Christmas with Cantus

by Brian Newhouse, Minnesota Public Radio
December 13, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every December, the nine gentlemen of Cantus invite a 10th guy to the stage to share a little Christmas. I get to be that guy. No, they don't let me sing with them (smart move), but I do get to interview them, make fun of their beards, have them return the favor, and in general be awed when they sing.

We broadcast it live before 300 or so in the Great Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. The walls were hung with garland, the guys looked fabulous in their black suits and brilliant red ties. And, there was pin-drop silence when they began to sing.

Hour 1

  • March of the Kings
    13th-century Provencal Melody, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw
  • From Far Away We Come
    from Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Gaudete
    from Piae Cantiones, arr. Robert J. Batastini
  • We Three Kings
    Healey Willan, arr. Joseph Running
  • Star in the East
    from Southern Harmony, William Walker
  • Coventry Carol
    15th Century English Carol, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep
    17th Century Besancon Carol, arr. Robert Scholz
  • Gabriel's Message
    19th-century Basque Carol, arr. John Rutter
  • Christmas Angel
    Corlynn Hanney
  • Ave Maria
    Leos Janacek
  • Ave Maria
    Franz Biebl

Hour 2

  • Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
    African-American Spiritual, arr. Michael S. Engelhardt
  • How Far is it to Bethlehem
    Geoffrey Shaw
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Kenneth Jennings
  • O Magnum Mysterium
    Jacobus Handl (Gallus)
  • The Friendly Beasts
    Traditional English Carol, arr. David Walton
  • O Babe, Born Bare
    John Duggan
  • Hail Mary!
    William L. Dawson
  • Go Where I Send Thee
    African-American Spiritual, arr. Stephen Hatfield
  • Pat-A-Drummer
    Burgundian Air / Katherine K. Davis, arr. Katherine K. Davis / Gary Ruschman / Chris Foss

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