A Capella vocal ensemble to perform April 11 in Ames

Calmus Ensemble Leipzig – A Capella vocal ensemble will perform its concert “The Bright Side Of Life” at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Ames City Auditorium, Sixth and Clark in Ames.

Concert tickets are $25 online at www.amestownandgown.org, at the door, or in advance at Rieman Music (Ames), the Ames Community Center Office, and ISU Music Department Office

Free student tickets: K-12, college and university (with ID)

“The Calmus Ensemble towers above all other a cappella groups … the clarity and precision of its tone, its articulation and perfect intonation. They are technically stunning singers, but equally important, their interpretive talents and musicality are matchless,” said the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City

A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of the Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, winners of the first prize in the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and one of the most successful a cappella vocal groups in Germany. Embodying the rich choral tradition of its hometown, this five-member ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. They will bring their unique sound and entertaining performance to Ames with their program entitled “The Bright Side of Life,” featuring music in numerous styles, from the 17th century to the present.

Founded in 1999 by members of the famed Thomasschulle Boys Choir, the group completed its signature sound two years later, when they added one female voice. Since 2001, Anja Lipfert has crowned the Ensemble’s sound with her bright soprano voice, cultivated in her years in the MDR Kinderchor (Children’s Choir of the Middle German State Radio Network) and continuing at the Leipzig Conservatory. The other members of the quintet are Sebastian Krause, countertenor; Tobias Pche, tenor; Ludwig Bhme, baritone; and Joe Roesler, bass.

Calmus has captivated audiences and critics throughout Europe and the United States, with its diverse repertoire, charming stage presence, flawless technique, and entertaining presentation. At home in all styles, the singers include their own arrangements as well as commissioned works in their repertoire. Their astounding stylistic spectrum, flawless intonation, vocal homogeneity, and last but not least the large palette of varied sonic colors, are also documented in a series of CDs.

In addition to the Concert Artists Guild Award, Calmus also won the first prize in the 4th annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition. They also have won the national a cappella competition “Jugend Kulturell” (Cultural Youth), the International Contest for Vocal Ensembles in Tampere/Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa/Spain.

For more information about the Calmus Ensemble, see http://www.calmus.de/en/

Master Class

The Calmus Ensemble is also devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home and abroad. On April 11, they will hold a lecture/workshop with the Iowa State Singers at 12 noon in Room 130 (Choral Room) of Music Hall, ISU. This event is open to the public, free of charge.