Award-winning a cappella quintet Calmus to perform special holiday concert in intimate Sheslow Auditorium

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Civic Music Association presents the award-winning a cappella quintet Calmus in a special holiday concert on Thursday, December 10 in intimate Sheslow Auditorium.
This award-winning a cappella quintet from Leipzig, Germany, holds audiences “spellbound with its artistry,” says The Washington Post, whose critics proclaim, “I’ve never heard finer ensemble singing.” On December 10, Calmus will present a program from their new Christmas album featuring sacred and secular carols spanning the centuries from Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the Americas.
Calmus embodies the rich choral tradition of their hometown of Leipzig, offering the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. Their charming stage presence, flawless technique and diverse repertoire will make for a very special holiday concert.
Honors & Awards

  • Featured Performers Ravinia Rising Star Series
  • 2010 Carnegie Hall Debut

Calmus: Special Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
7:00 PM pre-concert performance by Roosevelt High School a cappella choir| 7:30pm curtain
Partners in Music Education
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Roosevelt High School
4419 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50312
1:00 PM, free and open to the public

December 10 Program


Veni, veni Emmanuel
Anonymous/arr. Calmus (France/Germany/Intl.)

Introitus: Puer natus est nobis **
Orlando di Lasso (1530-1594; Netherlands)
**from the Officium Natalis Christi (c. 1574)

Remember, O Thou Man
Thomas Ravenscroft/arr. L. Böhme (1590-1633; England)

Eta notsch swjataja
Traditional/arr. Reiko Füting (Russia)

Alleluia: Dies sanctificatus**
Orlando di Lasso (1530-1594)

A Nai Naoimh
Traditional/arr. Böhme

Wexford Carol
Traditional/arr. Naomi Crellin (Ireland)

Sequentia: Natus ante saecula**
Communio: Viderunt omnes**
Orlando di Lasso (1530-1594)

Il est né, le divin Enfant
Anonymous/arr. Böhme (Pub.1862; France)


Rise up, shepherd, and follow
Traditional/arr. S. Krause (Pub. 1867; USA)

Les anges dans nos campagnes
Traditional/arr. Fredo Jung (France/Intl.)

Betlehems Stjärna
Alice Tegner/arr. Robert Sund (1864-1943; Sweden)

Stille Nacht
Franz Gruber/arr. Jung (1787-1863; Austria/Intl.)

White Christmas
Irving Berlin/arr. Krause (1888-1989; USA)

De tierra lejana venimos
Traditional/arr. Juan Garcia (Puerto Rico)

Hej mit vinterland
Britt Lindeborg/arr. Garcia (1928-1998; Sweden)

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional/ arr. Böhme (Pub. 1780; England)

Concert tickets ($55, $45, $35 and $25) can be purchased online or by calling the Civic Music Association at 515.280.4020. A 40% student discount is available prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability).
For more information, visit or call 515.280.4020.
Since 1925, Civic Music Association has existed to engage, enrich and educate the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars. Our vision is a community where people are positively impacted by hearing, seeing and feeling great music through Civic Music Association.

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