Cantus - MPR stairwellby Marc Sanchez, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Public Radio's headquarters can be found at the corner of Cedar and 7th, in downtown St. Paul. The vocal ensemble, Cantus has been to the building so many times, they can probably give you directions (alternate routes included).
Normally, the group takes the elevator up to meet with a DJ or record in the Maude Moon studio. They used a recent trip to really get to know the building.
As Classical MPR's artist in residence and participants in the Sonic Architecture series, the group was led down a back stairway for an impromptu performance. They performed Rachmaninoff's "Prediite, Poklonimsya" on the steps leading to the basement, then spread out over 5 floors for a couple improvisational exercises.
Paul Rudoi, who sings tenor in the group, was surprised at just how warm and clear the ensemble's voices sounded while surrounded by so much metal and concrete.
The Sonic Architecture series is an ongoing project for Cantus. If you have an interesting, non-traditional space you think they should sing in, let them know.
- Paul Rudoi: Paul J. Rudoi, tenor vocalist and composer, has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a soloist and in various ensembles around the country. Early on in his career, he sang with the Blanche Moyse Chorale, the Sons of Orpheus, and the American Boychoir. Since 2008, he has been a member of the full-time vocal ensemble Cantus and has performed with various artists including Bobby McFerrin, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the James Sewell Ballet.