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. Sit back, relax, and let this meditative music transport you.
We can't wait to share our next concert with you -- but here's your chance to get an early look! In her recent article for The Scen3, arts writer Ruth L. Carver gives an exclusive preview of "Echoes: Chant & Beyond" and highlights our first season with new Artistic Director Joel Rinsema.
"In the "Echoes" program, Rinsema is delving into a more experiential concert for audience members. Much of the chant-based repertoire has sacred text, and without becoming overtly religious, Rinsema explains "it's more about creating an experience for the singers and the audience," giving them a chance to feel the spirituality of the music in the concert venues."
Kantorei is excited to announce that it has named Kim André Arnesen as its Composer in Residence for the 2015-2016 concert season! Arnesen, a Norwegian composer, will compose as many as six new works for the ensemble during the 2015-2016 season, which begins in October, 2015. The collaboration will culminate with a two-week visit from Arnesen in March, 2016, when Kantorei premieres his new works in Denver.
"We are thrilled to partner with Kim and bring his music to the Denver community, and to help bring beautiful new music into the world," said Kantorei Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema. "Kim is a rising star in the choral world, and his writing suits our ensemble very well. We can’t wait to begin working with him."
Arnesen grew up in Trondheim, Norway and started music school at the age of 6, playing the piano. He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and is an elected member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. In 2013, his works ‘Even when He is silent’ and ‘Cradle Hymn’ were released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray as part of the "Christmas in Norway" program featuring the St. Olaf Choir and Nidaros Cathedral Girls Choir. The concert aired on public television throughout the United States and Norway, and ‘Cradle Hymn’ became the bestseller among Santa Barbara Music Publishing´s Christmas music in 2014.
“Getting the opportunity to be the Composer in Residence for one of the finest choral ensembles in the United States is one of the most exciting and greatest challenges so far for me as a composer,” said Arnesen. “The sound of Kantorei is to me the ideal sound of a choir: pure and warm. It is an honor for me to work with Kantorei and their Artistic Director, Joel Rinsema.”
Arnesen will visit Denver from his home in Norway in March, 2016. During his two-week visit, he will work with the singers of Kantorei at multiple rehearsals that will be free and open to the public. Arnesen will also work with local university composition classes, and has plans to visit local schools that are planning on programming his music during that year. The visit will culminate with two concerts performed by Kantorei, during which Arnesen’s new works will be premiered.
“I look forward to meeting the people in Denver and making new friends. I feel very inspired and I'm eager to start writing,” said Arnesen.
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Join us for a fun, intimate evening on Broadway! Members of the choir will sing their favorite Broadway solos, duets, and small ensemble tunes at this event hosted by Kantorei members Jason Hindman and Landon Covington. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, and tickets for the evening are extremely limited. Mark your calendars for what will surely be a night to remember!
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.
"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