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Feel the Love

All of us at Cantus Novus have been thinking about how much we appreciate you and hope that you and your family and friends are well. Our spring concerts would have taken place in early May, and our singers were of course disappointed not to be able to share our “Feel the Love” program with you.

As a group we have still been gathering weekly on Sundays via Zoom to share fellowship and keep each other updated. We are also embarking on a “virtual recording” project that will bring some of our spring concert selections to life—and we look forward to sharing those with you in the coming weeks.

We are reminded even more during this difficult time how sharing choral music with you, our audience, helps so very much to sustain the human spirit, relieve stress and strengthen community bonds. We appreciate your interest in Cantus Novus and long for the day when we can gather once again to make music together for you.

We would like to present Artistic Director Ed McCall’s program notes, which are posted on our NEWS page. While they are no substitute for the real thing, they are relevant and we trust they will bring you a feeling of hope for the future.

Spring is in the air—and so is love—as Cantus Novus continues our 20th anniversary season celebration with Feel the Love. Those of you who have turned out for past concerts will know that you can count on Artistic Director Ed McCall to arrange a dynamic program that delights from start to finish. It will be no different in May: Within the first few numbers, you’ll journey from a well-known setting of Robert Bridges’ poetry to Tallis’ famous motet on love, alongside a 21st-century take on the latter, before winding up in the Romantic era of Brahms.

And that’s just a teaser. Get ready, too, to be caught up in rollicking, finger-snapping rhythms as Cantus Novus premieres a special adaptation of Bound for the Promised Land, arranged by Rollo Dilworth in honor of our landmark anniversary.

Cantus Novus is an auditioned chamber choir based in Bucks County. Founded in 2000 as an intimate group of choral friends gathering in homes to share a love of music, Cantus Novus has grown to be an established musical presence in the Delaware Valley.

“The May 5th concert was upbeat, inspirational and downright enter-taining! Next time they lift up their voices in our area, you really must attend.”


“Concert was amazing. Looking forward to your next performance.”

“Excellent intonation, near-perfect diction, beautiful dynamic range and very musical.”

Our musical focus can best be described as roots and wings, with programming spanning several centuries, honoring our roots, the rich a cappella choral tradition that springs from the motets of the Renaissance – while our wings present audiences with wide-ranging musical offerings from the best of contemporary composers.

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“It was a luminous program both from both a conceptual and performance perspective.”

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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