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Acclaimed Minneapolis Choral Ensemble
to Perform March 8 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Cantus, one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, will perform Tuesday, March 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The group will present a program spanning musical periods and styles in its Artists Series concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Cantus' singing has been called "spontaneous grace" by the Washington Post. "Cantus' sonic blend was so beaming and elastic that it seemed to originate as a single, gorgeously variegated voice," the Post reported. "Years of preparation are everywhere apparent in their sound."

Cantus was founded in the fall of 1995 when a few college friends gathered together on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., a place renowned for its activity in choral music. In September 2000, with no singers over the age of 25, Cantus established itself as a full-time ensemble making its home in Minneapolis. Currently comprised of 11 singers and touring nationally, Cantus has received praise for its unique blend of youthful vitality and polished nuance. The ensemble's repertoire spans many periods and genres, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary sacred works, art songs, folk music, spirituals and pop.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, "The Minnesotans come across as down-to-earth types who present their music with the eagerness of hometown guys singing for the pleasure of friends and neighbors."

The group has performed throughout the United States as guest artists with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, at the American Choral Directors Association national and regional conventions, the Teton Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, AmericaFest and the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music. Cantus also has been featured on numerous public radio stations, including NPR's "Performance Today."

Cantus recordings include "Comfort and Joy" (2004), "Deep River" (2003), "…Against the Dying of the Light" (2002) and "Let Your Voice Be Heard" (2001).

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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