Nov 072016
 

Fall 2016This year, the United States goes through a ritual that for some is a time of hope and expectation, and for others a time of despair and stress. For all, it is an important moment to better understand the issues facing our time and country. With this ritual, the Presidential election, as a backdrop, we offer you a moment to step back and experience selections from our choral music history as a country. The repertoire will span our country’s choral heritage, and includes William Billings’ 1770 patriotic anthem Chester, choral music composed from and inspired by Native North American traditions, and arrangements of numerous folk songs and spirituals that highlight the cultural diversity of our country’s population. We hope you’ll join us for a musical break from the debate and intense rhetoric of the election season to enjoy a snapshot of the United States’ choral heritage.

Among Boulder’s numerous choral ensembles, the Cantabile Singers have always occupied an interesting niche. Cantabile is a community choir, but on a smaller scale than the Boulder Chorale and more akin to that ensemble’s chamber subgroup. Its singers are polished and experienced, and there is a continual push for quality both in performance and repertoire.

Boulder Daily Camera, November 11th, 2016

Feb 172016
 

Cantabile presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem for chorus and orchestra. Written between the two World Wars, with texts from three poems by Walt Whitman, the Bible, and the Catholic Mass, Dona Nobis Pacem is a powerful and moving plea for peace.

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‘Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall make them afraid, neither shall the sword go through their land.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go into them.
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled; and let them hear, and say, it is the truth.
And it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues.
And they shall come and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and they shall declare my glory among the nations.
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, so shall your seed and your name remain for ever.’

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.

— Adapted from Micah iv. 3, Leviticus xxvi. 6, Psalms lxxxv. 10, and cxviii. 19, Isaiah xliii. 9, and lxvi. 18-22, and Luke ii. 14
Dec 092015
 

Join Cantabile in a collaboration with the Firehouse Art Center of Longmont as we present “Songs from the Land.” The concert is a choral extension of Firehouse’s recent exhibition Fresh: Art+Farm, a collection of artwork by 40 local artists inspired by 14 local farms. On Friday, February 5, Cantabile performs at the newly constructed Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum and on Sunday, February 7 at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder.

Cantabile will present repertoire featuring selections from Frostiana by Randall Thompson, Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, and Make our Garden Grow, the choral finale from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Works by Jake Runestad and Daniel Elder, two newer names on the American choral music scene, will also be included. Accompanying the music will be a visual presentation of the photographs from the participating FRESH farms. In addition, selected original pieces from Fresh: Art+Farm will be displayed in the Stewart Auditorium Gallery.

Please join us for this unique celebration of nature, community, art and music.