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Cantus “One Giant Leap”
March 31, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – April 7, 2021 @ 7:30 pm EDT
Cantus “One Giant Leap”
7:30 pm Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. It will be available for streaming until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7.
The Center for the Performing Arts debut of the recorded performance, at 7:30 p.m. March 31, will be followed by a live conversation among Amy Dupain Vashaw, the center’s audience and program development director, and Cantus singers Jacob Christopher, Alberto de la Paz, Chris Foss, Samuel Green, Alex Nishibun, and Paul Scholtz.
History is filled with stories of daring innovators who had the audacity to dream of one day conquering the sky. The moon, the stars, and the tapestry of the night sky are all responsible for some of humanity’s oldest legends and mysteries. In “One Giant Leap,” Cantus celebrates the allure of outward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and the striving for excellence through innovation and technology.
Cantus looked to the night sky to shape “One Giant Leap,” which the acclaimed men’s chorus toured in 2019–20 in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission put two men on the moon. But One Giant Leap looks beyond that triumph to consider elements of why we sought to go to the moon: humankind’s capacity for wonder, our innate desire to discover, and, in doing so, to better understand our own place in the universe.
Throughout the thoughtful and dynamic program, Cantus seeks to celebrate the siren song of the sky, as well as the larger and lasting themes of bravery, innovation, and shared accomplishment that led to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
This recording of the program’s highlights includes:
“Stars” by Ériks Ešenvalds
“La Route” from “Dans la Montagne” by Jean Cras
“Flucht” by Franz Schubert
“Follow the Drinking Gourd,” a traditional work arranged by Vicente Chavarria
“Starry Messenger” by Z. Randall Stroope
“Discoveries” by Grace Brigham
“Silver Deity of Secret Night” by Catherine Dalton
“Beyond” by Chris Foss
A critic for Fanfare calls Cantus “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” The chorus is known for its trademark warmth, exceptional vocal blend, and engaging performances of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. A Washington Post reviewer hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and describes its singing as “spontaneous grace.”
The Center for the Performing Arts has presented the Minneapolis-based ensemble twice at Penn State’s Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. In 2014, the chorus performed “A Place for Us.” In 2018, the ensemble offered “Alone Together,” which featured the world premiere of “You” by Libby Larsen.