Have a “Glorious Christmas” with John Rutter’s Gloria

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00pm
St. Malachy Catholic Church
14115 E 14 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
[buy tickets online]

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm
Our Lady of La Salette Roman Catholic Church
2600 Harvard Road, Berkley, MI 48072
[buy tickets online]

Featuring John Rutter’s exuberant Gloria, accompanied by brass and percussion, our holiday concerts will jubilantly express the essence of the Christmas season. The words “gloria in excelsis Deo,” meaning “glory to God in the highest,” will find a range of expression from reverence to joy. The afternoon concerts are ideal for anyone seeking an entertaining and uplifting holiday outing with family and friends.

In a survey conducted last year, the Rutter Gloria with its ebullient fanfares and exquisite harmonies topped the list of works our singers hoped to someday perform. Our director, Susan Catanese, was inspired to continue the theme with a selection of unique Glorias across a range of styles and eras.  In keeping with Cantata tradition, the 1.5-hour concert will also include an audience sing-along and conclude with Handel’s famous Hallelujah Chorus.  We hope you will join us to celebrate the season in song.

Call our office at (313) 242-7282 (SATB) now for discounted advance tickets ($15 adult, $13 student/senior), available until the day prior to each concert.  Our family package ($30) includes two adults and any number of minor children.  Tickets will be sold at the door at our regular prices ($18 adult, $16 student/senior) on each concert day, as capacity allows.  All seating is general admission (first come, first served).

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Noteworthy News

We hope you’re enjoying your summer.  We have lots to share as we prepare to kick off our 56th season!

Upcoming Concert Dates
We have finalized dates for our upcoming 56th season!  Please mark your calendar – we’d love to see your smiling faces.  Program details forthcoming.

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Time and location TBD
    Midtown Detroit’s Noel Night
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 4pm
    “A Glorious Christmas”
    St. Malachy Catholic Church, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Sunday, December 11 @ 3pm
    “A Glorious Christmas”
    Our Lady of La Salette Roman Catholic Church, Berkley, MI
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 7pm
    “A Night On Broadway”
    First Congregational Church, Royal Oak, MI
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 3pm
    “For Peace and Unity”
    Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, Orchard Lake, MI
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 3pm
    “For Peace and Unity”
    Holy Name Catholic Church, Birmingham, MI

Open Rehearsal
Have you ever wanted to sing with Cantata Academy Chorale?  We invite you to attend our open rehearsal on Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ 6:30pm and see what goes on behind the scenes!  Check out our Auditions page for details.

Young Artist Scholarship Program
We are pleased to announce a brand new program to encourage and develop young singers.  Selected high school juniors and seniors will sing with the chorale as a featured soloist and receive a $500 continuing education scholarship. To apply, please download the application here.

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“Spring Reflections” Concerts

LandscapeSaturday, April 23, 2016 @ 7 PM
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church
38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 3 PM
The First Presbyterian of Dearborn
600 N Brady Rd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Our thoughts are looking forward to Springtime!  We welcome the blossoming flowers and new life.  Our concert offers a theme of introspection and anticipation of the blossoming of nature and human relationships.  Some favorite selections include the exquisite “Only in Sleep” by Sara Teasdale/Eriks Esenvalds, an energetic arrangement of “Witness” by Detroit’s own Stacy Gibbs, the hauntingly moving “Dear Sarah” by James Syler, Eric Whitacre’s meditative “Faith, Hope, Life, Love,” James Elder’s lyrical “Ballade to the Moon,” and many more!

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $15 adult, $12 senior/student, or $30 family. For discounted advance tickets ($13/$10/$26), contact your favorite Cantata singer or our office at (313) 242-7282.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Us!

MDI-NoelNight_2015-logo-smallWe’re thrilled to kick off the season with Noel Night in Midtown Detroit! Note our NEW location and
performance time on December 57:15 – 8:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Sounds of the Season

Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 4 PM
First Congregational Church [directions]
1314 Northwood Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073-3123

Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 3 PM
St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church [directions]
48115 Schoenherr Road
Shelby Township, MI 48315

Our holiday concerts celebrate the season with traditional carols as well as those from other cultures and eras.  Share the warmth and splendor of the season with your friends and family by making our annual holiday concerts a new tradition!  No tickets are needed for either concert; for December 13, there will be a free will offering.

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Save the Date(s) for Our 55th Season!

We have confirmed several of our concerts for the 2015-2016 season, and they’re listed on our Concerts page.  We look forward to seeing you in Walled Lake, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, and/or Dearborn!  Know another place we should sing?  Contact us at (313) 242-SATB to bring us to your church, festival, holiday party, or other event.

We’ll be holding an Open Rehearsal for prospective new singers on Sunday, September  13, 2015 at our regular rehearsal location (Royal Oak First United Methodist) and time (6:30 pm).  Interested singers may borrow music and try out a rehearsal with returning Cantata members, and perhaps sign up for an audition. Whether you’re actively looking for a choir or just curious about our group, we hope you’ll come to this rehearsal and sing with us!

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