Program includes set of Beatles covers from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band plus classical works, contemporary compositions and popular tunes
The “engaging young male” vocal ensemble (New Yorker) returns as a headlining artist in the concert series for the second year in a row
May 30, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday, June 21st at 6pm, Cantus will perform in Bryant Park as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series. The concert – which is free to the public – is also part of the citywide music festival Make Music New York.
Masters of repertoire spanning music of the Renaissance to the 21st century, Cantus strives to give voice to collective human experience in their programming. For the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert – Cantus will present popular favorites including a suite of Beatles covers from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The program will also feature Ysaye Barwell’s Wanting Memories, Paul J. Rudoi’s America Will Be and John Lennon’s Imagine among others.
This appearance for Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts and Make Music New York coincides with the conclusion of Cantus’ 2016-2017 touring season, which brought No Greater Love than This – an exploration by Cantus of the emotions and experiences common to soldiers and loved ones in times of peace and war with repertoire by Lee Hoiby, Melissa Dunphy, William Billings, John Lennon, Christine Donkin, a new commission by Jeff Beal and rarely performed songs for men’s voices by Dvóřak and Janáček– to 30 cities nationwide including New York, Dallas, Phoenix and Southern California in addition to their home base in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.
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.
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 performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. During the 2016-17 season Cantus presented their touring program No Greater Love than This, in 30 cities nationwide, sharing this exploration of the emotions and experiences common to soldiers and loved ones in times of peace and war in cities including New York, Dallas, Phoenix and Southern California.
Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New Music USA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America. Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on classical and public radio nationwide as regular guests on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and on Performance Today. Cantus has released 17 full length recordings, as well as the recent EP Anthem on the group’s self-titled label.
Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009) and the Education Outreach Award (2011). Cantus was also the 2010-2011 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.
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. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring with a culminating public concert in the spring.
About Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts
For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local community organizations to bring outstanding mainstage artists—as well as exciting rising stars of classical, jazz, and world music—to neighborhoods from the tip of Brooklyn to the top of the Bronx. Tapping into the pulse of diverse communities, these free concerts bring together local residents and people from throughout the city to share in the joy of music.