Cantate Children's and Youth Choir

Upcoming events...

Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Academy Center of the Arts:
Historic 1905 Academy of Music Theatre

in downtown Lynchburg
600 Main Street,
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(front entrance)

The Nutcracker
with the Charlottesville Ballet and the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

A celebratory opening event for this long-anticipated landmark

The music for the performances of this cherished ballet is to be performed live, and Cantate's role will form a valuable part in it. The acoustics of the venue are said to be truly special!

Sunday, December 16, 2018
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lynchburg

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

A Christmas Festival of
Lessons and Carols
with St. John's Parish Choir

Cantate and St. John's Parish Choir will jointly present this popular contemplative event. The main musical pieces in the program are carols, which are chosen to complement readings of passages from scripture. Both well-known and less well-known musical repertoire will be presented.  Featured pieces will be Veni, Veni Emmanuel by Michael John Trotta, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, Good Christian men, rejoice by Philip Ledger, The Magi's Dream by James Whitbourn, and God is with us by John Tavener.

An offering will be taken.

Sunday, January 6, 2019
3:00 pm

Old City Cemetery:
Bicentennial Chapel

401 Taylor Street,
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
Old City Cemetery website

Cantabile Holiday Concert
(older singers: middle- and high-school age)

The concert forms part of an event at the Old City Cemetery running from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm, and billed as "Holiday Open House and Concert", which was originally scheduled for December 9, and rescheduled due to snow prediction.  Watch this space for further information!

Recent events...

Sunday, October 28, 2018
5:00 pm
St. Michael's Episcopal Church

2040 McRae Road,
Bon Air, Virginia 23235
    alternative street address...
8706 Quaker Lane,
North Chesterfield, Virginia 23235
St. Michael's website

Concert with the Greater Richmond Children's Choir
GRCC website

As the first collaborative concert for the two choirs, this event was a rare treat!  Part of the program was sung by both choirs together.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:00 pm
Choir room, St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue
St. John's website

Workshop for The American Guild of Organists

This was a special private event on the calendar of the AGO's Lynchburg Chapter.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Special Event...
25th Anniversay Concert
Conducted by present and former directors of Cantate

Cantate Alumni were included in the program!

The concert included the first song that Cantate singers rehearsed and performed 25 seasons ago: "Velvet Shoes" by Randall Thompson. Featured were Gabriel Fauré's "Messe basse", conducted by former Cantate director, Gordon Betenbaugh. Other musical pieces performed were Paul Ayers' exciting "Music to Hear", settings of African-American Spirituals, songs on Edward Lear nonsense poems, folk songs about house work, and songs about love. Cantate alumni joined the present ensemble of Cantate singers in singing several of the pieces. The concert closed with a Cantate favorite, Bob Chilcott's lovely "Irish Blessing".

Stand by for a link to the program to become available here!

Sunday, April 29, 2018
5:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Lexington

123 W. Washington St.,
Lexington, Virginia 24450
Grace website

Concert

Cantate presented a concert containing most of the pieces to be sung at the Spring Concert the following week in Lynchburg.  In many respects it was a preview of that special concert.

Monday, December 18, 2017
4:30 pm
Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg

501 V.E.S. Road

Holiday Concert (for residents)

Cantate performed secular and sacred music of the season at this private concert.

The Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg website can be reached at this link.

Sunday, December 17, 2017
5:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lynchburg

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

A Christmas Festival of
Lessons and Carols

Cantate and St. John's Parish Choir jointly presented this popular contemplative event. The main musical pieces in the program were carols, which were chosen to complement readings of passages from scripture. Both well-known and less well-known musical repertoire were presented. There were new and old carols by James Whitbourn, John Rutter, Will Todd, David Willcocks, Ian Tracey, Philip Ledger, and Franz Biebl.

Among pieces sung by Cantate alone was a new composition by Lynchburg composer J. William Greene.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Oakwood Country Club

Rivermont Avenue and Link Road
3409 Rivermont Avenue

Holiday Concert for the Military Order of the World Wars

Cantate performed secular and sacred music of the season at this private concert.

The Military Order of the World Wars website can be reached at this link, and the Oakwood Country Club website can be reached at this link.

Friday, May 26, 2017
6:00 pm
Academy Center of the Arts:
Ann White Academy Gallery

in downtown Lynchburg
600 Main Street (front entrance)

Pre-Film Performance...
Keith Lee film Spirit of The Fallen

Keith Lee Dances presented the new film Spirit of the Fallen by the region's acclaimed dance artist and master teacher, Keith Lee. Cantate sang some American music, including an arrangement or two of patriotic songs, before the screening of the film.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
3:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Annual Spring Concert: "Sing Spring In!"

In the 2016-17 year's Spring Concert the choir sang a variety of music in several languages. Highlights of that year's program were the French Song Cerf-volant (Paper Kite) from the movie Les Choristes, and the famous German song An die Musik (To Music) by Schubert. Other pieces sung were newly-composed music for treble voices, as well as a 17th century motet by Hassler, and arrangements of American, Scottish, and Hebrew folksongs. The concert was conducted by Cantate's Director, Peggy Haas Howell, with Assistant Conductor Elizabeth Wilkinson providing accompaniments.

The concert program is available at this link.

Sunday, April 22, 2017
7:30 pm

Lynchburg College Snidow Chapel
1501 Lakeside Drive

Lynchburg Choral Union Concert

Cantate joined the Lynchburg Choral Union and a chamber orchestra to perform John Rutter's beautiful "Mass of the Children".

