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Cantus Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30PM

"The amazing men of Cantus weave their usual spell, with singing of unimaginable precision, sensitivity and deep emotional power" — American Record Guide
"The complexity of (their) music is fully expressed, the diction is perfect, the emotions alive." — Gramophone Magazine
"I was totally bowled over, as usual, by their luscious sonorities, technical perfection, and imaginative choice of repertoire." — American Record Guide
"The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States" — Fanfare
"wide-ranging stylistic fluency and a boatload of talent" — The Washington Post
"Cantus applied abundant warmth and seamless interaction to all of its fare, and hinted of a cheeky sense of humor. The results were mesmerizing." — Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The all-male chamber choir Cantus sings with astonishing perfection of tone and diction. Means and ends join in genuinely glorious music-making. The complexity of the music is fully expressed, the diction is perfect, the emotions alive." — Gramophone Magazine
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About Cantus

There is something about being in the presence of live song, so enthusiastically performed — it invigorates the soul. Cantus knows how to hit that sweet spot, keeping you fully in the moment during the show, and unable to get the songs out of your head afterwards. Acclaimed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare), Cantus engages audiences in an "intellectually, emotionally and musically rich" (Star Tribune) experience. Winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, Cantus has released 16 albums and performed in concerts throughout Europe and the US.

About the Program "Alone Together"

Cantus will perform Alone Together, a program that explores the struggle to build meaningful connections in a world that has never been more connected. It is a celebration of community and a showcase of the ways technology has changed the way people communicate and connect with one another.

Anchored by three works written for Cantus: a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, We Two, by Steven Sametz; David Lang's modern exploration of yearning in his Manifesto; and, a brand new, multi- movement work by Libby Larsen entitled You. In You, Larsen sets poetry of both Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay in a work that reaffirms our humanity through communication and a recognition of our universal need for understanding and acceptance.

The program weaves in music by Jennifer Higdon, Laura Mvula, McCartney and Lennon, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Sydney Guillaume. The pairing of Laura Mvula’s She and McCartney and Lennon's She's Leaving Home offer an examination of the self and the journey of self-actualization. Beethoven's Gesang der Mönche and Dave Matthew's Gravedigger illustrate a consideration of the legacies we leave behind. You Will Be Found by Pasek and Paul offers hope while Sydney Guillaume's Gagot centers on the mess and struggle of life and the importance of taking it one moment at a time.

Join Cantus for an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world.

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