia, 

Laura Reid, Artistic Director

and

Calgary Bach Choir, 

Terry Edwards, Artistic Director


Adults/Seniors $20

Students Free


Tickets on sale at door (cash only) and online at www.brownpapertickets.com

 

FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES OR TO REQUEST AN AUDITION

For general enquiries please type your question in the message area.  We will contact you. 

To request an audition, in the message area please describe your voice part (SAT or B), your musical or vocal training and in which choirs you have sung.  We will then contact you to set up an audition.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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