2018-19 Season

Luminous Voices offered four self-produced concerts for the 2018-19 season, all at the Bella Concert Hall!

We were again presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: this time for its Late Night concert series in a collaboration with JUNO Award and Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

This Is Us


SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018 @ 3:00 PM

We begin the season with a celebration of Canadian music opening our very first concert with Andrew Balfour’s Ambe. Also featured on the programme is humorous, playful and touching Eulogies by John Estacio, Exaudi by Jocelyn Morlock, Angeline on Ossabaw by Jeffrey Ryan and works by Zachary Wadsworth, Carmen Braden, James Rolfe, Robert Ingari and Calgary-based composer Garrett Krause. We are also excited to once again collaborate with special guest artist Beth Root Sandvoss, cello.

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Monday 31 December 2018, 8:00-10:00 pm

Our popular New Year's Eve tradition continues featuring works by Palestrina, Gabriel Jackson, William Harris, Johannes Brahms and others. Our guest artists are Gianetta Baril, Harp and Heather Wootton and Laurie Matiation, French horn. Special treats will be served at intermission just like in previous years!

We are starting a new tradition: Luminous Voices Community Sing! Come to the new Central Library on Monday, December 10 at 3PM for a free singing workshop. No experience required, just come join us to sing along and get a 15% discount code to attend A Luminous New Year’s Even performance!

Path of Miracles


WHEN: Sunday 10 February 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Featuring Joby Talbot, composer, Path of Miracles

Back by popular demand, we again embark on the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) with Path of Miracles, the a cappella choral masterpiece by Joby Talbot. A pilgrimage in composition, Path of Miracles is a journey, as the four movement titles (Roncesvalles, Burgos, León and Santiago) are the four main posts along the Camino de Santiago, one of the most taxing pilgrimage routes in Roman Catholic tradition. Maestro Talbot will be in Calgary as part of the Canadian premiere of his opera Everest with Calgary Opera -- and he will be our special guest when we perform his Path of Miracles!

Please note that our Open Rehearsal was moved to the BELLA CONCERT HALL, same time and format! Friday, February 8, 2019 4:00-5:30 followed by a light reception 5:30-7:00. RSVP at info@luminousvoices.ca.

Path of Miracles


Friday 19 April 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Featuring Rosa Barocca (Claude Lapalme, director)
Conducted by Timothy Shantz

We finish our season with a masterwork by Johann Sebastian Bach, his St. John Passion. We will perform the work on Good Friday 2019, in the return of a rich musical tradition for our city. Our orchestra will be none other than Rosa Barocca, the newest period-instrument ensemble in Alberta. This production will be the first time in Alberta that St. John Passion will be performed at Baroque pitch using period instruments. Don’t miss the pre-concert talk that starts at 7PM!


Evangelist - Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Jesus - Paul Grindlay, bass
Pilate - Sumner Thompson, baritone
Peter - Nicholas Allen, baritone
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Jolaine Kerley, soprano
Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano
Patricia Thompson, alto
Celia Lee, alto
Oliver Munar, tenor

We also hosted two free events prior to the concert of Bach’s St. John Passion:

Community Sing III.
April 3, 2019
New Central Library

A free singing workshop open to public where participants can learn few excerpts from the upcoming concert’s program and receive a 15% discount code to buy concert tickets.

Masterclass on German Recitative
April 16, 2019 | 7PM
cSPACE King Edward

A free masterclass open to public featuring:

Lawrence Wiliford (Evangelist)
Sumner Thompson (Pilate)
Nicholas Allen (Peter)
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Nathan Whittaker, baroque cello
Wendy Markosky, organ
Esteban La Rotta, baroque lute



*Please note that this concert is not included in a season subscription package for Luminous Voices.

In this late-night presentation, JUNO Award and Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq stars in the viscerally moving Qiksaaktuq; accompanied by Fausto Romitelli’s haunting and dissonant Dead City Radio and Barber’s First Symphony — an intense masterpiece from one of America’s greatest composers.

WHEN: Saturday 27 April 2019, 9:00 pm
WHERE: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons
GUEST CONDUCTOR: Alexander Prior