Cantori is an auditioned choral ensemble located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The singers in Cantori enjoy being part of a small, interdependent group dedicated to excellence in the choral arts. We perform secular and sacred music representing all periods of music history, from the Renaissance to contemporary, much of it a cappella. We invite you to hear excerpts of our singing taken from live performance, to attend our concerts, and to support our endeavors to bring the finest choral artistry to our audiences.
A Red, Red Rose
Cantori Choral Ensemble Summer Concert
Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 5:00 PM
Walnut Hills Baptist Church
1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
2020 was a tragic year for so many people in so many ways. Many of us mourned the loss of loved ones. All of us mourned the loss of being in community with one another, of interacting person to person with our friends, and sometimes even with our families. Churches shut down, schools shut down, theaters shut down, businesses shut down, trips were cancelled. Most of us were resigned to stay at home, where we replaced hugs from loved ones with Face Time and learned how to Zoom, while masks adorned our faces whenever we dared to venture out for necessary items. One of the worst parts from our perspective is that musical ensembles, particularly singers, were prohibited from performing together in person because of the virus. It’s been a tough year for all of us.
So we are absolutely thrilled that the tide has turned. We in Cantori are all fully vaccinated, and we are singing together in person again! There is absolutely nothing that can replace the sensation of tuning our notes and chords in ensemble with one another, of feeling one another’s sound waves, of breathing together, of feeling the ebb and flow of a musical phrase together in real time, of making music together. It can be truly magical, and we are so fortunate to be able to experience that in Cantori.
We are in rehearsals now, preparing the concert we were unable to present to you last spring, which we now will present this summer on August 22. It will be our gift to you after a long, hard cultural desert devoid of live music making. We invite you to come as our guests to experience once again the beauty of live choral performance. We look forward to seeing you there!
Cantori Choral Ensemble: Agnes French, Conductor
Judy Alexander, Ginger Barr, Bruce Burch, Joe Dellinger, Mei-Li Garcia, Rebecca Hartt, Jimmy Mackey, Steven Martinez, Andrew Nelson, Jim Noran, Keara Parciak, Ellen Peters, Mary Stutz., and Dan Waddill.