In recent years, as part of our mission to bring choral music to a wider modern audience, Cantate has innovatively presented music alongside other art forms and joined forces with area arts groups to bring new experiences to the public. Our 2014 production of Benjamin Britten Curlew River will feature movement inspired by the Japanese Noh theater tradition, choreographed by performance artist Shizumi Manale.
From composer Andrew Earle Simpson, we commissioned a new film score for chorus and ensemble to accompany the live presentation of a classic silent film, The Wind, starring Lillian Gish. (You can read about logistical challenges of that live performance in The Voice magazine of Chorus America.)
Working with Bowen McCauley Dance of Arlington, Va., we’ve commissioned daring and delightful new choreography for Stravinsky’s Mass and for Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore. Our commissions and concerts also frequently include participation by area children’s choruses.
Our many guest and joint appearances with leading ensembles across the Washington, D.C., area include the Folger Consort in its celebrated holiday program, the 21st Century Consort, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.