Romanza was excited to present the 9 member male vocal ensemble “Cantus” as the headliner this year. The Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine, FL, hosted this outstanding chamber group on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 pm. They performed their touring program, The Four Loves. Cantus shapes The Four Lovesto span multiple cultural traditions, including pairing the Beach Boys’ Their Hearts were Full of Spring with Indian composer A.R. Rahman’s Wedding Qawwali.
Acclaimed as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known world-wide for its trademark warmth, blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.
As one of the country’s only two full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown to prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. The ensemble is heard frequently on public radio as regular guests on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and on Performance Today’s annual Thanksgiving program: Thanksgiving with Cantus.
Cantus is the recipient of numerous awards including Chorus America’s highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. They work with more than 5,000 students each year in workshop settings across the country.