A Place for Us
A Fanfare critic calls Cantus “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” One of America’s few full-time men’s ensembles, Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth, exceptional vocal blend, and engaging performances of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. A Washington Post reviewer hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and describes its singing as “spontaneous grace.” The chorus regularly commissions new works and has released fifteen albums. The ensemble is a frequent guest on public radio, including Performance Today’s annual “Thanksgiving with Cantus” and two performances on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Cantus makes its Penn State debut in a program titled A Place for Us, which reminds audiences that even in our increasingly complex and diverse nation, we share many common values — the desire for individual freedom, hard work, spirituality, family, and, most importantly, a place to call home. This celebration of our national identity includes “The Finlandia Hymn” by Jean Sibelius, a Judith Herrington and Gail Woodside arrangement of the traditional song “Lakota Wiyanki,” “Anthem: Lamentation Over Boston” by William Billings, the Appalachian folk song “Pretty Saro,” “Gravedigger” by Dave Matthews, Evy Lucio’s arrangement of the traditional Mexican song “El Pajarito Cu,” “Ain’ Got Time to Die,” by Hall Johnson, “Simple Gifts” by Joseph Brackett, and “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)” by Leonard Bernstein.
Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before the Cantus concert.
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Pasquerilla. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.
general admission seating
Tickets are available for purchase at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the evening of the performance, but only cash or checks can be accepted at the concert venue.
Create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount — by purchasing together tickets to four or more Center for the Performing Arts presentations.