OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego will present the award-winning Cantus men’s vocal ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, after the group shares its expertise with chorale members at Oswego High School and Middle School.
Cantus, widely know for appearances on radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” will conduct vocal workshops Thursday, Jan. 31, with the school district’s Chamber Singers and Eighth Grade Chorus.
“Cantus is a perfect community guest,” said John Shaffer, director of performing arts presenting at SUNY Oswego. “The singers are consummate performers, and they’re passionate about making choral music a part of people’s lives.”
Each year, the nationally touring ensemble works with over 5,000 student singers through workshops, master classes and school performances. Across all levels of musical familiarity and expertise, students in these programs hone their skills and gain firsthand insight into the nature of careers in the arts.
“Working with Cantus will be an inspirational opportunity for our vocal students,” said Paul Brewster, coordinator of the Arts in Education Program for the Oswego City School District. “It’s rare to hear and work with singers and musicians of this caliber.”
Cantus’ performance on the SUNY Oswego campus, part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series, will give all concertgoers an opportunity to hear what has been called “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” The group draws from nine centuries of musical material, moving from Gregorian chant to Lennon and McCartney.
The group has received numerous awards, including Chorus America’s highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, as well as its Education Outreach Award. The latest of its 15 recordings, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” was released in October. Selections from that CD — covering a thousand years of repertoire, from plainchant to contemporary composers and popular songwriters — will be featured in the Oswego concert.
Tickets for the Cantus Vocal Ensemble concert cost $25 ($20 for seniors ages 60 and over, youths 17 and under and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students).
Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.
Parking is included in the price of the ticket for this concert, in Lot 6, in front of Culkin Hall, or Lot 18, the southern end of the large parking area behind Hart and Funnelle residence halls.