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Join Us for Time and Tide: Rhythms of the Sea

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Inspired by the North Shore’s wild and beautiful coastline, Cantemus presents a concert of shanties, sea songs and spirituals. Beautiful, lilting melodies depict the eternal rhythms of the sea, actual and metaphoric. Enticing sea chanties by Jonathan Wilcox, Stephen Chatman's Time Pieces, endearing settings of Moon River and Deep River, poetic masterpieces, Dances of Time, by Bob Chilcott, and Randall Thompson's rarely performed ethereal Two Worlds.

Venues: Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm, at First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham. Sunday, April 30, 4:00 pm, at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport. Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm, at First Church in Swampscott, 40 Monument Avenue, Swampscott.

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Free Tickets Available for Spring Concert

Funded by a Newburyport Cultural Council grant and in cooperation with the Newburyport Public Library, Cantemus is offering a block of free tickets to their upcoming spring concert. A limited number of free ticket vouchers are available in the library reading room with a limit of one per person.

Inspired by the North Shore’s wild and beautiful coastline, Cantemus will be presenting “Time and Tide: Rhythms of the Sea”, a concert of sea songs and spirituals. A 45-member chorus of experienced singers, Cantemus is known for its theme-based, eclectic programs, performed with artistic and technical mastery.

The concert will be performed in Newburyport on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 pm, at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 pm, at First Church in Wenham and Sunday, May 6, at 4:00 pm, at First Church in Swampscott.

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Cantemus Receives George Henschel Community Award from the Harvard Musical Association

Cantemus is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant in support of our collaboration with Rumbarroco for a multicultural choral/instrumental program of modern music by Latin American composers from Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela, presented in Salem, MA. This award is given to Boston area organizations dedicated not only to the performance and composition of serious music, especially chamber music, but also to the development of steady, attentive audiences appreciative of this kind of musical experience. In particular, the Harvard Musical Association seeks to fund innovative and original undertakings. They support proposals that feature outreach campaigns as well as performances at the highest level. See a list of award recipients here… »

Rhythms! Dances! Songs! Rumbarroco Collaboration a Resounding Success

When it comes to Latin American music, you cannot help but think of rhythm, tango and passion. “Concierto: A Latin American Voyage” was performed in Spanish with special guests Rumbarroco, a professional Latin-Baroque fusion ensemble from Boston, directed by Laury Gutiérrez. The program mixed the familiar with the obscure, highlighting extraordinary modern composers writing in their own “idioma” to transmit the culture, flavor and history of their homelands to the music and their listeners.

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Choral Intern Program

Our intern program open to area high school students who are interested in a high level immersion program of singing with a small chorus of musically trained adults. We will accept one person per part (SATB) by audition with the conductor. If more than one qualified singer per part auditions, we will consider admitting them as well. The decision is to be made by the musical director. The appointment will last one year with the possibility of renewal.

This program is intended to be a supplemental vocal experience to the students’ high school music program and may help in building their resumes as they prepare for college. Applicants must have good sight reading abilities and be available Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10 for rehearsals at the Miles River Middle School in Hamilton and for weekend concerts the first weekend of December and the last weekend of April.

It is our hope that this program will help to cultivate a new generation of skilled choral singers.

Read the letter announcing the program that went out to local high school choral directors.

Please contact Betsy Vicksell for more information.

Press Releases

Cantemus Presents Time and Tide: Rhythms of the Sea, Featuring Shanties, Sea Songs and Spirituals

Rhythms! Dances! Songs! Cantemus Invites Listeners to “Concierto: A Latin American Voyage”

Cantemus, Christmas and A Ceremony of Carols

Cantemus Invites Audiences “To Sit and Dream,” Announces New Ticket Policy

Cantemus’ “At the Turning of the Year” concert explores where heaven and earth meet

Cantemus Spring Concert is “a love song to the wild beauty of the North Shore”

Cantemus Shines a Light on Bach’s Magnificat and Works by Ola Gjeilo in “Luminous Night” Program, featuring String Quartet and Soloists

Cantemus Promises to “Sing Merrily”

Cantemus Sparkles with “Stars and Stones” Program Featuring Jazz Trio

Cantemus Announces Choral Intern Program

Chorus Commemorates Three Decades of Song with “Cantemus Turns 30: Celebrating Artists of the North Shore”

On 30th Anniversary, Cantemus Concerts Invoke “Twilight in New England”

Two Decades of Grand Sound, Yet Still Family

Cantemus Concerts Explore “Unseen Worlds,” with “Mystical” Works by Britten, Holst, di Lasso, Hovland and Perera

Cantemus’ “Shining Night” Concerts in December are First with New Music Director

Cantemus Welcomes New Music Director, Jane Ring Frank

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