Arts Council's performing arts series opens tonight with Cantus.
Cantus is a much-acclaimed male vocal ensemble
from Saint Olaf
University in Minnesota.
has toured the world since its formation in 1995. Kodiak is their last stop on
their first Alaska
Aaron Humble is a tenor with the group; he's also their tour manager.
Humble says they launched the tour with a sold-out concert in Anchorage.
-- (cantus 1 "and
then we ... to their town,.")
The a cappella
group consists of nine men. Cantus gets glowing reviews whenever
they perform. One critic called them, "unstuffy and engaging."
-- (cantus 2 "Well, I think ...
of the experience.")
has an educational component to their performances as well. They work with and
perform for students and they touch on social issues with their singing. In one
song that was commissioned for them they sing the words of a letter written by
a soldier who later died in Iraq.
In another song they perform the words of men in therapy for committing
For the Alaska tour the group
performs songs about the elements including a song about the ocean that Humble
believes will have special meaning for the Kodiak audience.
-- (cantus 3 "One of our ...
speak to them.")
performs tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.
Tickets are available at the Artists Eye or at the door.