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Sept. 29: Men’s Vocal Ensemble ‘Cantus’

Performance will take place in Halling Recital Hall.

2015-09-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-2-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Cantus, Minnesota’s internationally-acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble, comes to the Mankato area with “The Four Loves,” a program that examines love from all sides and features four new works commissioned by Cantus. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Love has been the inspiration for artistic expression since the dawn of time. The emotion is so complex that the Greeks broke it down into four different kinds: romantic, familial, friendly and spiritual love. Cantus regards this greatest and most fragile gift in “The Four Loves” with world premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Ysaye Barnwell, Roger Treece and Joseph Gregorio, as well as music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Grieg.

Performance Series director Dale Haefner says, “The Department of Music is honored to present this renowned vocal ensemble as part of our Fall Performance Series season. This is a concert that you will not want to miss.”

As one of the country’s only two full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown to 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.

The ensemble is recognized for their artistic excellence and musical versatility. Committed to a cappella presentation of significant music, Cantus is renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including newly commissioned work. The ensemble enjoys a vigorous schedule of international touring, concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs and recording.

Since 2001, Cantus has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label, many widely acclaimed by media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Fanfare and critics around the country. The latest Cantus recording, "A Harvest Home," was released in November 2014 to glowing praise.

The ensemble is heard frequently on public radio as regular guests on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and on American Public Media’s annual Thanksgiving program “Thanksgiving with Cantus,” heard each year on more than 300 public radio stations nationwide.

Tickets to "The Four Loves" are $15 general admission and $13 for Minnesota State Mankato students and are available in advance at mnsu.edu/music/events or at the door the evening of the concert. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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