Cantus https://www.cantussings.org Vocal Ensemble Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:36:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Road Goes Ever On https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/the-road-goes-ever-on/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/the-road-goes-ever-on/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:14:54 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8883 Take a journey with Cantus into the land of fantasy and magic. Continuing Cantus’ tradition of highlighting solo voices and duets, Cantus draws on the work of composers who explore the miraculous and imaginary. This program centers on Donald Swann’s song cycle The Road Goes Ever On, settings of texts by J.R.R. Tolkien from his monumental work The Lord of the Rings and other writings about Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe.C

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:30pm | The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis | Presented in partnership with The Museum of Russian Art

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:30pm | Landmark Center in St. Paul | Presented in partnership with the Schubert Club

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:30pm | American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis | Presented in partnership with the American Swedish Institute

Friday, July 17, 2019, 11:00am | Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis

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Covers: Greatest Hits https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/covers-greatest-hits/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/covers-greatest-hits/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:11:27 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8881 For more than a decade, Cantus’ Covers series has put its own distinctive spin on popular music from the ’50s to today. Now, Cantus is excited to feature many of your favorite tunes from Covers’ 13-year history in one powerhouse program of high-energy fun, and most importantly, the smoothest vocal harmonies you’ve come to know and love. Stay tuned for more information about how you—Cantus subscriber—can help us select the music you’d like to see in this show!

All performances at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis

Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 7:30pm

Friday, June 12, 2020, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 7:30pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 3:00pm

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There Lies the Home https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/there-lies-the-home/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/there-lies-the-home/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:07:51 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8877 Few journeys on our planet are more dangerous than journeys across the oceans. There Lies the Home celebrates the courage and fortitude of early explorers who risked their lives on the tumultuous great blue unknown to make the world a little more connected. With riveting sea shanties such as Lowlands and Shenandoah, as well as the bombastic typhoon of Veljo Tormis’s Muistse Mere LauludThere Lies the Home finally arrives back ashore with Edie Hill’s beautiful, haunting A True Heart is Waiting.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:30pm | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 11:00am | Colonial Church of Edina

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:00pm | Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

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Christmas with Cantus https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/christmas-with-cantus-5-2/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/christmas-with-cantus-5-2/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:04:34 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8875 Storytelling is a wondrous and meaningful part of the holiday season. Christmas with Cantus reimagines three beloved stories: The Little Matchstick GirlChristmas or The Good Fairy, and The Nutcracker. Featuring narrated passages from these timeless holiday tales alongside familiar carols and new holiday classics, Christmas with Cantus reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season.C

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 11:00am | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30pm | Fridley High School Auditorium

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30pm | Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00pm | Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30pm | Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11:00am | Colonial Church in Edina

Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 3:00pm | Summit Center for Arts and Innovation in St. Paul

 

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One Giant Leap https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/one-giant-leap/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/06/03/one-giant-leap/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:00:50 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8873 History is filled with stories of daring innovators who had the audacity to dream of one day conquering the sky. The moon, stars, and the tapestry of the night sky are all responsible for some of humanity’s oldest legends and mysteries. In One Giant Leap, Cantus explores and celebrates the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and striving for excellence through innovation and technology.

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:30pm | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 3:00pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:00am | Colonial Church of Edina

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00pm | Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata

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2019-2020 Season Subscriptions On Sale Now! https://www.cantussings.org/2019/05/31/2019-2020-season-subscriptions/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/05/31/2019-2020-season-subscriptions/#respond Fri, 31 May 2019 18:10:14 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8839 Join us for our 25th Anniversary Concert Season!

Purchase a three, four, or five concert package now and you’ll get the best seats for the best price! As a subscriber, you’ll save up to $54 on your ticket purchases, enjoy free exchanges within the same concert title, receive an invitation to an exclusive season preview performance, and other special benefits.

CALL 612.435.0055 TO PURCHASE BY PHONE

Tickets to individual concerts go on sale September 3, 2019!

Cantus offers the ability to exchange your tickets to a different performance of the same concert. Cantus does not offer refunds on prior transactions. Thank you for understanding. We look forward to seeing you this season.

