Ventura Music Festival
Performance Archives



Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Ventura Missionary Church
500 High Point Drive, Ventura, CA

Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspiring audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the nine members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group. Cantus enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs and recordings.

Cantus is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality. Their program at the Ventura Music Festival is called “A Place for Us,” a celebration of our unique national identity told through song and story. “A Place for Us” features traditional folk songs and spirituals as well as music by Bernstein, Dvorak and Jean Sibelius.

Somewhere (Introduction) Leonard Bernstein
(1918 – 1990)
*The Finlandia Hymn Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
Fiddle Tune Traditional, arr. Chris Foss
Lakota Wiyanki Lakota song,
arr. Judith Herrington / Gail Woodside
My Journey Yours Elise Witt, arr. Michael Holmes
Pretty Saro Appalachian Folk Song
We Shall Not Be Moved Traditional, arr. Cantus
*Anthem: Lamentation over Boston William Billings
Gravedigger David John Matthews,
arr. Timothy C. Takach
(b. 1967)
*Paradise “Northport” Hymn, arr. Malcolm Dalglish
(b. 1952)
*Nukapianguaq Inuit Chants, adapt. Stephen Hatfield
Hole Waimea Trad. Hawai’ian Song,
arr. Dorothy K. Gillett / Harold Turney
El Pajarito Cu Trad. Mexican Folk Song,
arr. Evy Lucio
America Will Be! Paul John Rudoi
Ain’ Got Time to Die Hall Johnson, arr. Philip Duey
(1888 – 1970)
*Simple Gifts Joseph Brackett, arr. Stephen Caracciolo
(1797 – 1882)
*Somewhere Leonard Bernstein
(1918 – 1990)
* This work can be found on a Cantus recording.
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