Cantus is touring with its 2016-17 program, “No Greater Love Than This,” depicting life as seen through the eyes of a soldier. 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 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.”
Highlights include works by Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bob Chilcott, John Lennon, and a new work by Emmy-award winning “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal.
Cantus’s season opened with a sold-out performance at Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall of a joint program with Chanticleer, a collaboration that grew out of the viral video of their impromptu performance of Biebl’s “Ave Maria” while on tour last season. In Orange City, choirs from Northwestern College, Unity Christian High School and Sioux Center High School will join Cantus in “Ave Maria.” Hear Cantus sing Ave Maria HERE.
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 rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the artistic process. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring. The ensemble is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards.
The Washington Post hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.
Terry Blain of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune called this Cantus show “an evening high on vocal quality, and long on the ability to prompt deeper reflection on the troubled world we live in.” Story here.
Minnesota Public Radio said, “These boys can rock, swing, groove, and boogie, as well as do their standard shift of classical and contemporary music. They can, in short, do pretty much anything.”
Veterans and their spouses will receive complimentary tickets to the Feb. 18 Cantus performance. Call Orange City Arts, 707-4885.
Sponsor of Cantus is Orange City Arts, in collaboration with Northwestern College, Staples Foundation, De Jong Oil and Repair, and the American Legion Post 329 of Orange City.
The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The concert is part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series.
Meet the members of Cantus here.
Tickets are $15 adult and $10 student in advance; $18 and $12 at the door. Tickets for Northwestern students are $5. Order tickets here, or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712-707-4885.