Kantorei, Songs of Love & Nature, May 1

Date and Time of Concert or Event: 
May 1, 2016 - 4:00pm

Concert / Event Announcement Details

Kantorei, the Minnesota-based a cappella choral ensemble, will perform their spring concerts: Songs of Love and Nature, 7:30 p.m., April 30, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Rd 19, Excelsior, and 4 p.m., May 1, at Saint Paul Seminary, Chapel of Saint Mary, 2260 Summit Ave., Saint Paul.

Kantorei’s Season 28, Music from Many Lands, has featured pieces from around the globe, with selections from Australia, Africa, Europe, and America.

The spring program promotes Kantorei’s mission to feature music by German and Austrian 19th and 20th century composers, whose choral music is not as well known in the United States (Josef Rheinberger, George Schumann, Max Reger). The program also includes original compositions and arrangements by 20th-21st century composers from around the world.

·         Alberto Grau, Venezuela (“Kasar Mie La Gaji”)

·         Kim André Arnesen, Norway (“Child of Song”)

·         Andrew March, Great Britain (“How Long, O Lord?”)

·         Matthew Orlovich, Australia (“Araluen”)

·         Michael Barrett, South Africa (“Umahlalela”)

Returning on the program is David Evan Thomas’ setting of Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart,” the first in a set of “Three Psalms,” which received its world premiere at last fall’s Kantorei Audience Appreciation concert. Thomas dedicated the set to Kantorei.

Completing the program are two motets by Maurice Duruflé, Bobby McFerrin’s “Psalm 23” and several Austrian folksong arrangements. A new composition by Artistic Director Axel Theimer, “If I can stop one heart” (Emily Dickinson), will be premiered.

“Our ensemble of 36 voices is a conduit for the music,” Theimer said. “We invite people to join our journey around the globe and experience with us the wonderful world of music.”

Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.kantorei.net. For more information and group sales, please visit www.kantorei.net or call 612-21-SINGS (612-217-4647).  To encourage youth participation in choral activities, Kantorei provides free rush tickets to high school students.

About Kantorei

Kantorei is one of the premier choral ensembles in Minnesota. Kantorei’s singers have set a standard in Minnesota for rich and effortless choral sound. The choir’s approach to singing – with an integral focus on vocal freedom and health – allows the singers to communicate the emotional and expressive content of music and text with natural beauty. Kantorei’s special reputation for interpreting European choral music, including seldom-heard Romantic pieces, sacred masterworks, and Austrian and German folk melodies, is drawn from the heritage of founder Axel Theimer. The ensemble’s website is www.kantorei.net.