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October 9, 2015

Ysaye Barnwell brings a new song to Cantus

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Composer Ysaye Barnwell is in Twin Cities this week to hear her commissioned work by the vocal group Cantus. She took a break for lunch Thursday before a late afternoon rehearsal and a subsequent performance at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.

Wednesday night, Barnwell spent 90 minutes directing a community sing of spirituals that she had arranged.

“You find out in a hurry who wants to wade in the water and who is a motherless child,” she said.

Barnwell sang and composed with Sweet Honey in the Rock before retiring in 2013. It was all amicable, all good. “Thirty-four years was enough,” she said. “That’s all. I needed to not do that anymore.”

Barnwell wrote “Tango With God” for Cantus. It’s one of four songs the chorus commissioned for its fall program, “The Four Loves,” which will be performed five times (including Thursday night) over the next ten days.

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Posted by acapnews at October 9, 2015 12:00 AM


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