Join Us for Psalmists and Seers: Chichester Psalms
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Cantemus Chamber Chorus’s winter program, Psalmists and Seers, reveals the solemn splendor and holy excitement of the holiday season, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at its center. Its colorful Hebrew poetry and zigzagging rhythms proclaim the greatness of the season. The Midwife’s Tale, a Christmas cantata by Cambridge composer James Woodman, reflects in sonorous medieval poetry the mystery and awe of the Nativity. Other pieces on the program set the scene for a melodious, enchanting and heart-stirring season of true joy. The final piece, Lauridsen’s prayerful setting of James Agee’s poem Sure on This Shining Night, shimmers with the essence of tranquility and peace. Harp, organ and percussion accompany the chorus, and a reception follows the concert.
Venue changes: The concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, will be at First Church in Wenham at 7:30 pm. We've also added a new venue in Swampscott where our Sunday, Dec. 10 performance will take place at First Church, 40 Monument Avenue, at 4:00 pm. In Newburyport, the concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4:00 pm at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street.
Cantemus Receives George Henschel Community Award from the Harvard Musical Association
Cantemus is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant in support of our collaboration with Rumbarroco for a multicultural choral/instrumental program of modern music by Latin American composers from Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela, presented in Salem, MA. This award is given to Boston area organizations dedicated not only to the performance and composition of serious music, especially chamber music, but also to the development of steady, attentive audiences appreciative of this kind of musical experience. In particular, the Harvard Musical Association seeks to fund innovative and original undertakings. They support proposals that feature outreach campaigns as well as performances at the highest level. See a list of award recipients here… »
Rhythms! Dances! Songs!
Cantemus Invites Listeners to “Concierto: A Latin American Voyage”
When it comes to Latin American music, you cannot help but think of rhythm, tango and passion. This sets the mood for the program Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank has designed for the Cantemus 45-member chamber chorus’s spring concerts. The program mixes the familiar with the obscure, highlighting extraordinary modern composers writing in their own “idioma” to transmit the culture, flavor and history of their homelands to the music and their listeners.
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Choral Intern Program
Our intern program open to area high school students who are interested in a high level immersion program of singing with a small chorus of musically trained adults. We will accept one person per part (SATB) by audition with the conductor. If more than one qualified singer per part auditions, we will consider admitting them as well. The decision is to be made by the musical director. The appointment will last one year with the possibility of renewal.
This program is intended to be a supplemental vocal experience to the students’ high school music program and may help in building their resumes as they prepare for college. Applicants must have good sight reading abilities and be available Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10 for rehearsals at the Miles River Middle School in Hamilton and for weekend concerts the first weekend of December and the last weekend of April.
It is our hope that this program will help to cultivate a new generation of skilled choral singers.
Read the letter announcing the program that went out to local high school choral directors.
Please contact Betsy Vicksell for more information.