Performing Arts Series Presents Cantus

Men’s vocal ensemble to perform Feb. 5 at Nightingale Concert Hall

The members of Cantus gathered around a seating area.

Men’s vocal ensemble Cantus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Nightingale Concert Hall in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Church Fine Arts building.

Performing Arts Series Presents Cantus

Men’s vocal ensemble to perform Feb. 5 at Nightingale Concert Hall

Men’s vocal ensemble Cantus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Nightingale Concert Hall in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Church Fine Arts building.

The members of Cantus gathered around a seating area.

Men’s vocal ensemble Cantus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Nightingale Concert Hall in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Church Fine Arts building.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is hosting men's vocal ensemble, Cantus, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, in Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

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. 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.

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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 released 18 recordings on the group's self-titled label. Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music each season and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for men's voices. 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.

In their performance at Nightingale Concert Hall, Cantus will explore 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. The program - also 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.

The 2018-19 Performing Arts Season will continue in spring of 2019 with the following performances:

  • March 5: Danú, traditional Irish ensemble
  • April 25: Walter Smith III, jazz saxophonist and composer

Tickets are $35, adult (older than 17 and younger than 62); $29, seniors, University faculty and staff; $15 youth/student (ages 3-17, non-University student); $5, University student (must be purchased in-person at Lawlor Events Center). Children younger than two are admitted free. The child will need to sit on an adult's lap unless there is space available. University faculty, staff and students must show University ID.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 775-784-4444 (convenience fees for online and phone purchases), or in person at either the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office (open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1550 N. Virginia St, Reno, lower level) or at the Church Fine Arts Box Office beginning one hour before performances. Orders received too late for mailing will be held at the box office for pick-up.
For more information about this event, contact the School of the Arts at (775) 784-4278.

    The School of the Arts presents the Performing Arts Series. The University's School of the Arts embraces its role as a vibrant center for arts and culture in northern Nevada. Its degree programs provide a strong foundation in a range of artistic disciplines, enabling students to contribute as artists, educators and scholars at the local level and beyond. The School, as part of the College of Liberal Arts, also supports and encourages scholarship, research, innovation, and the artistic endeavors of its faculty. Finally, the school encourages broad campus and community participation in the arts through its numerous performances, lectures, exhibitions, core courses, and outreach activities that explore diverse cultures and encourage lifelong learning.

    The Performing Arts Series receives financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the City of Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association; and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno. Hotel rooms are provided by Eldorado Resorts and marketing support is provided by CLM Design.

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