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Cantus Vocal Ensemble

Friday, February 10, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Vocal Ensemble Series

Baldwin Auditorium

Easily recognized thanks to its trademark warmth and blend, the low-voice ensemble has been referred to as “exquisite” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” by the Washington Post. The Cantus Vocal Ensemble brings a dazzling program built around the concept of being ‘Alone Together.’ With a wide-reaching range of repertoire, Cantus explores the challenges of connecting in our modern age, pairing works by Sibelius and Saint-Saëns with contemporary composers and musicians such as David Lang, Andrea Ramsey, Laura Mvula and even Simon & Garfunkel. What does it mean to be ‘Alone Together’ and how do we find that connection through music?

Committed to the expansion of vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music – in this concert, a piece by Libby Larsen – and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for lower voices.


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Arcade Fire: Deep Blue

Ingrid Michaelson: Twitter Song:

David Lang: Manifesto

Laura Mvula: She

Libby Larsen: III. You, Know…Are, Who?

Simon & Garfunkel: A Most Peculiar Man

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul: You Will Be Found

Melissa Dunphy: It’s Strange About Stars

Camille Saint-Saëns: Calme Des Nuits (Stillness of the Night)

Carlos Lalonde: For Morning Comes

Andrea Ramsey: That Which Remains

Sharon Durant: Chinese Proverb

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

Abbie Betinis: Be Like the Bird

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell: Wanting Memories

Z. Randall Stroope: In Paradisum

Bobby McFerrin: The 23rd Psalm (Dedicated to My Mother)

Christopher H. Harris: I Would Live In Your Love

Traditional, arr. Paul John Rudoi: Yonder Come Day

CANTUS: Canto a Eleggua arr. Arlety Valdés & Yudelkis Lafuente

CANTUS: Sing to the Moon – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

CANTUS: Noël Nouvelet by Sofia Söderberg

Performed with great polish, perfect intonation, tonal homogeneity, and rich texture.

The Berkshire Edge