Cantus, “All Is Calm”

Tickets | Thursday | December 6 | 2012 | 7:30 P.M.

Cantus, which appeared in Newman Center Presents’ first season, returns with a program that was an audience favorite in our 2009-10 season, inspired by actual historical events during the First World War on Christmas, 1914.  Out of the violence came a silence, then a song.  A young German soldier stepped into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht (Silent Night).  Thus began an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and brief peace.  Re-live this remarkable true story through the words and songs of the men who lived it.  This collaboration between Cantus and Theater Latté Da is done in the style of a radio musical drama.  After intermission, Cantus will sing traditional holiday fare.

Recognized as one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours, concerts in its home of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, educational outreach programs, and recording. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” The ensemble is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music, and pop.