POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Minnesota-based Cantus, acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), will perform at Vassar College on Friday, September 28, at 8:00pm in a free concert at the Skinner Hall of Music. The program will feature repertoire from their newest album, On the Shoulders of Giants – the 15th on the group’s self-titled label, to be released on October 23.
The title of On the Shoulders of Giants was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s famous quote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This newest release from Cantus celebrates the influence and inspiration of composers who have made an indelible mark in music with works that are both timeless and instantly recognizable. The album’s repertoire spans nearly a thousand years from “Sederunt”—one of the first known works of polyphony—to U2’s “MLK” and works by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Randall Thompson. “What began as a simple search for masterworks,” explains Gary Ruschman, tenor, “became an exciting journey to find the roots of inspiration for making art in the first place: devotion, hope, identity, pride, hardship, and joy.”
Cantus is known world-wide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.
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.
In addition to the Vassar concert, Cantus will be performing in over 40 cities throughout the United States, including Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, Denver, and Kansas City. Cantus will also embark on its first Middle Eastern tour, performing in Muscat, Oman and Dubai, UAE in March of 2013.
To learn more about Cantus and see complete touring information, please visit:http://www.cantussings.org.
This concert is presented by Vassar’s Department of Music and is a Jane Prouty Smith ’32 Event.
About the Department of MusicMusic has occupied a place of prominence at Vassar College since its founding, in its curriculum, faculty, student activities, and facilities. Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program encompassing opportunities for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in several or all of these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of 15, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.
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