Touring Programs



2018/2019 Touring Programs

Alone Together

Available September 2018 through July 2019.

By almost any measure, our ability to communicate has never been more advanced. Nevertheless — thought linked by technology — people and communities still struggle to connect in meaningful ways. Cantus explores the challenges of connecting in our modern age through works by Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein paired with such contemporary composers as Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, and Gabriel Kahane, as well as arrangements of music by Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Dave Matthews. Alone Together will also feature a brand new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen.

Christmas with Cantus: Lessons and Carols for Our Time

Please consult for available dates

In the 1880’s Edward White Benson, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury, organized the Lessons and Carols service to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve.  Yet what began as a “sobering” suggestion has grown to a tradition that encompasses the world, with variations of the service found in Christmas and holiday celebrations throughout the past century.  As an innovative vehicle for meditation and thought, Cantus’ Lessons and Carols for Our Time is a perfect way to reflect on today’s most important relevant lessons, both intimate and universal.

Each holiday season, we celebrate age-old traditions and create new ones for future generations. In a program hailed by The Pioneer Press as “…one of the most rewarding … Cantus has ever created,” Cantus presents a modern take on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, reimagined for the new world we live in today.

2017/2018 Touring Programs

Discovery of Sight

Available September 2017 through July 2018

Light is an integral part of life, from controlling our daily habits and cycles, to providing nourishment, warmth, and protection.  But what happens when light is taken away, or even restored?  We all have experienced our own personal “sunrises” or “twilight hours”.  There are even moments in our lives when we recognize the impact of vision in new ways.

Including seasoned masterpieces like Richard Strauss’ Traumlicht and Franz Schubert’s Die Nacht, Discovery of Sight also breaks new ground with Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque and a brand new commission from Gabriel Kahane.  But at its heart, Discovery of Sight revels in the mystery, science, and poetry of what it means to truly “see”.