Cantus Performs at Village Chapel
Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
This sentiment directly relates to a special concert by the all-male vocal ensemble Cantus, titled "On the Shoulders of Giants," to be presented on Monday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst, as part of the Arts Council of Moore County's Classical Concert Series.
Tickets are $25 each and are available for purchase at The Village Chapel, which is located at 10 Azalea Ave., Pinehurst. The phone number is (910) 295-6003.
Tickets are also available at the Arts Council, in Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, by calling (910) 692-2787 or by emailing acmc@ mooreart.org.
"On the Shoulders of Giants" will focus on artists who have left an indelible mark in music with works that are both timeless and instantly recognizable.
The concert features masterworks by composers and writers who have inspired the ensemble and continue to inspire each generation of new musicians.
From Schubert to McCartney and Lennon, Cantus will make The Village Chapel sing with glorious choral masterpieces.
Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.
Not only has their collaborative efforts made them known worldwide for their trademark warmth and blend, but they are the recipient of numerous awards, including Chorus America's highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2009.
Cantus performs more than 70 concerts each year touring both nationally and internationally, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Past performances have taken Cantus to the stages of the Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Vail Valley Music Festival, and New York's Merkin Concert Hall.
Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Boston Pops, James Sewell Ballet and the Minnesota Orchestra.
The ensemble is heard frequently on public radio, including "Performance Today," and was twice featured on recent performances on "A Prairie Home Companion," with Garrison Keillor.
Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master classes and workshops across the country.
While in Moore County, they will provide a master class for the choral students at Pinecrest High School, under the direction of Erin Plisco.
"To complete your concert evening, take advantage of a special pre-concert dinner at The Jefferson Inn of Southern Pines," says Chris Dunn, executive director of the Arts Council. "For just $38 per person (tax and gratuity included), The Jefferson Inn will serve a delicious meal in an elegant and historical setting."
Dinner reservations are required and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at (910) 692-2787.
The remaining two concerts in the Classical Concert Series will be presented at the Sunrise Theater, and they include the Borealis Wind Quintet on Monday, Feb. 11, and an all-Beethoven concert featuring violinist Paul Huang and pianist Louis Schwizgebel on Monday, March 18. Tickets for these concerts are also $25 each.
For additional information on the Classical Concert Series, call (910)692-2787, or visit www.mooreart.org.
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