Prayer - Concert on Pentecost Sunday on Facebook & YouTube

After nearly seven weeks break from doing music we have started to sing together again - with distance. We would like to invite you to our third online concert on the Sunday of Pentecost.

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Here it is! Our new CD "Landmarks" just arrived!

It won't be available in stores until June – but for you, dear Calmus friends, we can present the CD today, in advance and exclusively!

We remain true to ourselves and once again make no distinction between "serious music" and "popular music". Instead, we have set landmarksin ten countries and created an album that is multi-faceted, borderless, thrilling, but also full of thought: songwriters meet avant-garde, folk meets jazz. South American rhythms groove alongside Yiddish melodies. You soon notice that it is not a long way from minimal music to pop and you can feel how classical harmonies are woven together with jazz sounds.

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bach@home: Quarantine needs music!

Calmus sings at the grave of Johann Sebastian Bach in St. Thomas Church Leipzig

Palm Sunday, April 5th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. (CEST)

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It is a contemplative hour with sacred music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and others, which we recorded before the necessary restrictions due to Corona and which we will present on Palm Sunday, at the beginning of Holy Week.

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Breaking news from Tobias!

Today we have to announce some very important news. Here's Tobias' announcment:

"Dear Calmus-friends,
After almost 13 years and now 810 concerts within the group it’s time to announce that I will leave Calmus at the beginning of 2020.
Thus ends for me a major chapter of my life so far. Over my years in Calmus we experienced, achieved, traveled and sang so much together but most important I met my wonderful wife Anja in Calmus. We’re celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary today and we have our two amazing kids. To be there for them more often I decided to leave the group and to go other or even new ways. I will definitely stay connected with Calmus behind the scenes. Of course, this is not a decision I came to lightly. But it feels right to be there and at home for our children especially when both parents, Anja and me are away together.
However, until then we will be going on and sing a lot more of concerts, give workshops, will stay for countless kilometers in cars, trains and airplanes, travel the US three more times and will hopefully collect some more funny anecdotes to keep as souvenirs."

Soon we will provide further information about finding a successor for Tobias,how to apply and so on.

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Our latest CD "Leipziger Disputation" is now on sale!

We're thrilled to announce that our latest CD "Leipziger Disputation" is now been released! The first joint project of the internationally renowned Leipzig vocal ensembles amarcord and Calmus: The centerpiece is the splendid sonority of the twelve-part Mass by Antoine Brumel, which is said to have been performed on the occasion of the famous disputation between Martin Luther and theologian Johannes Eck 1519 at St. Thomas’s Church. A highlight of musical life in Leipzig and, at the same time, a milestone in polyphonic vocal music. The mass is complemented by compositions of the time of Luther by Josquin des Préz, Johann Walter, Thomas Stoltzer and others.

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Merry Christmas and a happy new Year!

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy, peaceful, blessed and healthy new year 2019!

Again, a year is over and we thought to create a picture book with some nice sounds from us for you. We're looking back to a year which was filled with concerts and music, of course, but also with saying good-bye to Sebastian, with welcoming Stefan, with lots of traveling to some really amazing places, with two recording sessions (stay tuned for the second one released in Spring), with loads of rehearsals and much fun...

We're thankfully looking back and are really looking forward to the new, our 20th Anniversary, year!

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Welcome Stefan!

© Marco Borggreve

As of today, Stefan Kahle is our new countertenor. He is succeeding founding member Sebastian Krause, who, after 19 years and 1111 concerts within Calmus, is going on to new adventures in the huge fields of computer sience. Stefan was a member of the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir and studied vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). After the 8th change of the line-up, Ludwig is the one and only staying founding member in the group. Check out the history of the Calmus singers here.

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Sebastian’s successor is announced - please welcome Stefan Kahle!

Stefan Kahle

Following a busy season with concerts in Belgium, France, Austria, throughout Germany and three US tours, Sebastian will sing his final concert with Calmus in August and will leave after being the countertenor in the group since its first days 19 years ago. While we are obviously sad to say goodbye to Sebastian, we are also very happy to announce that Stefan Kahle will be the new countertenor of Calmus! After an intense audition process, Stefan completely convinced us all with his stunning voice and engaging personality, and we’re really looking forward to the next chapter for Calmus starting in September 2019, celebrating our 20thAnniversary season!

Stefan Kahle was born in 1992 and, like Sebastian and Ludwig, he has his musical roots in the St. Thomas Boys Choir, where he was a member from 2003 until 2011. After his time as a chorister, Stefan moved to Basel (Switzerland) to study vocal performance with Prof. Gerd Türk at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. For several years, he has been performing regularly as a soloist and ensemble singer in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and now it is our pleasure to welcome him as a member of Calmus starting next season.

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Happy Holidays

tl_files/calmus/bilder/News/Calmus_MerryChristmas2017.jpgAfter finishing our US Christmas Tour 2017 with 8 concerts, 7 workshops with more than 3000 enthusiastic people in the audiences in Hart (MI), St. Paul (MN), Joplin and St. Louis (MO), Tryon (NC), Washington D.C. and New York's Lincoln Center we're finally at home in Leipzig preparing for our annual sold out Christmas concert in our homtown Leipzig.

We're thrilled to announce that our latest CD "Luther Collage" was chosen by the New York Times as one of the 25 Best Classical Music Recordings in 2017. Read the full article and review here.

With this video of our enchore at the stunning St. Louis Abbey we want to wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a good start into 2018. Thank you all for sharing our love for vocal music.

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Starting our US Spring tour 2017

We're departing today for our annual US Spring tour and are really looking forward to come back to old places as well as discovering new ones.

Come and hear us performing Shakespeare and Luther programs in San Antonio (4/23), Sheridan (4/26), San Francisco (4/28), Lacey (4/29), Portland (4/30), Kalamazoo (5/5) and New York City (5/7).

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