The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.
Cantus performs as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year, nationally, internationally, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and has released 17 albums on its self-titled label.
Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus is an active commissioner of new music by composers including David Lang, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Nico Muhly, and Byron Adams. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New Music USA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum, and Chamber Music America.
Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country.
All concerts funded by the William and Joyce Wartmann Endowment for the Performing Arts