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Cantus coming to Wadena April 23

Cantus, the award-winning a cappella men’s vocal ensemble from the Twin Cities, will perform at Wadena’s Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at various Wadena locations.The group plans additional performances in Bemidji on April 22 and Glenwood on April 26. This performance was made possible, in part, through funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Greater Wadena Arts League presents Cantus, the Twin Cities group acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare magazine), at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

The ensemble will perform “A Place For Us,” a compelling musical narrative about the universal search for home.

Program highlights include traditional folk songs and spirituals, as well as music by Leonard Bernstein, William Billings, Stephen Foster and Jean Sibelius. 

“The program has a huge variety of repertoire from Inuit and Lakota chant to Mexican folk songs and early American music,” said Cantus tenor Aaron Humble. “The musical selection is just as beautifully diverse as our homeland — and that is what makes this concert so incredibly special.”

Recognized for their artistic excellence and musical versatility, the nine members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, working without a conductor or music director, allowing audiences to experience a direct connection to the singers.

Committed to a cappella presentation of significant music, Cantus is renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including newly commissioned work.

The Wadena Memorial Auditorium is located at Wadena-Deer Creek High School, 250 Dayton Ave. SE in Wadena.

Concert tickets are $10 in advance, $8 for groups of 10 or more (purchased in advance) and $15 at the door. Students (through high school) are admitted for free.

Tickets are available at the Wadena Pioneer Journal or Thrifty White Pharmacy in Wadena. Cantus will also perform in Bemidji, April 22 and Glenwood, April 26.