Cantus to appear at Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music at the Barns on Friday, March 27 at 8pm



Anthem, the ensemble’s 2014-2015 national touring program, explores the question of why people sing together with new pieces by Rosephanye Powell and Stephen Caracciolo.

On Friday, March 27th, the men’s vocal chamber ensemble Cantus will make their Wolf Trap debut in a performance of Anthem - their “intellectually and emotionally engaging” (Star Tribune) program exploring the traditions and customs of singing throughout the world, with specific emphasis on when and why people sing together.

“Anthems are an expression of identity and create a way for communities to show support for a cause, belief, a heritage, or even a sports team,” says Cantus tenor Aaron Humble. “If you have once sung a song in a group, that music forever after will conjure the emotions of that moment for you: pride, identity, unity.”

The program includes songs from various cultures and traditions asking the question: When we gather together, how does singing help us celebrate, help us inspire, or help us heal? Anthem features works ranging from the Hebrew Burial Kaddish to the African American work song, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” to works by Kodály, Holst, Verdi, Janáček and Tallis. Two new pieces commissioned for the program include “When We Sing” by Rosephanye Powell, inspired by the recent findings that people’s heartbeats start to synch when they sing together; and an arrangement of “How Can I Keep From Singing” from Stephen Caracciolo, who previously arranged “Simple Gifts” for the group.

About Cantus

Considered “The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of their music-making. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label. Each year the artists of Cantus share their own love of singing with thousands of students through workshops and master classes to ensure the future of choral arts. To learn more about Cantus visit:

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Cantus performs Anthem 
Friday, March 27 at 8 pm
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Anthem Repertoire

Why We Sing Together
Robert W. Lowry (arr. Stephen Caracciolo): How Can I Keep From Singing
Songs Sung during Work
O. Shimizu: Mogami gawa funa uta
Michael McGlynn: Dulaman
Joseph Brackett (arr. Stephen Caracciolo): Simple Gifts
Songs Sung in Prayer
Perotin the Great: Sederunt
Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me
Gustav Holst: Thaxted (‘Jupiter’, from The Planets)
Leos Janáček: Ave Maria
Songs of War and Protest
Mamia Khatelishvili: Khorumi (Georgian War Dance)
Veljo Tormis: An Aboriginal Song
A War/Protest Suite (arr. Chris Foss)
Robert De Cormier: Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Giuseppe Verdi: Va Pensiero, from Nabucco
E Papä Waiari (Maori Stick Game)
Songs Known Throughout these Countries
Nkosi sikelel i’Afrika (Pan-African Hymn)
Zoltan Kodály: Esti Dal
Trad. Australian, arr. Stephen Leek: Waltzing Matilda
Traditional Irish (arr. Flummerfelt): Danny Boy
Songs of Ceremony and Gathering
Stephen Hatfield: Tjak!
Burial Kaddish (Hebrew Funeral Rite)
AR Rahman, arr. Sperry: Wedding Qawwali
Sheer Joy of Singing Together
Croatian Klapas – Grlice; Smiljaniću
Barbershop Harmony Society: Keep America Singing
Rosephanye Powell: When We Sing
Rodgers & Hammerstein (arr. Foss): You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)