ALTOONA – The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is partnering with the Penn State Altoona Division of Arts and Humanities to present two, free public programs featuring men’s choral ensemble Cantus on April 2.
An interdisciplinary arts and science event, Seeking Sonic Space: Science and Serendipity, and an open rehearsal with community singers and the ensemble will take place from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center, while a performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel.
A Fanfare critic calls Cantus “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” One of America’s few full-time men’s ensembles, Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth, exceptional vocal blend and engaging performances of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and refers to its music-making as “spontaneous grace.”
At home and on the road, the artists of Cantus share their love of singing with thousands of student singers annually to help promote the future of the choral arts. Cantus offers its music through performances, recordings and digital media.
The Altoona programs are part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. The three-year project, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs. Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley, in January of 2013, and Brentano String Quartet, in March of 2012, visited Penn State Altoona as part of the project’s first two seasons. Learn more about the project at http://cmp.psu.edu.
Additional support is provided by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the division of Arts and Humanities and Penn State Altoona’s Chancellor’s Development Fund.
Free tickets, required for the evening event, are available at the Misciagna Box Office, Monday–Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, phone the box office at 814-949-5452.