The Jamestown Concert Association opens the second-half of their 2017-18 season on Friday, 23 March 2018 with Calmus. Calmus is a vocal quintet from Leipzig, founded by Martin Lattke in 1999. The quintet is comprised of the following voices: Anja Poche - soprano, who joined the quintet in 2001, marking the group's transition from an all-male to a mixed ensemble. Besides her involvement with Calmus, Anja regularly performs as a solo singer in oratorio and cantata concerts throughout Germany, Ireland, Great Britain and Switzerland, A particular emphasis of her repertoire is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Sebastian Krause - countertenor, co-founded the Calmus Ensemble in 1999. Aside from Calmus he was both a member of the "Sächsisches Vokalensemble" under Matthias Jung. Sebastian is also an arranger for all kinds of vocal music both for Calmus and other vocal ensembles and choirs. Tobias Poche - tenor, has been the tenor of the Calmus Ensemble since 2006. As a soloist and as an ensembel singer, his diverse field of activity has taken him to all parts of Germany, throughout Europe, Asia and to North and South America. Ludwig Bohme - baritone, the founding member of Calmus, loves vocal music - as a singer, a conductor, a lecturer or an arranger. Ludwig, in addition to many other musical endeavors leads workshops for vocal ensembles and choirs and is Lecturer for Conducting at the Protestant Academy for Church Music in Halle/Saale. He has also achieved success as an arranger and a composer. Manuel Helmeke - bass, is the newest member, joining Calmus at the beginning of 2015. Manuel is passionate about conducting his initiated choir projects.
Together, these voices are the perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Clamus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again.
The musicians are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys' choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. The music of our own time is also a real passion. It goes without saying that they revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.
Check out some of the links below to get a sense of the vocal mastery of Calmus, and be sure to join us in March!