February 8, 4pm
Cor Cantiamo and Carroll Choir
Shattuck Music Center
Centaur Records recording artist Cor Cantiamo presents Inspirited: A Choral Concert Exploring the Divine, a program designed to explore composers' efforts to understand the divine and create beauty in the world. Carroll University Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Seth Houston, will also present several works.
Through appearances at professional conventions, world premieres, recordings, and collaborations with America's leading composers, Cor Cantiamo is quickly receiving acclaim as a premier vocal ensemble noted for their exceptional musicality and range of emotional and musical content, presenting "choral artistry at its finest."
During the concert, you will be taken on a musical journey exploring everything from contemporary voices of American composers Abbie Betinis, Jake Runestad, and Timothy Takach, to the poignant lamentations of Thomas Weelkes, and poetry set by Brahms, Hindemith and Stanford.
The concert will take place at Carroll University's Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8. The concert is free and open to the public; a goodwill offering will be accepted.
What others are saying:
"Cor Cantiamo is an outstanding chamber choir and a committed champion of contemporary choral music. Under the baton of Eric Johnson the ensemble brilliantly performed several of my most challenging works, including the Madrigali: Six "FireSongs" on Italian Renaissance Poems. Maestro Johnson and Cor Cantiamo represent choral artistry at its finest and it was a distinct privilege to participate with this gifted conductor and splendid choir in concert."
NEA-Designated "American Choral Master"
Recipient, 2007 National Medal of Arts
"Eric Johnson gave an inspired, carefully considered and above all dramatically convincing reading of my commissioned piece 'Alarum Bells' at its premiere. Cor Cantiamo is a relatively new but ambitious ensemble representing the kind of professional excellence in choral music examples of which are few and far between."
Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Composer
About Cor Cantiamo
Cor Cantiamo (www.corcantiamo.org) was founded with the mission to perform and promote contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form, and is a touring chamber choir in residence at Northern Illinois University. Since their inception in the spring of 2009, the choir has emerged as an energetic and accomplished vocal ensemble, receiving accolades for their performances. Morten Lauridsen, has praised the ensemble for presenting "choral artistry at its finest." In August 2014 Centaur Records released Cor Cantiamo's first commercial album, Canticum: Choral Music of Jaakko Mantyjarvi. Maestro Mantyjarvi participated in all of the recording sessions and commended Cor Cantiamo as representing "professional excellence in choral music, examples of which are few and far between." In the summer of 2014 Cor Cantiamo recorded with Abby Road Studio Grammy Award winning engineers for their second album, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.
Cor Cantiamo recently performed at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Convention 2014 in Cincinnati, OH to great critical acclaim and subsequently has been invited to appear as the featured professional choir for the Michigan Choral Directors Association State Conference in October 2015. In partnership with Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., Cor Cantiamo will present two premieres in 2014, the U.S. premiere of Bless The Lord by Ukrainian-born composer Galina Grigorjev, and the world premiere of Psalm 30 by Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon. Forthcoming commission projects for Cor Cantiamo include collaborations with the foremost choral composers of our time including James Whitbourn, Timothy Takach, and Jake Runestad.
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