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January 28, 2010

Cantus men's chorus focuses on the elements

Savannah Morning News (GA):

What began in the mid-'90s as an all-male student choral group at a college in Minnesota has, through the years, become one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles. Cantus will make a tour stop in Savannah with a performance at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, as a part of the Concerts on Skidaway musical series.

The tour program theme for Cantus is "Elemental," which looks at music written specifically about the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, as well as what is metaphorically elemental to the human experience, such as love and light. "The theme allows us to bring together diverse styles of music," said Aaron Humble, artistic council tour manager for Cantus. "When the program comes together, it can be poignant how the diverse musical styles blend."

Highlights of their performance will include "Lux Aurumque (Walton Music)" by Eric Whitacre and "Muistse Mere Laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea)" by Veljo Tormis. " 'Lux Aurumque' is a piece that's pretty popular in choral repertoire right now. (Whitacre's) music is very unique. It's all about light," Humble said. "One of the pieces not nearly as well known is "Songs of the Ancient Sea" by Tormis. His style and composition relies a lot on folk songs or Estonian runo-song."

Cantus also will perform traditional music by composers like Schubert, as well as spirituals and contemporary works. "We believe every piece should be approached and performed in its own way. Every piece is varied, and our approach is just as diverse," Humble said. "We have the ability to provide something for everyone." Read more.

Posted by acapnews at January 28, 2010 12:00 AM


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