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Cantus Chamber Choir

Date: April 21, 2005 PDT Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Cantus Chamber Choir is a professional 22-member a cappella choir renowned in Europe for its performances of liturgical music, Transcarpathian folk songs, and choral music from a rich and varied repertoire. Known as a Laureate Choir in Europe due to its consistently high rankings in international festivals and contests, the group has performed at festivals in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Switzerland.

Cantus features songs of the Orthodox Russian and Ukrainian churches with works by Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff; music of the Renaissance including compositions of Palestrina and Monteverdi; 18th and 19th Century European choral music by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Schumann; and 20th Century masters such as Poulenc, Stravinsky, and Pendercki. Highlighting their repertoire are wonderful folk songs that mimic traditional instruments, contemporary Broadway tunes, and a misterium service evoking prayers by candlelight.

Cantus is more than an outstanding performing group. A deep interest in developing modern music led the group to establish a Festival of Modern Sacred Music in 2001 held annually in Uzhgorod. The same year, they initiated a series of Master Classes for singers and invited choir directors. Conductor Emil Sokach introduces participants to the choir’s repertoire and rehearsal techniques through samples of liturgical music and Ukrainian folk songs. In April 2004, Master Classes featured world-renowned conductors, Hans Michael Beuerle from Germany and Simon Camartin of Switzerland, and four invited musicians from Germany culminating in a Bach Festival and Festival of Contemporary Sacred Music.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors/students

Free to Lewis & Clark community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) when tickets picked up in advance at the Collge Bookstore. $5 Lewis & Clark College community at the door.

Tickets also available through Tickets West 800 992-8499

Ticket proceeds donated to the Corvallis Sister Cities Association.

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