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Festival of Voices - Three A Cappella Groups

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Three of the region’s top choral groups – Cantus Novus, Capital Singers of Trenton, and male a cappella group Cordus Mundiwill be joining together for the fifth Festival of Voices, to be held at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, Doylestown, PA, on Saturday evening, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
 
            At the Festival concert, each of the three groups will present a distinctive a cappella set, and then the choirs will combine for the concluding set, which includes music from Bruckner, Paulus, Biebl, and Hogan. Cantus Novus director Ed McCall, Capital Singers director Richard Loatman, and Cordus Mundi founder/artistic director Rick Rosen and music director David Fryling will each lead the combined choir for one of these concluding pieces. A post-concert reception will follow.
 
      Cantus Novus is an auditioned chamber choir based in Bucks County, PA. Founded in 2000 as an intimate group of choral friends, Cantus Novus has become an established musical presence in the Delaware Valley, with an innovative approach to programming that at once delights and educates audiences. Specializing in a cappella repertoire, Cantus Novus strives for a balance between choral masterworks of past centuries and contemporary works of the best choral composers. Music for this program comes from Shank, Lotti, Washburn, Barnwell, and Copland.
 
      Cantus Novus’ Artistic Director is W. Edward McCall, the group’s accompanist is Jihye Park, and the Conducting Intern is Sam Brukhman, a third-year music education major at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
 
            Capitol Singers of Trenton, a select group of 40 mixed voices under the leadership of Richard M. Loatman, was founded in the spring of 2006 with the mission to promote the art of choral singing, enrich the cultural life of New Jersey, and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the City of Trenton.  Often augmented by the 60+ members of Trenton Community Singers, the ensembles have a performing repertoire ranging in various styles and time periods, including sacred motets, patriotic and folk music, and popular songs.
 
            In the spring of 2010, Trenton Community Singers and the Sinfonietta Nova joined in the New Jersey premier of Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater.  A new CD recording of both groups performing throughout several Trenton venues will be available in December of 2014, as part of “Celebrate New Jersey 350”. Music for this performance comes from Bernstein, Parker, Howard, and director Loatman.
 
            Formed in 2005, Cordus Mundi is comprised of fifteen male singers from the greater Bucks County area. The group’s repertoire includes (mostly) a cappella music from the 12th through the 21st centuries, and covers a wide range of composers and styles.  Cordus Mundimembers have their musical roots in a variety of area singing groups; the group currently counts two conductors, two composers, and three arrangers among its number. Music for this performance comes from Harris, Burchard, Paulus, Horvath, Doyle, and features Morton Lauridsen’sAve Dulcissima Maria, previously performed by Cordus Mundi in concert with the composer.
 
            Cordus Mundi’s recently-released premiere CD, Tracks, recorded during the group’s November, 2013 concerts, will be available for sale during the Festival of Voices for $15.
 
            “We’re looking for a regional audience here, and this is shaping up to be quite possibly the best Festival of Voices ever,” says Festivalcoordinator and Cordus Mundi artistic director Rick Rosen. “We’ve got three high quality groups with three loyal and appreciative audiences, some wonderful and very musical repertoire selections, and we’re in a new, larger venue, so more people can comfortably come hear us. This’ll be a good one.”
 
            Tickets for the Festival of Voices are $20, and are available from Cantus NovusCapitol Singers and Cordus Mundi, or at the door. Doylestown Presbyterian Church is located at 27 E. Court  St., Doylestown, PA 18901. For additional information, contact Cordus Mundiat 650.219.2748, online at www.cordusmundi.com, or on Facebook; Cantus Novus at www.cantusnovus.org; 215.968.3414 ; Capitol Singers at www.capitalsingers.org; 609-620-0160.
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