Tickets were available at the door or by calling (434) 544-8344. Additional information could be found on the Choral Union's Facebook page.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
4:00 pm

St. Mark's, Clifford
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 670 Patrick Henry Highway, Amherst, Virginia 24521

Organ and Choral Concert
by Peggy Haas Howell and Cantate

Cantate joined their director and organist, Peggy Haas Howell, in this concert which featured organ works as well as choral works. Cantate sang works by Andrew Carter and famed Paris organist/composer Jean Langlais, as well as several chorales.

The concert was presented by Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR). Tickets were obtainable online at Lynchburgtickets.com/agar.

Sunday, December 18, 2016
5:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lynchburg

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

A Festival of Christmas
Lessons and Carols

Cantate and St. John's Parish Choir sang singly and together in this chorally-interwoven reflective event - of a genre and tradition which has evolved to occupy a special place in music-making of the season - and which has broad community appeal. Presented were carols old and new - by Rutter, Willcocks, Berg, Howells, Gallina, Cherwien, and Lauridsen.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
7:00 pm

Jefferson Forest High School's Cavalier Theatre
1 Cavalier Circle, Forest, Virginia 24551

Lynchburg Symphony Family Holiday Concert

(Space for publicity image: The Snowman)

The movie "The Snowman" was accompanied by "The Snowman Symphony", featuring a soloist from Cantate.
Also, Cantate and the LSO performed "The Season of Joy" by Jerome Malek, which included several traditional carols.

Further information was available at this link to the Lynchburg Symphony website.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
3:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Lighten Our Darkness: a Choral Festival
with guest English choral conductor Martin Neary

Cantate joined St. John's Parish Choir, Randolph College Chorale, and St. Paul's Choir for this noteworthy event. Famed English organist and conductor Martin Neary was the guest conductor. Dr. Neary was the Organist and Choir Director at Westminster Abbey in the 1990's, and at Winchester Cathedral before then. The concert featured Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb", written for four soloists, choir, and organ; with words from an 18th-century poem "Jubilato Agno" by Christopher Smart. Other music featured included choral music for Evensong, All Saints, and St. Cecilia.

There is more detailed information about Dr. Neary's Lynchburg visit - including a link to the concert program - on a separate page at this link.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Spring Concert: "Now Is the Month of Maying"

To mark the close of the 2015-2016 season, our 23rd, the choir sang pieces from a range of choral musical styles. Some pieces had no instrumental accompaniment (a cappella), while others made use of the piano and yet others some colorful sounds of the mechanical-action pipe organ at St. John's. The program began with a piece originally composed for our choir in celebration of its 10th anniversary; and included sacred motets, English madrigals of the Renaissance, a pair of newly-composed American songs on popular tongue-twisters, and folksongs from Canada and the Celtic heritage. To see the program click this link.

Sunday, December 20, 2015
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Christmas Concert: "Carols and Lullabies"

Together with St. John's Choir, accompanied by harp, oboe, marimba, and classical guitar. Featured Conrad Susa's composition "Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest".

Saturday, December 12, 2015
7:00 pm
Academy Center of the Arts:

(until recently Academy of Fine Arts)
Warehouse Theatre
in downtown Lynchburg
Commerce Street and 5th Street

Holiday Concert
with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 8, 2015
3:00 pm
E.C. Glass Civic Auditorium

Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue and Murrell Road

Bizet's Carmen

Cantate participated as the children's chorus in this exciting production by Opera on the James.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:30 pm
The Awareness Garden, Lynchburg

close to the end of the bike path behind St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 1724 Langhorne Road

Music for the Spring Brick Dedication

Sunday, May 3, 2015
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lynchburg

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Spring Concert: We Sing of Golden Mornings

This year's Spring Concert opened with a work by American composer Neil Ginsberg, and featured flutist Alycia Hugo and the choir in Dan Locklair's four-movement work "The Playful Rainbow". Locklair is a well-known composer from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The programme also included Renaissance madrigals, along with arrangements of American, Irish and African folksongs.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lynchburg

Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue

Gloria in Excelsis Deo: a Christmas celebration in music, poetry, and prose

Cantate, St. John's Parish Choir, a brass ensemble, percussion, and organ was directed by Peggy Haas Howell in presenting this Christmas concert, featuring John Rutter's exciting and beloved "Gloria!", and Glenn Rudoph's moving "The Dream Isaiah Saw".

The choirs also performed arrangements of Christmas carols by June Nixon, Michael Head, Carl Rutti, and Alan Bullard.

The brass ensemble played Christmas carols before and after the program.

Sunday, December 6, 2014
7:00 pm
Academy of Fine Arts:
Warehouse Theatre

in downtown Lynchburg
Commerce Street and 5th Street

A Holiday of Yesteryear

The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra accompanied Cantate in settings of popular holiday songs such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by English composer Paul Ayers, as well as works by John Rutter, including "Away in a manger" and "We wish you a merry Christmas". The orchestra played other holiday favorites, including selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite".

Sunday, November 9, 2014
3:00 pm
E.C. Glass Civic Auditorium

Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue and Murrell Road

Puccini's La Bohème

Opera on the James was the producer of this great masterpiece. The version was spectacular in its costumes and stage setting, and again had a rôle for our choir. Sixteen members of Cantate, prepared by our Director Peggy Haas Howell, participated as the children's chorus. The conductor was Maestro Carmine Aufiero, and an adult chorus prepared by Randall Speer also took part.