Why We Exist
The CRSP was founded in 1970 by Dr. Anthony (Tony) Petti, a professor of Renaissance English literature at the University of Calgary. Tony started the group as a way of demonstrating Medieval and Renaissance music and drama to his literature classes, and then expanded it with a mandate for public performance. Concerts were, and still are, designed to educate as well as entertain. Tony was well known and loved for his dynamic narratives and flamboyant wit onstage, as well as his kindness and encouragement to all, a legacy we strive to keep alive.
Fifty years later, we are still sharing our love for this glorious, life-affirming music, offering a rich variety of musical themes and styles from sacred to playfully secular. We perform in both conventional and unconventional settings, for diverse audiences and with collaborators from a wide range of cultural and musical traditions.