We're bringing an amazing year with our Artists-in-Residence Cantus to a close, and what a year it's been.
These guys are about the nicest and coolest guys you'd want to know and they make spectacular music together. I had a chance to go "out-state" with the fellas to host their concerts. I learned a lot about how they work together. For instance, since there's no Music Director, Cantus functions like a democracy; if something doesn't sound quite right, they just correct things quickly and directly and no one gets their feelings hurt (most of the time!); when planning a program, they assign a "producer" to take charge of the piece and essentially fight for it!
I also had the opportunity to get to know them as friends we had a few meals together, played cards one night into the wee hours and they even let me in the Cantus van but only once!
Yesterday, Sunday June 19, 2011, Cantus gave a free concert over at Lake Harriet. It was packed and the skies even cleared in time for a sunny afternoon of a good mix of both classical and pop. Some of the best moments were Bass Chris Foss playing guitar and doing his signature Cash imitation in "Ring of Fire;" Tenor Paul Rudoi belting out Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around;" Shazore Shah kicked off the cantus hit that brought a whole gang of folks to the Cantus table to buy a disc, "Wanting Memories;" Tim Takach and Gary Ruschman bringing us to tears with a song of lost love, "Pretty Saro" and Aaron Humble and Matt Tintes got the mood up with a rousing "They Call the Wind Maria."
The audience stood up and cheered some even held up their cell phones in a little nod to rock concerts, so the boys flew back out and gave them what they wanted an encore; The Doobie Brothers "Listen to the Music" to which everyone (including this 1970's gal) sang along too.
What a great way to end the season thanks to each of your guys in Cantus for making it a most memorable year!
What a memorable year for Cantus and MPR and fans of both. Thanks for showcasing local pure talent and glorious music!
Thanks MPR and a big Ely shout out to Alison for coming way up to Ely in the heart of winter to bring us Cantus. Elyites loved them. Come back again next year with the next Artists in Rez.
Cheers from the sunny summery northwoods.