It's no secret: the holiday season simply wouldn't be complete without an incredible program of choral music performed in the beautiful cathedrals of our city. Our holiday concert series, "A Ceremony of Carols", was well-received by near-capacity crowds at Saint John's Cathedral and Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on December 12th and 13th. Our family-friendly performance with the Rocky Mountain Children's Choir, complete with an audience sing-along with Santa himself, was equally fun and fulfilling. We hope you enjoyed the performances and that they added something special to your holiday season. We extend our sincere thanks for being a part of the growing Kantorei community.
It's an exciting time for us! We're happy to say that our near-sell-out audiences at each of our concerts this season have helped us achieve another milestone: we've now reached 99% of our ticket sales goals for the season, and we're only halfway through! Thank you for continuing to get the word out about Kantorei, and for bringing your friends and family to hear the transformative music that you already know and love. Please be sure to join us in March and May for two more wonderful programs...you may want to get your tickets early before they sell out!
Highlights from 'A Ceremony of Carols':
"Kantorei easily captured the purity and sincerity of this too-rarely heard choral masterpiece" - Scen3 reviewer Marc Shulgold in his write-up for TheScen3.org
We are genuinely grateful for the support you gave Kantorei on Colorado Gives Day! The annual one-day online giving event was held on Tuesday, December 9th, and again reached record-breaking levels, as over $26 million was donated to Colorado nonprofits. We are extremely thrilled to announce that due to your overwhelming generosity, we exceeded our fundraising goal by nearly 20%!! Your financial contributions directly help Kantorei continue to foster community through choral arts, and achieve our goals for future collaborations, community choral festivals, and new recordings.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generous support yesterday during Colorado Gives Day. We're proud to be part of such a wonderful, giving community; one that values the arts and impact they have on each of us. Thank you!
For centuries, Chant has been a central compositional style used for meditation and spiritual gatherings. Kantorei explores this age-old art form with 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; Josquin Des Prez’s chant-based Mass, “Missa Pange Lingua;” British mystic composer John Tavener’s setting of a Jewish matrimonial ceremony, “The Village Wedding;” “Four Motets on Gregorian Chants” by Maurice Duruflé and new works by Eric Whitacre and James Whitbourn.
Kantorei honors Mother Earth with pieces celebrating the splendor of nature. 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.” and Felix Mendelssohn’s cheerful “Six Songs to be Sung in the Open Air,” Op.59, will feature the warm and luxurious voices of Kantorei.