Cantus Alone Together
Cantus, which last performed at Penn State in 2014, has been called “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” The group returns to perform Alone Together, an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world.
By almost any measure, our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced. Yet, as the world grows exponentially smaller with new technologies, the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. Exploring the struggle to build meaningful connection in a world that has never been more connected, Alone Together is anchored by a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, “We Two,” by Steven Sametz. The program is also informed by David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his “Manifesto.”
The world premiere of the multi-movement piece You by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen, co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in the Music Accord consortium, helps to celebrate a reaffirmation of our humanity through communication and a recognition of our universal need for understanding and acceptance.
Alone Together also includes music by Arcade Fire, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sydney Guillaume, Jennifer Higdon, Lennon/McCartney, Dave Matthews, Don McDonald, Ingrid Michaelson, Laura Mvula, Pasek and Paul, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance, but artists will engage in conversation with audience members after the concert.
general admission seating
Tickets are available for purchase at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the evening of the performance, but only cash or checks can be accepted at the concert venue.
Chick King and Betty Scott
support provided by
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment