The Brownville Concert Series is thrilled to present Cantus, “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare Magazine). They will perform in concert on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. and in concert Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. John and Mary Lauber and 3M’s of Stella are helping to sponsor these concerts.
Cantus will be performing their show, “No Greater Love Than This”. The program addresses camaraderie, bravery, honor, elation, loss, longing – words in common to all soldiers in times of both peace and war; and emotions shared between loved ones at home and across entire nations. Cantus delves into the bonds that have defined those willing to lay down their lives for others with repertoire by Lee Hoiby, Bob Chilcott, William Billings, John Lennon, rarely performed songs for men’s voices by Dvořák and Janáček, and a new commission by Jeff Beal (House of Cards).
Before the performance begins Bill Hessler, of the Nemaha County Veterans Service, will be giving a brief tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. He will reflect on his own personal experience and of those who served in the military and law enforcement.
THE ARTISTS OF CANTUS
Tenors: Jacob Christopher, Zachary Colby, Adam Fieldson, Paul Scholtz
Baritones: David Geist, Matthew Goinz
Basses: Chris Foss, Samuel Green
CANTUS: INSPIRING THROUGH SONG
The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.
As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, 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. This collaborative work style allows Cantus to be flexible, adaptive and ready to embrace new ideas. The performance—whether in a recording or in a live concert—is one that would be entirely impossible without the artistic involvement of the entire ensemble.
Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on classical and public radio nationwide as regular guests on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and on Performance Today. Cantus has released 17 full-length recordings as well as the recent EP Anthem on the group’s self-titled label. They also maintain a rich collection of live recordings on both their Soundcloud and YouTube pages.
Concert tickets are $20 ($16 for students).  To purchase tickets online go to www.brownvilleconcertseries.com or call 402-825-3331. Stay overnight at the River Inn Resort and get a 10% discount on tickets. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Lyceum before the shows by calling 402-825-1222. The Nebraska Arts Council (www.nebraskaartscouncil.org), a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.