The professional male vocal ensemble Cantus will be in residence at Doane Monday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium. All are invited to hear this fine group, which tours nationally and internationally.
Doane's Doublewide ensemble and six high school choirs will sing and clinic with the group. The performance at Doane follows Cantus' concert at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.
According to its Web site, Cantus' repertoire spans many periods and genres, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary works, art songs, folk music, spirituals, and pop. The ensemble has commissioned several new works, including Two Laments on Dylan Thomas by Kenneth Jennings, Songs from Matengo Folk Tales by Peter Hamlin, A True Heart is Waiting by Edie Hill, and Journey to Sekhet-Aanru: Four Ancient Egyptian Magic Rituals by Mike McFerron commissioned through the American Composers Forum. In addition to these commissions, much of Cantus' music is composed and arranged by its members.
In accordance with its founding mission statement, Cantus is an active proponent of music education, encouraging people of all ages - especially young men - to sing. Its members are frequent clinicians at festivals, schools and universities throughout the country. Presently, Cantus is the resident artist at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.