Artist Series welcomes the vocalist ensemble, Cantus, on Jan. 22


Vocalist Ensemble, Cantus
Vocalist Ensemble, Cantus

, KY—The Artist Series at Asbury College welcomes the performance of Cantus on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Cantus, a vocal chamber ensemble made up of some of the nation’s best collaborative vocalists, is committed to the excellent performance of significant music, both old and newly commissioned.

Rehearsing and performing without conductor, “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare Magazine) has delighted critics and audiences alike with its stylistic versatility and eclectic programming. Cantus shares its impeccable singing, engaging stage personality and heartfelt interpretations with audiences as they perform on tour across the country and at home in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Cantus was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.

Cantus’ exciting and diverse repertoire spans all periods and genres, including contemporary works, art songs, early music, world music, and pop. The ensemble regularly commissions new works and Cantus’ “Music for Men’s Voices” choral series is published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and features works written for and by the members of Cantus.

Cantus’ coast-to-coast tours have included performances throughout the United States, appearing on major concert stages from New York to San Francisco, and the ensemble made its European debut at France’s Polyfolia Festival. Cantus has performed at the American Choral Directors’ Association’s national and regional conventions and numerous choral festivals.  During the 2007-08 season, Cantus toured across the eastern United States with the Boston Pops, traveled to Cameroon, Africa for a 13-day engagement, and performed in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center.

Cantus also has a rich history of collaborations with other arts organizations, including Trio Mediaeval, the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Doc Severinsen, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, Cantus collaborated with Theater Latté Da in the commissioning of a new work entitled All Is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914. 

Cantus has recorded nine CDs on its own label, Cantus Recordings, and their recent self-titled CD “Cantus” was named one of the top 10 CD’s of 2007 by National Public Radio. 

Cantus is committed to music education and encourages people of all ages – especially men – to sing. Its members are frequent clinicians at festivals, schools and universities throughout the country.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Kinlaw Library, and will also include an art exhibit featuring the paintings of Asbury College alumnus Douglas Mellor’ 77. His recent work features thoughtful landscapes rendered in brilliant colors and deliberately ordered compositions. The event is free and open to all. Dress is semi-formal.

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