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CANTUS Brews, Sings New Music Loves

When The Manchurian Candidate premiered at Minnesota Opera last winters, reviewers sang the praises of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ score. Across town, however, Minneapolis-based ensemble CANTUS is singing a different Pulitzer Prize-related tune in rehearsal. The all-male vocal ensemble’s latest concert offering, The Four Loves, features four new song commissions:

In an unusual piece of crowdfunding, these four commissions were funded by a Kickstarter campaign this past winter and by support from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music (ASFNM). The program for The Four Loves includes works by Beethoven, Poulenc, Grieg, and others.
CANTUS will perform The Four Loves five times before taking the program to Denver, Detroit, New York City, Tucson, and Washington, DC this fall.
  • Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm: Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music – 501 S. Second St. in Minneapolis
  • Saturday, October 10, 7:30 pm: Trinity Lutheran Church – 115 4th St. N. in Stillwater
  • Friday, October 16, 11:00 am: Colonial Church of Edina – 6200 Colonial Way in Edina
  • Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm: Ordway Concert Hall – 345 Washington St. in Saint Paul
  • Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm: Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church – 630 Wayzata Blvd. E. in Wayzata

CANTUS was not available for comment due to a performing engagement today in Bogota, Columbia.


Basil Considine