ONE GIANT LEAP

History is filled with stories of daring innovators who had the audacity to dream of one day conquering the sky. The moon, stars, and the tapestry of the night sky are all responsible for some of humanity’s oldest legends and mysteries. In One Giant Leap, Cantus explores and celebrates the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and striving for excellence through innovation and technology.

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:30pm | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 3:00pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:00am | Colonial Church of Edina

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00pm | Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata

CHRISTMAS WITH CANTUS

Storytelling is a wondrous and meaningful part of the holiday season. Christmas with Cantus reimagines three beloved stories: The Little Matchstick Girl, Christmas or The Good Fairy, and The Nutcracker. Featuring narrated passages from these timeless holiday tales alongside familiar carols and new holiday classics, Christmas with Cantus reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season.

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 11:00am | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30pm | Fridley High School Auditorium

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30pm | Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00pm | Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30pm | Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11:00am | Colonial Church in Edina

Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 3:00pm | Summit Center for Arts and Innovation in St. Paul

THERE LIES THE HOME

Few journeys on our planet are more dangerous than journeys across the oceans. There Lies the Home celebrates the courage and fortitude of early explorers who risked their lives on the tumultuous great blue unknown to make the world a little more connected. With riveting sea shanties such as Lowlands and Shenandoah, as well as the bombastic typhoon of Veljo Tormis’s Muistse Mere Laulud, There Lies the Home finally arrives back ashore with Edie Hill’s beautiful, haunting A True Heart is Waiting.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:30pm | Westminster Hall in Minneapolis

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7:30pm | Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 11:00am | Colonial Church of Edina

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:00pm | Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

COVERS: GREATEST HITS

For more than a decade, Cantus’ Covers series has put its own distinctive spin on popular music from the ’50s to today. Now, Cantus is excited to feature many of your favorite tunes from Covers’ 13-year history in one powerhouse program of high-energy fun, and most importantly, the smoothest vocal harmonies you’ve come to know and love. Stay tuned for more information about how you—Cantus subscriber—can help us select the music you’d like to see in this show!

All performances at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis

Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 7:30pm

Friday, June 12, 2020, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 7:30pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 3:00pm

THE ROAD GOES EVER ON

Take a journey with Cantus into the land of fantasy and magic. Continuing Cantus’ tradition of highlighting solo voices and duets, Cantus draws on the work of composers who explore the miraculous and imaginary. This program centers on Donald Swann’s song cycle The Road Goes Ever On, settings of texts by J.R.R. Tolkien from his monumental work The Lord of the Rings and other writings about Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:30pm | The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis

Presented in partnership with The Museum of Russian Art

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:30pm | Landmark Center in St. Paul

Presented in partnership with the Schubert Club

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:30pm | American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

Presented in partnership with the American Swedish Institute

Friday, July 17, 2019, 11:00am | Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis

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CANTUS CELEBRATES 25 SEASONS

Since Cantus was founded by a group of ambitious undergraduates, the ensemble has been comprised of and shaped by the talents of more than 40 professional singers. Join us for this special 25th anniversary celebration as we welcome back the singers of Cantus past and raise a glass to Cantus’ future! This evening will include an anniversary concert and gala to follow—and is sure to be the pinnacle of the season.
Tickets for the both the concert and gala go on sale August 1, 2019 to subscribers and September 3, 2019 to single ticket buyers!

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 3:00pm | Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

This add-on concert is not included as part of a three, four, or five concert package. To add this concert to your subscription, please order by phone or complete and return the Cantus 19-20 Season Order Form.

Beginning on September 3, single tickets to Cantus Celebrates 25 Seasons can also be purchased by clicking below or calling the Ordway box office at 612.224.4222.

