Jan. 29: Cantus' vocalists can't help but please Behrend music lovers

December 10, 2012

Cantus, nine musicians hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” by Fanfare magazine and the winner of Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Cantus’ appearance in Music at Noon: The Logan Series takes place at noon in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building. Admission is free and free reserved parking will be available in the Reed lot.

Cantus rehearses and performs without a conductor or music director. The group is frequently praised for adventurous programming that spans both centuries and genres; in The Logan Series Cantus will perform its “On the Shoulders of Giants” repertoire highlighting the indelible cultural mark left by composers ranging from Franz Schubert to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, artists Cantus says “have inspired the ensemble and continue to inspire each generation of new musicians.”

Music at Noon: The Logan Series is making Cantus’ members available to coach young singers at the Erie School District’s Diehl School and in the Young People’s Chorus of Erie. “While the noon performances are the series’ public face, educational outreach is our stated mission,” said Gary Viebranz, the series director and member of Penn State Behrend’s music faculty. “All Logan Series artists perform for the students at Diehl, but Cantus will take that responsibility a step further and tutor aspiring vocalists over their two-day residency in Erie.”

Founded at Penn State Behrend by Warren philanthropist and arts advocate Kay Logan, Music at Noon: The Logan Series’ unique musical outreach has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The series receives major support from the Kay Logan Trust and additional funding from the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the Erie Arts Endowment of ArtsErie, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

For more information about The Logan Series or Cantus’ appearance, contact Viebranz at 814-898-6289 or email gav3@psu.edu.


  • Cantus performs at Penn State Behrend on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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