Oct 302017
 
The "Other" Side of Love

So often, love songs celebrate the deepest unconditional and undying qualities of love, but we’re choosing to throw that mushy stuff out the window. Instead let us consider the music and texts that emphasize the silly, flirtatious, and darker sides of love. In particular, we will feature selections from Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder, a collection of waltzes set for chorus and four-hand piano whose texts focus on the stormy and torrid side of love. When you’ve grown tired of the sappy love that Valentine’s Day celebrates, come hear some wonderful music about the ‘other’ sides of love.

In addition to the performances listed below, Cantabile will present an abbreviated selection of these pieces as part of the Boulder Public Library Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series on February 20th at 12:00 pm.

Fall 2017 | Knowledge & Enlightenment

 Posted by on Wednesday, September 13, 2017  2017-2018 Season, Past Concerts
Sep 132017
 

Cantabile’s first concert of the season is inspired not by the season of the year, or by any specific composer or poet, but solely by our venues: the Boulder Public Library and the Longmont Museum. Libraries and museums are gathering places for the community and a repository of literature, philosophy and knowledge from all spheres of study. The music of our performance features poetry and texts inspired by these ideas and comes from throughout music history. From Shakespearean sonnets to pieces inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, our selections promise something for everyone. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the sharing of knowledge and enlightenment that our libraries and museums represent.

In addition to the performances listed below, Cantabile will present an abbreviated, sensory-friendly selection of these pieces as part of the Boulder Public Library Concert Series on November 18th at 2:00 pm.

Nov 072016
 

Spring 2017Leonard Bernstein is celebrated as the composer of masterworks such as West Side Story, Candide, and Mass. Standing easily next to these works is his Chichester Psalms, composed in 1965 for a festival at Chichester Cathedral. Cantabile’s performance of this work will feature the reduced orchestration arrangement for Organ, Harp, and Percussion. Bernstein set six of the psalms in the three movements of the Chichester Psalms. Also on the program will be other settings of the same psalms that Bernstein used. This concert is sure to be full of variety and fascinating comparisons based around one of the United States’ most celebrated composers.

Nov 072016
 

Winter 2017With this concert, Groundhog Day will have just passed, and with it the debate about when Winter will finally come to an end. Winter’s Passing will try to musically illustrate the transition from Winter to the often more highly regarded season, Spring. The centerpiece of this program is Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, a cycle of five pieces that highlight our phenomenal pianist, Stella Pradeau. Other featured composers include John Rutter and Paul Hindemith. Come reflect on the season that has passed, and think on the season that is to come.

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

Spring 2016 | Dona Nobis Pacem

 Posted by on Wednesday, February 17, 2016  2015-2016 Season, Past Concerts
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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Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona nobis pacem.