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.

Aug 242019
Brian Stone, music director
Harumi Shiraishi, piano
Melanie Lawrence, piano
Anna Montgomery, soprano
Adam Ewing, baritone

Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem was first premiered in 1867. After revisions and the addition of a seventh movement, it was premiered again in 1868 as we know it today. This choral-orchestral masterwork has been performed consistently for its 150-year history and still resonates with audiences. Cantabile is honored to be the featured chorus for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance on February 23rd, 2020. In addition, Cantabile will be performing the four-hand piano version that was arranged by Brahms himself two weeks in advance on February 9th, 2020 at First Congregational Church of Boulder. Known often as a “Requiem for the living,” the scripture was chosen by Brahms to comfort those that the dead leave behind. In a letter to the conductor of one of the Requiem’s premieres, Brahms is noted as saying he wished it to be renamed to “A Human Requiem” for he hoped that all humanity, not just Germans, might take solace in its music and text. We hope to see you for either, or both, of these performances in February.

Anna Montgomery, soprano

Anna Montgomery is a lyric soprano establishing her career on the operatic and concert stage. In her recently completed graduate studies at Michigan State University, Ms. Montgomery sought to expand and diversify her performance capabilities. In addition to performing the roles of Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), and Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), she performed and produced a fully staged production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice. This production, put on in collaboration with the Advanced Studies Gateway at the FRIB, reinterpreted the classic myth to reflect the journey of love, loss, healing and beauty experienced by survivors of the #MeToo movement. In addition to these and multiple recitals, she has appeared in master classes with renowned artists including Renée Fleming, Richard Bonynge, Lenore Rosenberg, and Terri Hansen. Ms. Montgomery’s concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah with the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem, as well as with MSU’s contemporary music series, Musique 21.

Adam Ewing, baritone

Lyric baritone Adam Ewing is an Affiliate Professor of Voice at Regis University. He made his operatic debut as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Loveland Opera, and his orchestral debut as the lead of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man with the Colorado Symphony. He has appeared as Bernardo and Officer Krupke (West Side Story), the Kaiser (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Schaunard (La Boheme), the Celebrant (Bernstein’s Mass), John Brooke (Little Women), among others. He was the chorus master for several Boulder Bach Festival productions, including the B minor Mass, and regularly performs with Central City Opera’s Touring Artists, as well as teaching, coaching, and accompanying singers. Mr. Ewing has performed the baritone solos in Fauré’s Requiem across the country. He has also sung the solos in the Messiah, both the Brahms and Duruflé Requiems, and Vaughan Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs and Dona nobis pacem, which he performed at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Aug 152019
Brian Stone, music director
Stella Pradeau, piano
Claire McCahan, mezzo-soprano
Altius Quartet

In times of emotional highs and lows, we all seek places of comfort and refuge. Whether they be physical places, nostalgic memories from our past, or a steadfast solitude within, we return to these places to find solace, calm, and joy. Cantabile’s first concert of this season will explore music that brings us to those places. With a program that pays tribute to the places that are sacred, personal, and nostalgic, to real locations of natural beauty and to places that define our pasts and present, Cantabile hopes you will join us for a night of stirring artistry. The concert will feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill that sets Dylan Thomas’s evocative text of a beautiful childhood nearly forgotten for choir, mezzo soprano solo, strings and and piano.

Along with Cantabile’s own phenomenal Stella Pradeau on the piano, Cantabile is thrilled to be joined by the acclaimed Altius Quartet to play Corigliano’s Fern Hill as well as a selection of their own. This varied program will also include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Claudio Monteverdi, Johannes Brahms, and twenty-first century composers Joan Szymko, Dale Trumbore, Ola Gjeilo, and Shawn Kirchner. Come join us for a program that asks you to remember and consider the places we return to throughout our lives.