2016-2017 CONCERT SEASON
April 29, 2017 – LULLABY OF BROADWAY
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble rolls out the red carpet as we serve up an incredible feast and present the music of Broadway. You’ll hear music from some of the greatest shows of all time.
Full chorus pieces as well as special solo and small group numbers will be featured as you enjoy an evening of scrumptious food, fine wine, an exciting silent auction, and mingling with the chorus members.
March 4 and 5, 2017 – TO THEE WE SING
Join us as we celebrate some of the great pieces of western choral music.
John Rutter’s “REQUIEM” was written in 1985 in memory of the composer’s father. It is an intimate composition that weaves together vernacular texts with traditional Latin sections from the Missa pro
defunctis. The work is simply gorgeous, uplifting, and full of “goose bump” moments.
Leonard Bernstein’s “CHICHESTER PSALMS” are a compelling blend of his signature Broadway style withlyrical, intimate settings of three complete psalms in their original Hebrew. Bernstein used music that had been cut from “West Side Story”, as well as material he had composed for a musical adaptation of
Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” (never completed). The overall mood alternates joyful
exuberance with moments of violent frenzy and tender entreaties for peace.
Benjamin Britten’s “REJOICE IN THE LAMB” takes its text from Christopher Smart, who in 1756 was in a madhouse when he wrote the poem “Jubilate Agno” (“Rejoice In The Lamb”). Britten befittingly encapsulates the poem’s half-mad and delightfully religious spirit, progressing from a quiet beginning to a jubilant series of “Let” verses that invite man and beast to come before the Lord.
December 2, 3 and 4, 2016 – REJOICE AND BE MERRY
REJOICE AND BE MERRY brings together traditional arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in the holidays.
Featured works include three selections by British composer John Rutter: “REJOICE AND BE MERRY,” “ALL BELLS IN PARADISE,” and “GLORIA.” A favorite of choristers and audiences alike, Rutter’s three-movement “GLORIA” is touching and thrilling, alternating soaring vocal lines with contemporary harmonies, catchy rhythms, and the power of organ, brass octet and percussion.
Rounding out the program is a selection of shorter pieces from Renaissance polyphony to modern-day close harmony, as well as familiar carols and traditional arrangements. Also included are “VERBUM CARO FACTUM EST” by Dan Forrest, and Julian Wachner’s “THE SNOW LAY ON THE GROUND.”
Cantaré is often invited to perform at various functions in the Seattle area, and may be booked for private events. To inquire about including Cantaré in your next special occasion, please contact conductor Mark Adrian at 206-367-5667 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Please check back regularly for additional information about our other performances during this season.