Upcoming: Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 2 pm
Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams (at Woodward), Detroit, MI 48226

Nothing is as rousing as the sound of a full opera chorus!  Opera is storytelling on a grand scale, and the choruses serve key supporting roles: to illuminate the desires and of a character (Carmen‘s “Habanera”), to heighten the emotion of a tragic scene (“Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly), or simply to provide local flavor and bring a setting to life (Verdi’s Anvil Chorus).  Some, like Verdi’s “Va Pensiero,” which is now as much an anthem of Italian patriotism as it is a nostalgic song of Hebrew slaves, have taken on a life of their own.  We join with Madrigal Chorale (Dr. Robert Martin, Dir.) to present these and other iconic, well-loved pieces from the world of opera, from Mozart through the Golden Age of Opera.

$15 adult, $12 student/senior, $30 family
For discounted advance tickets ($13/$10/$26),
call (313) 242-7282 or contact your favorite Chorale member.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Cantata Academy Chorale

We’re happy to announce our 2013 holiday appearances:

  • “Sing Noel” Holiday Concert
    Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 4 pm in Troy, MI
    Cantata’s own holiday concert, featuring Gjello’s stunning and sublime “Serenity,” a “Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” selections from the Jenkins Gloria, and beautiful and unique settings of classic carols.  Audience sing-along to close the concert!

In this season of gratitude, we would like to thank everyone who so enthusiastically supported our campaigns to raise funds for our upcoming CD, which was recorded on October 19.  We hope to have a release date in time for the holidays!

Spring 2014.  We look forward to a rousing selection of opera choruses with Madrigal Chorale in late March, the Verdi Requiem with Detroit Community Choir in May, and our very own selection of “Americana” in June.  See our Concerts Page for more details.

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An Exciting Season to Come

Following a fantastic West Michigan tour this summer, Cantata Academy Chorale prepares to embark on our 53rd Season.  We have a lot to look forward to this year!  For instance:

Professional Recording.  This October, Cantata Academy Chorale will record our first album in many years.  The selections will play to our strengths in presenting well-executed classical technique, robust spirituals and world music, and the nuanced soundscapes of contemporary composition.  We thank our loyal alumni, faithful audience, and community support for making this possible.

We are still seeking contributions for mastering and production of the CDs.  If you donate now, your contribution will be matched through a 1:1 Challenge Grant from Cantata’s Board of Directors.  Visit our Power2Give project page to learn more.

Collaborative Performances.  We love our collaborations!  We look forward to singing the Karl Jenkins Gloria with the Warren Symphony in December, a rousing selection of opera choruses with Madrigal Chorale in late March, and the Verdi Requiem with Detroit Community Choir in May.

Audition to sing with us this year, and you can be a part of all these exciting events.  Not a singer?  Join our mailing list, and we’ll keep you up to date on Cantata happenings.

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2013 Cantata Summer Tour: WEST MICHIGAN

Tell your friends in Grand Rapids & Traverse City! We’re going “up north” for a pair of delightful concerts the weekend of July 12-14:

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 7pm
St. Stephen Catholic Church
750 Gladstone Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 1pm
First Congregational Church
6105 Center Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
(Cantata will also sing for FCC’s 10am services)

Admission will be by free-will offering. The touring ensemble will be performing an eclectic program of choral music, as we look back on a successful season and look forward to making our much-anticipated CD recording in the fall. Along the way, we hope to sample some of the joys of West Michigan in the summer!


Photo credit: Flickr user “kafka4prez” under Creative Commons license.

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Help Us Record a CD – Support Our Power2Give Campaign!

power2giveRight now, Cantata’s recording project on Power2Give is eligible for matching funds from the Ford Foundation!  Contribute today to support our dream to produce our first CD in many years, this fall.

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