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NEWS: Cantus Announces 2022-2023 Season

A file photo of the vocal ensemble Cantus, from the male vocal ensemble’s 2021-2022 season. Photo courtesy of Cantus.

The Twin Cities-based vocal ensemble Cantus has announced its 2022-2023 season. The male octet will present five concert programs at a dozen Minnesotan destinations, and in twenty additional cities around the country.

“We are beyond excited to share these programs with audiences across the country as well as here at home in Minnesota,” said Paul Scholtz, a tenor vocalist and member of Cantus.

Joining the ensemble line-up in this season is tenor Matthew Shorten. Born in Australia and trained at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Shorten spent the last year completing an artist residency in Tokyo as a Luce Scholar.

Cantus’ performing season will open October 21 with its Song of the Universal program, exploring the divine in music from medieval to present, including a new premiere with music jointly written by Mari Esabel Valverde, Yosvany Estepe Diaz, and Mariana Sadovska.

In December, Cantus returns to its annual Christmas with Cantus series with Into the Light, a concert program sprinkling 10 performances across the Twin Cities. The ensemble currently plans to record the concert program for an album release through Signam Classics this fall.

A third concert program, I Hear America Singing, delves into the history of labor. Kicking off on February 24, this program includes a musical setting of Walt Whitman’s titular poem, composed by Cantus bass Chris Foss, plus diverse works by Stacey Gibbs, Sydney Guillaume, Franz Schubert, and Stevie Wonder (amongst others).

The fourth concert program, Just my Imagination: A Motown Covers [sic], shades June with musical vibrations from songs by The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.

The 2022-2023 season concludes in July with And All the Days Were Purple, with music by Jewish and Jewish-American composers including Pulitzer Prize-nominee Alex Weiser. Weiser’s and all the days were purple, a Yiddish-language work, is a concert centerpiece that will unite Cantus’ eight vocalists with string trio, piano, vibraphone, and glockenspiel.

2022-2023 Season Calendar

Cantus Minnesota

Song of the Universal

  • Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Westminster Hall, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3 pm – Westonka Performing Arts Center, Minnetrista (NEW VENUE)
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11 am – Meetinghouse Church, Edina (formerly Colonial Church of Edina)
  • Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul
  • Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 3 pm – Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater

Christmas with Cantus: Into the Light

  • Friday, December 9, 2022 at 11 am – Westminster Hall, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Capri Theater, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3 pm – Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
  • Monday, December 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Fridley High School Auditorium, Fridley
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 11 am – Meetinghouse Church, Edina
  • Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3 pm – Hamline United Methodist Church, Saint Paul
  • Monday, December 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Westonka Performing Arts Center, Minnetrista
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, Saint Paul

I Hear America Singing

  • Friday, February 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm – Westminster Hall, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3 pm – Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul
  • Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7:30 pm – Westonka Performing Arts Center, Minnetrista
  • Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 3 pm – Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 11 am – Meetinghouse Church, Edina

Just My Imagination: A Motown Covers

  • Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 4 at 3 pm
  • Friday, June 9 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 pm

And All the Days Were Purple

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm – Antonello Hall, Minneapolis
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm – American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 11 am – Westminster Hall, Minneapolis
  • Friday, July 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm – Westminster Hall, Minneapolis

Cantus Externa

  • August 15, 2022 – Chautauqua Institution – Chautauqua, New York
  • September 16, 2022 – Goshen College Performing Arts Series – Goshen, Indiana
  • September 30, 2022 – Chippewa Valley Cultural Association – Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • October 2, 2022 – Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, Iowa
  • October 14, 2022 – Sonoma State University – Rohnert Park, California
  • October 16, 2022 – InConcert Sierra – Nevada City, California
  • November 11-12, 2022 – Juniata College – Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • November 29, 2022 – Okoboji Performing Arts – Okoboji, Iowa
  • December 1, 2022 – Hancher Auditorium/University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
  • December 2, 2022 – Civic Music Association – Des Moines, Iowa
  • December 4, 2022 – Gateway Arts Council – Sidney, Ohio
  • December 7, 2022 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Richmond, Virginia
  • February 3, 2023 – Harker Concert Series – San Jose, California
  • February 4, 2023 – San Jose State University – San Jose, California
  • February 10, 2023 – Duke Performances – Durham, North Carolina
  • March 4, 2023 – Huntsville Chamber Music Guild – Huntsville, Alabama
  • March 11, 2023 – Miami University of Ohio – Oxford, Ohio
  • March 17, 2023 – Albion College – Albion, Michigan
  • April 21, 2023 – Pawling Concert Series – Pawling, New York
  • April 23, 2023 – First United Methodist – Shreveport, Louisiana
  • April 30, 2023 – Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, Massachusetts
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