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Cantus Idol 2019 https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/15/cantus-ye-composer-competition-2/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/15/cantus-ye-composer-competition-2/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:08:22 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8811 ]]> https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/15/cantus-ye-composer-competition-2/feed/ 0 High School Residency Concert https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/01/high-school-residency-concert-2019/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/01/high-school-residency-concert-2019/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:15:06 +0000 http://www.cantussings.org/?p=7001 Integral to the Cantus mission is our commitment to deepen the music education experience in the lives of young people. We celebrate our year-long residency with Monticello High School, Minneapolis Southwest High School, and East Ridge High School in this exciting, culminating concert.

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster Hall
1200 Marquette Avenue     view map

Click here to buy tickets online or call 612.435.0055

General Admission – doors open at 7:00pm

Tickets: $10 Adults and Seniors / $5 Students and Children

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Unrequited slider https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/01/covers-slider-2/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/01/covers-slider-2/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:50:29 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8836 ]]> https://www.cantussings.org/2019/04/01/covers-slider-2/feed/ 0 REVIEW: Cantus connects with a well-sung program about how we interact https://www.cantussings.org/2019/03/26/review-cantus-connects-with-a-well-sung-program-about-how-we-interact/ https://www.cantussings.org/2019/03/26/review-cantus-connects-with-a-well-sung-program-about-how-we-interact/#respond Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:44:39 +0000 https://www.cantussings.org/?p=8771 by Rob Hubbard, Special for the Pioneer Press – October 20, 2018

If attending a concert by male vocal group Cantus, you can usually expect that there will be a theme, and that some of the music will perplex you as to how it fits within that theme. But such is not the case with “Alone Together,” a new concert program that the group will be taking to several local venues. This time, Cantus has found a way to touch the heart, treat the ears and get you thinking more deeply about human behavior. It’s an exceptionally well-executed program that explores the subject of connection and isolation. That might sound like it could fall prey to murky vagueness, but it most decidedly doesn’t.

In fact, I’ve never been so moved at a Cantus concert as I was going into intermission at Friday evening’s first performance at Minneapolis’ MacPhail Center for Music. While some of that momentum was lost during the concert’s second half, this was a very rewarding two hours of almost entirely a cappella singing. Its eclectic mix of material really worked, not only holding to the theme but refracting it through a variety of voices, from Beethoven to the Beatles to Broadway.

Weaving through the program was a new five-part piece by Minnesota-based composer Libby Larsen called “You,” built on short chiming syllables passed around the ensemble, each movement eventually landing on a text by Emily Dickinson or Edna St. Vincent Millay. It proved a fine frame for a concert about clinging to care and compassion when electronic communication makes them easier to avoid. Larsen’s piece was both ethereal and urgent.

Three of the eight singers are new to the group, one of them only on an interim basis. But rather than ease the new guys in, they were thrust into leadership roles very early in the evening. Gregorio Taniguchi delivered a lovely lead vocal on the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home,” while tenor Alberto de la Paz showed off his pop chops on Laura Mvula’s “She.” And Sam Kreidenweis has a vocal quality that’s a great addition to the octet, a rich, muscular baritone.

Cantus always likes to inject some humor into its concerts, and Ingrid Michaelson’s “Twitter Song” provided the opportunity for scatting and selfies. Yet things quickly took on a more contemplative bent on a beautiful arrangement of Arcade Fire’s “Deep Blue” and a lush and lovely version of Camille Saint-Saens “Calme Des Nuits.” And there was no more arresting transition than when the group emerged from the darkness of Dave Matthews’ “Gravedigger” into the moving anthem of affirmation that is “You Will Be Found” from the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.”

So powerful was that first-half finale that the evening never again ascended to such a peak. A surplus of antiphonal chiming left me longing for some held notes and thickly textured harmonies. Some arrived on Steven Sametz’s setting of Walt Whitman poetry, “We Two,” as well as on an encore of Don McDonald’s “When the Earth Stands Still,” but it was hard to escape the impression that this concert climaxed at the halfway point.

That said, I came away thinking that this could be the best Cantus lineup in several years. They have excellent voices and blend them beautifully. If too much screen time has left you longing for some human connection, “Alone Together” might provide the kind of bonding you need.

Read this review on the Pioneer Press’ webpage HERE.

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