Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:30 PM in Brendle Recital Hall
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
As one of the nation’s few full-time men’s ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.
Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music for men’s voices including work from Nico Muhly, Lee Hoiby, Steven Sametz, Kenneth Jennings, Peter Hamlin, Edie Hill and Robert Kyr. Cantus has received commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America.
Cantus has released 15 albums on its own self-titled label, each to considerable acclaim. Of That Eternal Day (2010) the New York Times said, “the Cantus recording offers many satisfactions, none greater than a touching, ineffably simple performance of The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother) by Bobby McFerrin.” The latest Cantus recording, On the Shoulders of Giants was released in October 2012.
Cantus and Theater Latté Da present “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914″ by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach.
Through new arrangements of European carols and war-songs for a capella voices, All Is Calm recalls the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land on Christmas, 1914.
This event will be presented in cooperation with IPLACe, the Interdisciplinary Performance in the Liberal Arts Center.
Secrest Signature Pre-Performance Talk
Michael Hughes, Professor of History | 6:40 PM | Room 208