Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts’ 67th season continues at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, with an appearance by the vocal group Cantus.
Called the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” by Fanfare, Cantus tours throughout the nation, as well as abroad, and is regularly featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” heard by more than a million listeners each week. The group recently released its 15th album.
The Washington Post has marveled at the group’s “exalting finesse” and “expressive power.” The Los Angeles Times, following a performance on the West Coast, remarked, “at times Cantus sounded 50 voices strong.”
Ron Hubbard, a writer for Pioneer Press, of St. Paul, Minnesota, referred to a concert Cantus performed last year in Minneapolis as “a stylistic smorgasbord — from Gregorian chant to Sacred Harp to folk songs of Lithuania and Scotland to U2 and Brandi Carlile — but it held together well.”
The program that Cantus will perform in Greenwood will be another eclectic mix, which will include “Somewhere,” from “West Side Story”; “The Finlandia Hymn,” by Jean Sibelius; traditional selections such as “Fiddle Tune” and “We Shall Not Be Moved”; spirituals like “Ain’ Got Time to Die”; and such culturally diverse selections as “Pretty Saro,” the Appalachian folk song; “Hole Waimea,” the traditional Hawaiian tune; and “Nukapianguaq,” the Inuit chant.
Tickets for the performance, sponsored by Lakelands Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, along with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Lander University, are $35 for adults and $30 for students.
Orders can be placed by calling GLPA at 864-388-8326, or by going to www.greenwoodlanderperformingarts.com.
Seats are also available for Cantus’s Outreach Program performance for students in grades 5 through 12, which starts at noon the same day. Those interested should contact Outreach Program director Jackie Counts at the number given above.
GLPA executive director Cecily Ferguson encouraged area music fans to take advantage of the opportunity to hear “a powerful and melodious vocal ensemble.”
She predicted that Cantus “is going to wow people. The sound in that auditorium is going to be incredible. The way that they sound together is just fabulous.”