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Cantus members stand as a group in casual clothes.


Perfect Harmony

A Fanfare critic calls Cantus “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” One of America’s few full-time men’s ensembles, Cantus (con-toose) is known worldwide for its trademark warmth, exceptional vocal blend, and engaging performances of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. A Washington Post reviewer hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and describes its singing as “spontaneous grace.” The chorus regularly commissions new works and has released fifteen albums. The ensemble is a frequent guest on public radio, including Performance Today’s annual “Thanksgiving with Cantus” and two performances on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Artist website: Cantus

1Project Events

State College Area High School Visit

10 a.m. Monday, March 31
State College Area High School

Not open to the public

The members of Cantus will meet with three State College Area High School vocal ensembles—Master Singers, Chamber Singers, and Only Men Aloud—for performance, coaching, and discussion. Robert Drafall, director of choirs at State College Area High School, leads the 90-minute session.

Binaural Recording

1:30 p.m. Monday, March 31
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Eisenhower Chapel

Not open to the public

Cantus collaborates with faculty and students in the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics on a binaural recording. The recording, made with microphones at the ear positions of a life-sized dummy head, documents spatial perception artifacts. Students in the Graduate Program in Acoustics, the School of Theatre’s Sound Design Program, the School of Music’s Music Technology Program, and Center for the Performing Arts production staff members are invited to observe the recording. Victor Sparrow, professor of acoustics, leads the 90-minute session.

Exchange Performance with Essence of Joy

3:30 p.m. Monday, March 31
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Worship Hall

The public is invited to observe as Penn State choral ensemble Essence of Joy shares its music with Cantus. Anthony Leach, professor of music and Essence of Joy director, leads the 60-minute event.

Penn State Glee Club Coaching

4:40 p.m. Monday, March 31
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Worship Hall

The public is invited to observe as the members of Cantus coach the Penn State Glee Club. Christopher Kiver, director of choral activities at Penn State, leads the 80-minute session.

Classical Coffeehouse

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

8 p.m. Monday, March 31
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

The final Classical Coffeehouse of the 2013–2014 season features a performance by and discussion with Cantus. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, including cookies and coffee, and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

A Place for Us

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Cantus makes its Penn State debut in a program titled A Place for Us, which reminds audiences that even in our increasingly complex and diverse nation, we share many common values — the desire for individual freedom, hard work, spirituality, family, and, most importantly, a place to call home. This celebration of our national identity includes “The Finlandia Hymn” by Jean Sibelius, a Judith Herrington and Gail Woodside arrangement of the traditional song “Lakota Wiyanki,” “Anthem: Lamentation Over Boston” by William Billings, the Appalachian folk song “Pretty Saro,” “Gravedigger” by Dave Matthews, Evy Lucio’s arrangement of the traditional Mexican song “El Pajarito Cu,” “Ain’ Got Time to Die,” by Hall Johnson, “Simple Gifts” by Joseph Brackett, and “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)” by Leonard Bernstein.

Adult $42  |  University Park Student $12  |  18 and Younger $32

general admission seating

Tickets are available for purchase at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the evening of the performance, but only cash or checks can be accepted at the concert venue.

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Pasquerilla. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.


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No Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before the Cantus concert.

Seeking Sonic Space: Science and Serendipity

1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2
Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Titelman Study

The public is invited attend a blended program event with the artists of Cantus. This event includes a conversation on the intersections of sound, music and physics. Following the discussion, Cantus will assist Ivyside Pride, a Penn State Altoona choral ensemble, and community members in an open rehearsal workshop. Gary Weisel, professor of physics at Penn State Altoona, and Steven Knell, Emerging Artist in Residence and conductor of Ivyside Pride, lead the two-hour session.

An Evening with Cantus

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2
Penn State Altoona
Edith Davis Eve Chapel

The 60-minute concert, a celebration of American identity, includes “The Finlandia Hymn” by Jean Sibelius, the traditional song “Lakota Wiyanki,” “Anthem: Lamentation Over Boston” by William Billings, “Gravedigger” by Dave Matthews, the traditional song “El Pajarito Cu,” and “Ain’ Got Time to Die” by Hall Johnson.

Free tickets, required for the evening event, are available at the Misciagna Box Office, Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, phone the box office at 814-949-5452.

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