October 5, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday, November 9th
at 7pm, Cantus
will present their new touring program titled No Greater Love Than This
in the Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as part of the MetLiveArts 2016-17 season.
In the program, with its profound and compelling collection of works, the men’s vocal chamber ensemble addresses the camaraderie, bravery, honor, elation, loss and longing common to all soldiers in times of both peace and war, and shared between loved ones at home and across nations. This special presentation at The Met in honor of Veterans’ Day is part of Cantus’ No Greater Love Than This
2016-2017 tour, which brings the program to over 30 cities nationwide.
With repertoire by Lee Hoiby
, Melissa Dunphy
, William Billings
, John Lennon, Christine Donkin
, a new commission by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal
(House of Cards
) and rarely performed songs for men’s voices by Dvóřak and Janáček, Cantus delves into the bonds that have defined those willing to lay down their lives for others. Quotes from first-person accounts gleaned from letters and historical collections contribute to a narrative of sacrifice, solidarity, healing and hope. Cantus illuminates a whole journey – going beyond right vs. wrong or who wins or loses to tell the story of individuals who have experienced war first hand.
“Our programs always strive to give voice to collective human experience,” said Paul Scholtz, Cantus tenor. “With No Greater Love Than This
, we realized that we all know someone touched by war – whether you’re a veteran or have a family member or friend who’s served in conflict. We channel that universal spirit and examine the full spectrum of what it means to be a soldier, risking your life for others.”Click here
to preview No Greater Love Than This.
Cantus: No Greater Love Than This
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Tickets start at $50
Tickets and Information available at http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/cantus-fy17
No Greater Love Than This Program Repertoire
Christine Donkin: In Flanders Fields
Rob and Ferdi Bolland: In the Army Now
George M. Cohan: Over There
Weston and Lee: Goodbye-ee
Leoš Janáček: Ach Vojna!
(Ah, the Army!)
Isham Jones: We’re In the Army Now
Piantadosi, et. al (arr. Foss): War Songs Medley
Richard Peaslee: When I Would Muse in Boyhood
Bob Chilcott: Five Ways to Kill a Man
Timothy C. Takach: Luceat Eis
Antonín Dvořák (arr. Loomer): Goin’ Home
Medley arr. Chris Foss: Army Life
Lee Hoiby: Last Letter Home
William Whiting: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Jeff Beal: Beneath Thin Blanket
Melissa Dunphy: What Do You Think I Fought for at Omaha Beach?
Ron Jeffers: Workin’ for the Dawn of Peace
John Lennon: Imagine
The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (StarTribune
) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. 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 in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 17 albums on its self-titled label.
Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus is an active commissioner of new music by composers including David Lang, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Nico Muhly and Byron Adams. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New Music USA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America.
The critically acclaimed performance series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art commissions and presents contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and gallery spaces. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to create groundbreaking new work, including live and digital performances, as well as site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most “memorable” and “best of” performances in New York City by the New York Times
, New Yorker
, and Broadway World