LEWISBURG — Vocal ensemble Cantus, celebrated as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States," will perform in concert tonight, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The ensemble will be joined by special guests, the Bucknell Men's Choir. The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods Retirement Community.
Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
As one of the nation's few full-time men's ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.
The Washington Post has hailed the ensemble's sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power" and refers to its music making as "spontaneous grace." Cantus performs more than 70 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Past performances have brought the group to the stages of the Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and New York's Merkin Concert Hall. During the 203 season, Cantus makes its first trip to the Middle East with appearances in Muscat, Oman and Dubai, along with performances in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth among numerous other North American engagements.
The ensemble is heard frequently on public radio including "Performance Today's" annual Thanksgiving program "Thanksgiving with Cantus," and two recent performances on "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor.
Cantus has released 15 albums on its own self-titled label, each to considerable acclaim. The recipient of numerous awards, including Chorus America's highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009), as well as Chorus America's Education Outreach Award (2011), Cantus was the 2010-11 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media's "Performance Today."