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.


‘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.

Sep 202015

Celebrating Women in Song is a look at women’s influence on choral music, whether as composer, patron, or muse. The centerpiece will be Benjamin Britten’s celebrated Hymn to St. Cecilia. The concert will also feature madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana, a book of English madrigals assembled in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, as well as excerpts from the Gartenlieder of celebrated German composer Fanny Hansel. Other highlights include works by Holy Minimalist composers John Tavener and Henryk Gorecki, music by Gwyneth Walker, and a choral representation of a pagan fertility rite. Without women, none of us would be here, so please come and join us in this wonderful celebration!