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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North American Christmas tour 2015

We're really looking forward to our upcoming North American Christmas tour starting on Friday 12/04 with our 100th concert in the United States in Jacksonville Beach, FL! And this tour also marks our debut in Canada with concerts in High River, AB and Toronto, ON. Hope to see many of you in one of our concerts with "Christmas Carols of the World".

DATES:

12/04 St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville Beach, FL
12/05 Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
12/06 The Barns@Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, VA
12/07 The Greene Space, New York City, NY
12/10 Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines, IA
12/11 High River United Church, High River, AB (CAN)
12/13 Walter Hall, Toronto, ON (CAN)

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New CD "Christmas Carols of the World" is out now!

We are thrilled to announce that our latest CD "Christmas Carols of the World" is out now!

When the summer heat shimmers above the vastness of the Australian bushland, when slay bells ring joyfully through the snow covered forest of Estonia, when people in Mexico portray the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph, and families in Denmark dance around the Christmas tree, then it is Christmas time, then the whole world celebrates and sings.

We have recorded a selection of the most beautiful Christmas carols from all over the world exclusively for this CD collection. The CD contains carols from Denmark, Germany, England, France, Ireland, Croatia, North America, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden and Spain as well as "Silent Night" in several languages.

With this recording the prize-winning "Liederprojekt", promoting singing with children, is being continued.

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Changes - a new face

Foto: Anne Hornemann

After ten wonderful years together an era comes to an end: Our bass Joe has decided to leave Calmus in February 2015 and is stepping forward to a new chapter in his personal life. There are some months to go until then but we’d like to take the chance to thank Joe from the bottom of our hearts for those many exquisite concerts and experiences we had together – and wishing him all the best for his new paths to go!

But who becomes the new face in Calmus?

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