Cantus
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:30PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.

The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and innovative programming. Each season they grow in prominence because of their distinctive approach to creating music.

By almost any measure, our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced. Yet, as the world grows exponentially smaller with new technologies, the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. Exploring our struggle to build meaningful connection in a world that has never been more connected, Alone Together is anchored by a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, “We Two”, by Steven Sametz, and also informed by David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his “Manifesto”. A brand new, multi-movement commission from Libby Larsen helps to celebrate a reaffirmation of our humanity through communication and a recognition of our universal need for understanding and acceptance. Join Cantus for an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world.

 

She
Laura Mvula

She’s Leaving Home
John Lennon
Paul McCartney

You*
Libby Larsen
I. You, here…now

Twitter Song
Ingrid Michaelson

Deep Blue
Arcade Fire

You*
Libby Larsen
II. You, now…know

Calme Des Nuits (Stillness of the Night)
Camille Saint-Saëns

A Most Peculiar Man
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel

You*
Libby Larsen
III. You, know…are, who

Gesang der Mönche (Monks’ Song)
Ludwig van Beethoven

Gravedigger
Dave Matthews

You Will Be Found
Benj Pasek
Justin Paul

— INTERMISSION —

Gagòt
Sydney Guillaume

A Quiet Moment
Jennifer Higdon

Manifesto
David Lang

You*
Libby Larsen
IV. You, here…need

When the Earth Stands Still
Don McDonald

You*
Libby Larsen
V. You, here…know, love

We Two
Steven Sametz

I. Earth, My Likeness
II. I Am He That Aches With Amorous Love
III. Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
IV. Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes
V. We Two, How Long We Were Fool’d

The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend,innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of“exquisite.”

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal 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.

Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San FranciscoPerformances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

In their 2018-19 touring program Alone Together, Cantus explores what it means to connect in a modern world where our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced, but where the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus by Steven Sametz, David Lang and a new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Music Accord and written specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world.

Cantus will perform Alone Together across the US and Canada in 2018-19, with stops in 21 states and provinces including New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alberta and British Columbia. Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks tounearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New MusicUSA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America. Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Chanticleer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on both classical public radio nationwide and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Cantus has released 18 recordings on the group’s self-titled label.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the Education Outreach Award. Cantus was also Artist in Residence on Minnesota PublicRadio and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country. Now in its eleventh year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring and a culminating public concert in the spring.

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The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.

The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and innovative programming. Each season they grow in prominence because of their distinctive approach to creating music.

By almost any measure, our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced. Yet, as the world grows exponentially smaller with new technologies, the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. Exploring our struggle to build meaningful connection in a world that has never been more connected, Alone Together is anchored by a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, “We Two”, by Steven Sametz, and also informed by David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his “Manifesto”. A brand new, multi-movement commission from Libby Larsen helps to celebrate a reaffirmation of our humanity through communication and a recognition of our universal need for understanding and acceptance. Join Cantus for an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world.

 

Program Notes

She
Laura Mvula

She’s Leaving Home
John Lennon
Paul McCartney

You*
Libby Larsen
I. You, here…now

Twitter Song
Ingrid Michaelson

Deep Blue
Arcade Fire

You*
Libby Larsen
II. You, now…know

Calme Des Nuits (Stillness of the Night)
Camille Saint-Saëns

A Most Peculiar Man
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel

You*
Libby Larsen
III. You, know…are, who

Gesang der Mönche (Monks’ Song)
Ludwig van Beethoven

Gravedigger
Dave Matthews

You Will Be Found
Benj Pasek
Justin Paul

— INTERMISSION —

Gagòt
Sydney Guillaume

A Quiet Moment
Jennifer Higdon

Manifesto
David Lang

You*
Libby Larsen
IV. You, here…need

When the Earth Stands Still
Don McDonald

You*
Libby Larsen
V. You, here…know, love

We Two
Steven Sametz

I. Earth, My Likeness
II. I Am He That Aches With Amorous Love
III. Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
IV. Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes
V. We Two, How Long We Were Fool’d

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The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend,innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of“exquisite.”

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal 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.

Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San FranciscoPerformances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

In their 2018-19 touring program Alone Together, Cantus explores what it means to connect in a modern world where our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced, but where the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus by Steven Sametz, David Lang and a new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Music Accord and written specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world.

Cantus will perform Alone Together across the US and Canada in 2018-19, with stops in 21 states and provinces including New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alberta and British Columbia. Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks tounearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New MusicUSA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America. Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Chanticleer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on both classical public radio nationwide and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Cantus has released 18 recordings on the group’s self-titled label.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the Education Outreach Award. Cantus was also Artist in Residence on Minnesota PublicRadio and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country. Now in its eleventh year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring and a culminating public concert in the spring.

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