Happy Holidays! Artio's Winter season starts on January 9th! We'll be handing out new music and catching up on everyone's holiday fun.
If you're passionate about singing, want to explore diverse music, and want to push the boundaries of choral performance, come check us out! Artio focuses first on producing a phenomenal aural experience, and integrates movement and staging to produce an extravagant year-end performance. We sing all kinds of music; from gregorian chant and baroque music, to modern favourites Ola Gjeilo, Jake Runestad, and Rajaton, to local composers like Peter Jancewicz.
This year, we present "Lacrimosa" as our year-end performance, performed both independently and as part of the Unison Festival. In collaboration with choreographers Mark Ikeda and Alen Chaudry, aerial straps artist Patrick Chan, and set designer Terry Gunvordhal, Artio explores a difficult but all too common theme throughout human history. The sad reality that often the catalyst for change comes as a result of the suffering and death of an individual. Someone whose sacrifice compels and sparks the flames of large scale societal change.
Recently, Artio has had the opportunity to perform with Tanya Tagaq, Chris Hadfield, and many other choirs in the Calgary area. We often perform in the MRU Nickle Theatre, as well as the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts and Bella Concert Hall; we also love eclectic vensues like the Riddell Library and Learning Centre staircase, and the Michelangelo Gallery downtown.
- Regular rehearsals are Tuesday nights 6:30-9PM in the MRU Nickle Theatre, located near the West Gate entrance to the main Mount Royal University building. In addition to regular rehearsals, there are weekend workshops There is a weekend camp in late April, with the year-end performances in late May.
- Anyone 15 and older is welcome to attend our open rehearsals and join the choir. No prior singing or musical experience is required, but is an asset. There is no audition; all interested members are welcome to join. There is no obligation or cost to attend an open rehearsal.
- Rehearsal begins promptly at 6:30; please arrive early so that we can get started on time.
- Remember to bring a water bottle, pencil, and a fantastic attitude!
- Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and socks are recommended for movement rehearsals.
- A piece of ID or valuable item (phone, keys, etc) is required to borrow music at your first rehearsal.
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Photo from Sound of the Hollow, Artio's 2017 Production, featuring our friend Waldorf the giant puppet!