Friday, December 13th, 2013
Saint John's Cathedral
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Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Christ the King Catholic Church
No tickets required for this performance; suggested donation of our regular ticket prices during the concert
Join Kantorei in welcoming the holiday season with "Northern Lights", featuring a new composition of the same name at its crux. It is ethereal, beautiful, and magically written by Eriks Esenvalds, a Latvian born and internationally awarded young composer. The music and its effect depict the experience of witnessing the stunning and breath-taking aurora borealis first-hand.
Beloved carols will complete the program with settings of "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," and "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." Join Kantorei for a performance that will warm your heart and kindle the holiday spirit.
Tickets for the performance are $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, and $5 students and may be purchased online or at the door. Please note, no tickets are required for the performance on Sunday, 12/15 at Christ the King Catholic Church. We suggest a donation of our regular ticket prices during the concert. We look forward to sharing this special evening with you!
Kantorei once again is pleased to join the Meistersingers of Cherry Creek High School for what has become our annual joint concert. We are always pleased to join this excellent group of young singers, encouraging them to pursue the gift of singing beyond their high school experience. The familiar songs of Christmas are the basis for this concert and we urge you to bring the whole family!Tickets for this wonderful event are $15 general admission and may be purchased online or at the door. We look forward to seeing you at the concert!
Tuesday, December 10th is Colorado Gives Day! Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Donations will be accepted through ColoradoGives.org with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting hundreds of local nonprofits.
Colorado Gives Day is an annual event that asks you to give to your favorite charities through the website ColoradoGives.org, an online giving resource featuring every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day. On this website we share our goals, accomplishments and much more. While the focus occurs on Colorado Gives Day, the site can accept donations year round.
Donate online at www.ColoradoGives.org/Kantorei.org any time during the 24 hour period of December 10th to “give where you live!” We thank you for your support of Kantorei and the choral arts in Denver!
Season Tickets for Kantorei's 2013-2014 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 Interim Conductor Sarah Harrison. You will not want to miss it!
Season Tickets include one ticket to each of Kantorei's four concert series and are priced at a 10% savings over purchasing individual concert tickets! Please note, season tickets are for our regular concert series only and do not include the Meisters Holiday Concert or Special Fundraisers.
We look forward to seeing you at a concert this season!
Kantorei is thrilled to announce the selection of Sarah Harrison as Interim Director for the 2013-2014 concert season. Harrison, a former Kantorei member, is also the conductor of the Cherry Creek High School Meistersingers, a group with significant ties to Richard Larson, Kantorei, and several of its founding members. Harrison follows Larson as Kantorei's second conductor; Larson also taught at Cherry Creek from 1982 to 1995, where he conducted the Meistersingers for 13 years and first taught several of the founding members of Kantorei.
Ms. Harrison is in her eighth year teaching choir and AP Music Theory at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village. Under her direction, choirs have appeared at several regional and state conventions. Prior to Cherry Creek, Harrison opened and spent five years at Silver Creek Middle/Senior High School in Longmont, CO. Harrison will conduct Kantorei for the entirety of the 2013-2014 concert season, while the group completes a search for a permanent Artistic Director and Conductor to begin in July, 2014.
In a significant and emotional farewell performance, former Kantorei Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Larson led his final performances with Kantorei May 17th and 18th in Denver. The concert featured a heart-felt program featuring serveral of Larson's personal favorite choral works over the years, works written by some of his closest friends and the world's most prolific composers, including Eric Whitacre, René Clausen, and Morten Lauridsen. Highlights from the program included two of Clausen's pieces: Tonight, Eternity Alone and Prayer; Whitacre's Alleluia; and Lauridsen's La Rose Complete and Dirait-On.
Kantorei members pay tribute to Dick Larson and discuss what he has meant to them and to the choir
Throughout the concert, Kantorei members old and new spoke about Larson and the enduring legacy he leaves for the choir. Several of Larson's peers in the choral music world shared their well wishes remotely, with letters read from René Clausen, Eric Whitacre, Philip Brunelle, Anton Armstrong, Simon Carrington, Bradley Ellingboe, and Eric William Barnum.
At the conclusion of the performance, Larson was named Artistic Director and Conductor Emeritus by the Kantorei Board of Directors. Kantorei alumni were invited to the stage, and Larson completed his tenure by conducting Gustav Holst's Nunc Dimittis, a signature piece for the group for several years.
To our founding conductor, Richard Larson: thank you for endless passion and tireless dedication to making music at the highest levels. You have made Kantorei the ensemble and family it is today. We will miss you dearly, and count ourselves lucky to continue to call you friend and mentor.