Sep 302019

Cantabile is sad to announce that we are postponing our May concert, Listen to the Future. Although a difficult and disappointing decision, we made it with the understanding that it is the right thing to do given current concerns for public health and safety — and as a gesture of caring for those in our community.

We will, instead, open our next season with Listen to the Future. Our preparations are already underway for this unique and forward-looking concert. The concert will feature world premieres from two Boulder-area high school students. They have been working closely with celebrated Denver composer Kevin Padworski this winter, preparing and refining their original pieces. When we resume rehearsals, Cantabile will be giving these pieces their first ever read-through. We look forward to presenting these pieces to you, along with music by Padworski, choir member Margaret Friesen, and Denver-area composer Misty Dupuis, as well as other local and national composers.

Thank you to those of you who have financially supported this concert. We are so appreciative that you have joined us in encouraging the newest voices of Boulder’s choral community.

We will announce our plans for rescheduling this concert when we are able to do so. Over the coming months, we will stay in touch with updates and information about our Listen to the Future program, as well as plans for our season ahead.

Our hearts go out to all the artists and organizations that have been working to keep arts and music alive and vibrant in Boulder County, and who have had to cancel and postpone performances, workshops and rehearsals. Please consider supporting local arts organizations and local musicians with donations during this difficult time. You can do so through the Musicians Relief Fund, set up by the Boulder County Arts Alliance at

Brian Stone, Music Director

Cantabile Board members

Brian StoneOur 2019-20 season focuses on the ways music can remind and bring us comfort and solace. Our November concerts highlight music and texts that ask our audience to consider memories and locales from our lives that we look to for strength to continue through difficult times. Our February performances feature the Brahms Requiem, a piece that is meant to comfort those who grieve when loved ones pass. Our final performances in May include new works created by Boulder area high-school musicians. These concerts demonstrate that all ages can partake in the universal language of expression found when music and poetry unite.

—Brian Stone, music director
Sep 042019

19 March 2020: Listen to the Future performances have been postponed. Please join our mailing list to be apprised of the new concert dates once they are set.

Brian Stone, music director
Stella Pradeau, piano

Five years ago, the Pasadena Master Chorale began a program that mentors and encourages high school-aged students to compose choral music. This year, their program will enter its sixth year, and has inspired Cantabile to do the same. Our final concert of the season will feature world premieres from new high school-aged composers of Boulder. Their voices are those that will frame and develop our future. In preparation for the performance they will be mentored by Kevin Padworski, celebrated Denver composer, Director of Vocal Music at the Colorado Academy, and Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale. The program will also include music by Padworski and CU composition professor Cecil Effinger, plus other local composers. In addition, Boulder’s choral past will be lifted up as we celebrate the music of those on whom our young composers’ futures rest. Come join us as we listen as we welcome the newest voices of Boulder’s choral community.