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Cantus novus at 20—Legacy, light and love

Our 2019-2020 Season

Cantus Novus marks our 20th anniversary season by inviting you to join in the celebration! Artistic Director Ed McCall has mapped out two dynamic, inspiring programs for winter 2019 and spring 2020 that commemorate the legacy, light, and love we bring to the community as Bucks County’s premier chamber choir.

True to our roots, this season will both honor the rich a cappella choral tradition of Renaissance-era motets, and include repertoire from the best of contemporary composers with which Cantus Novus has “grown up.” We will also pay tribute to our past two decades with a collection of “greatest hits”—favorite pieces selected by singers past and present.

Looking toward the future, both programs will feature premiere performances of works by renowned local composers, specially commissioned for Cantus Novus. Peter de Mets of Newtown has composed a piece for winter 2019, in collaboration with Pennsylvania poet Mark Boyle. For spring 2020, we showcase a composition by our friend and internationally respected educator, composer, and clinician, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Music Education at Temple University.

We sincerely thank all of the patrons and donors of our first 20 years, and invite you to join us as we celebrate the legacy, light, and love of Cantus Novus during this anniversary season.

Light Up the World:
A celebration of light

Experience renewal this December as we celebrate turning 20 by honoring our past and looking toward the future. Light up the World will feature the five-movement Lux by Dan Forrest, for choir and full chamber orchestra. This piece has been described as encompassing ancient chants, shimmering light, unconditional love, heavenly joy, and deep peace.

To help launch our next 20 years, we will premiere a work commissioned for Cantus Novus and composed by Newtown, PA-based composer Peter de Mets. Our audiences will be the first in the world to experience this dynamic, dramatic piece for chorus and piano, as part of the Light up the World performances.

There will of course also be lush settings of seasonal selections by Whitacre, Memley and Courtney, along with favorites from past seasons that have delighted, inspired, and pleasantly surprised our audiences and choristers alike.

Throughout Bucks County and beyond, Cantus Novus has become synonymous with starting off the holiday season with inspiration and joy! We can’t wait for you to join us for our 20th anniversary performances of Light Up the World:

Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 PM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown, PA

Sunday, December 8, 4:00 PM, Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $10 for students. Purchase online or email contact@cantusnovus.org or call (215) 968-3414

Feel the love:
A celebration of Love

Spring is in the air—and so is love—as Cantus Novus continues our 20th anniversary season celebration with Feel the Love. This program features the most beloved songs from our past twenty spring programs that celebrate love. From the Renaissance to the 21st century, from a cappella motets to Broadway ballads and beyond, this concert will leave you feeling uplifted and with a song in your heart.

With an eye toward the future, Feel the Love will premiere a newly commissioned work by Dr.Rollo Dilworth, composed in honor of Cantus Novus and our 20th season. Dr. Dilworth is a friend of the choir and an internationally respected educator, composer, and clinician who is professor of Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Feel the Love focuses on what has made Cantus Novus beloved by our audience and donors throughout the years: audience favorites and Cantus Novus “standards,” along with a much anticipated world premiere. Join us this May, and Feel the Love!

Friday, May 1, 8:00 PM, Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA

Saturday, May 2, 8:00 PM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown,PA

Sunday, May 3, 4:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

Cantus Novus is sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, by the New York Life Foundation, and by Visit Bucks County Pennsylvania.
Cantus Novus is a member of Chorus America and the Guild for Early Music
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