Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. “Cantus is about more than stylistic accuracy. Their performances speak to the soul” (StarTribune). Cantus will perform selections from their new touring program titled Discovery of Sight, where they explore light as an integral part of life. Discovery of Sight taps into the universal experience of each person’s own sunrise or twilight hour, and moments in life when we suddenly look at the world in a new way. At its heart, Discovery of Sight revels in the mystery, science, and poetry of what it means to truly see.
Discovery of Sight features masterpieces like Richard Strauss’ “Traumlicht” (Dream Light) and Franz Schubert’s “Die Nacht” (The Night) alongside modern works including Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” (Light and Gold), Einojuhani Rautavaara's “The Morning Comes,” and a world premiere: “Coffee with Borges,” by Gabriel Kahane – commissioned by Cantus with a grant from the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and funded by the American Composers Forum.
“The most striking thing about the nine-voice male a cappella group Cantus is how much heart they put into their singing” (Opera News). Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus perform as chamber musicians. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year in national and international tours, and has released 17 albums on its self-titled label. Past performances have brought Cantus to the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.