Center Stage Series: Calmus

With a program featuring the music of Martin Luther to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a cappella group Calmus will perform "Luther's Lieder" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]

Calmus has created a program using Martin Luther's own hymns, starting with Gregorian chant and including composers from medieval, renaissance, romantic and modern times. According to the group, the program is structured to be a "stroll through the whole Christian year." The performance begins with songs representing Christmas, then Easter, Pentecost, Advent, Lent and ending with a return to a Christmas message.

The quintet is comprised of Isabel Jantschek, soprano; Sebastian Krause, countertenor; Tobias Pöche, tenor; Ludwig Böhme, baritone and Manuel Helmeke, bass. 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. 

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 another work in their diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with their charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.