Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Cantus Vocal Ensemble on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.
The 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. 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.
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 specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world.
The program, weaving in music by Jennifer Higdon, Laura Mvula, McCartney and Lennon, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Sydney Guillaume, will be presented in 36 cities and 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 to unearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices.
Cantus has received commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America.
Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.
The ensemble is heard frequently on classical public radio nationwide.
Cantus has released 18 recordings on the group’s self-titled label.
Cantus was also an Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
For more information, call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit hamilton.edu/performingarts.