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APSU music department to host men's ensemble, Cantus

Recognized as one of Americas finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus will perform in a concert sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for Creative Arts.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. Ticket prices are $15 adult, $12 student and $10 groups of 10 or more. APSU students will be admitted free with ID.
Recognized as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus will perform in a concert sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for Creative Arts.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. Ticket prices are $15 adult, $12 student and $10 groups of 10 or more. APSU students will be admitted free with ID.

This concert is part of Cantus' three-day residency in the APSU music department as visiting artists in the Acuff Chair of Excellence. The ensemble will participate in a men's choir festival sponsored by the music department on Tuesday, Sept. 26, which will include a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Cantus also will lead two masterclasses with the APSU choral ensembles on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The nine-member ensemble has performed in several cities such as Nashville, San Antonio and St. Louis. It also has performed at the American Choral Directors' Association's national and regional conventions and several choral festivals.

Cantus has recorded eight CDs on its own label, Cantus Recordings. The repertoire of Cantus spans several genres, including Renaissance motets, art songs, contemporary works, spirituals, Gregorian chant and pop. Its music has been referred to as “spontaneous grace” and “beaming and elastic” by The Washington Post.

For more information about the performance, contact Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, assistant professor of music, by telephone at (931) 221-7002 or by e-mail at kenastonk@apsu.edu. -- Electra Frederick