Cantus and Eric Whitacre Headline Choral Concerts

October 9, 2015

The NDSU Challey School of Music is pleased to announce two upcoming public concerts featuring Cantus, the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States, and internationally acclaimed composer/conductor Eric Whitacre. The concerts are part of Contemporary Composition in America, a choral symposium organized by NDSU, the American Choral Directors Association and the American Composers Forum.

Cantus, the popular nine-member vocal ensemble appears on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in NDSU's Festival Concert Hall. The group will perform their new touring program, The Four Loves, exploring romantic, familial, friendly and unconditional love. The performance features composers as diverse as Whitacre, Beethoven and Bobby McFerrin, paired with newly commissioned works exploring each of the four loves by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, Roger Treece, Joseph Gregori and Ysaye Barnwell. Matt Tintes, a baritone with the group for more than six years, is a native of Casselton, N.D., and a music education graduate from NDSU.

Eric Whitacre will conduct NDSU choral ensembles on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Festival Concert Hall, performing his works and those of other notable composers in attendance at the symposium. Whitacre is a Grammy-winning American composer, conductor and speaker, known for his choral, orchestral and wind ensemble music. His four "Virtual Choir" projects have brought together thousands of individual voices from around the globe into an online choir, collectively generating more than 15 million views on Youtube.

Tickets for each concert are $10 for students and $25 for adults, and are available online at the NDSU Box Office or by calling (701) 231-7969.

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