St. Matthew’s Music Guild Features Cantus

Members of Cantus will be performing this Friday.

Cantus to Perform at St. Matthew’s Friday

Cantus, a men’s vocal ensemble known for its innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, will perform at St. Matthew’s Church at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 1.

The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”

Cantus is one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles and performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

The group has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Vail Valley Music Festival and will present its program “Alone Together” at St. Matthew’s.

The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus:

(1) a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, We Two, by Steven Sametz, (2) David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his Manifesto and (3) a brand new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen entitled You – commissioned by Music Accord – written specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world. In You, Larsen sets poetry of both Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay in a work that reaffirms our humanity through communication and a recognition of our universal need for understanding and acceptance.

“The eight of us in Cantus are pretty much your ‘basic’ millennials,’” said tenor Paul Scholtz. “We ‘keep up’ with friends on Facebook, follow our favorite people and public figures on Twitter and Instagram, and look for love with the myriad dating sites available. We’d prefer to communicate by email or text rather than over the phone.

“Regardless of our generation, we all are spending an increasing amount of time on our electronic devices,” he said. “These technologies allow us to communicate across distances and maintain a large network of friends and family, so in many ways the world has never been smaller and its people never more connected. And yet, we often find ourselves feeling unfulfilled as we look for meaning and dive deeper into our personally customized and curated electronic worlds. We hope Alone Together will inspire our audiences to conversation and reflection about what it truly means to be “connected.”

The concert is part of the 2018-19 St. Matthew’s Music Guild series and takes place at 1031 Bienveneda Ave. Tickets at the door are $35. Visit or call (310) 573-7422.


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