Tickets for Kantorei's 2014-2015 Concert Season are now on sale! In what promises to be another incredible year of choral music, Kantorei will present four separate concert series under the direction of new Artistic Director Joel Rinsema. You will not want to miss it!
We look forward to seeing you at a concert this season!
Join Kantorei for an incredible season of choral music! Our new Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema, has prepared a memorable season that you are sure to love:
Colorful Colorado, featuring the photography of John Fielder
October 11, 2014
2:00pm and 7:30pm
Through sight and sound, we depict the grandiose splendor of our wonderful state. Celebrated photographer John Fielder joins Kantorei for this once in a life time experience. We’ll sing about our majestic trees and mountains, some cowboy songs, and enjoy familiar favorites by Colorado’s adopted son and poet laureate, John Denver -all performed to the gorgeous art of John Fielder.
A Ceremony of Carols
December 12, 2014, 7:30pm
December 13, 2014, 3:00pm
Singing Christmas Carols is a long standing holiday tradition. In the spirit of the season, Kantorei brings to you for the first time the four-part version of Benjamin Britten’s masterwork, A Ceremony of Carols for choir, soloists and harp –one of the most popular holiday pieces on the planet! We’ll also feature prolific American composer Stephen Paulus’ Three Nativity Carols for Choir and oboe, and introduce you to some new versions of familiar favorites by the young Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. We may well ask you to sing along at the end!
Echoes: Chant and Beyond
March 14, 2015, 7:30pm
March 15, 2015, 3:00pm
For centuries Chant has been a central compositional style used for meditation and spiritual gatherings. Kantorei explores this age-old art form performing early renditions of solo line melodies as well as newer compositions that are chant-based or chant infused. Featured works include chants by Hildegaard von Bingen, one of the earliest women composers, Josquin Des Prez’ chant based mass “MIssa Pange Lingua”, Maurice Duruflé’s “Four motets on Gregorian Chants” and British mystic composer John Tavener’s setting of a Jewish matrimonial ceremony “The Village Wedding”. We’ll also perform new works by Eric Whitacre and James Whitbourn. Sit back and relax.
The Earth Adorned
May 16, 2015, 7:30pm
May 17, 2015, 3:00pm
We honor Mother Earth with pieces celebrating the splendor around us. Aaron Copland tells the Creation story in his a cappella masterwork “In the Beginning” for mezzo soprano and choir. Ralph Vaughan Williams captures a cinematographic look at mountains, the sea, and rolling hills in his Three Shakespeare Settings. We will also perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Six songs to be sung in the open air” opus 59. Mendelssohn is quoted as saying “The most natural music of all occurs when four people go out together in the woods or in a boat, and carry the music with them and inside them!” Join Kantorei in our woods and on our boat!
The final concert of Kantorei's 2013-2014 season was met with excitement and acclaim, as we celebrated founding conductor Richard Larson, Interim Conductor Sarah Harrison, and incoming Artistic Director Joel Rinsema. Each director conducted portions of the program, which was well-received by equally-appreciative audiences at Augustana Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church.
thescen3.org reviewer Ruth Carver was on hand, and praised the performance, saying "the full-bodied sound of the choir was stunning."
The program featured a variety of choral music from around the world, with contrasting styles highlighting the messages of change, of hope, and of celebration.
"This potpourri of repertoire gave the audience a taste of everything Kantorei is capable of, and raised excitement about what the future holds under Rinsema’s baton," said Carver.