The German vocal ensemble Calmus has been performing both across Europe and North America for over 20-years but the group will be making it’s first visit to Southeast Kansas later this week. The 5-person vocal ensemble is the 4th group to perform as part of the 2019-2020 Pittsburg State Chamber and Solo Music Series taking place at the Sharon K. Deane recital on Friday January 24 at 7:30 pm.
KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro recently spoke over Skype with Calmus’s baritone, Ludwig Bohme who is also an arranger, conductor and lecturer. Bohme is the last founding member of the group and says that the original members of the group had just finishing attending school together and wanted to continue signing together. Fast forward over 20-years, 100’s of concerts and 23 albums later and Calmus is still performing and more popular than ever. The founding members had performed together in the St. Thomas Boys Choirs, which at one time in the late 1800’s Beethoven himself once directed.
The group is performing their ‘Just Voices’ concert when they visit Pittsburg, KS this upcoming Friday. After over 20-years of performing as a member of Calmus, Bohme says that each concert hall, from the very large cathedrals to the small chapels are special to him. The baritone voice of the group is rooted in its humble beginnings and says the past two-decades of performing have gone by quickly. Another aspect that has kept Calmus singing is that they largely arrange and write their own music.
Calmus’s first stop on this six-city US tour was on Friday , January 17 at The Westin at Times Square in New York City. They will perform at Pittsburg State on Friday, January 24 and then conclude their trip the following night at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS.
For more information about their stop in Pittsburg, including how to purchase tickets click this link.