Cantate presents Duality, our 2023-2024 season of pairings and perspectives. Each concert on this exceptional season tells at least two sides to a story, exploring the complexity and universality of our shared experiences through contrasting imagery, languages, eras, and styles. Join us for works by Antonio Vivaldi, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, Alice Parker, Gwyneth Walker, Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber, and more. Treat yourself to intimate encounters with chamber classics, a Latin mass with a tango twist, and grand oratorios, traditional and modern, with lush, immersive orchestras. Purchase tickets for individual concerts below.


Saturday, December 2, 2023 • 8:00 p.m.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

In this joyful start to your holiday season, Cantate Concert Choir is joined by an orchestra for three varied settings of Mary’s awe-filled song, the Magnificat, by Antonio Vivaldi, Kim Andre Arnesen, and Christine Donkin. Also on the program is Song of the Universal, Ola Gjeilo’s setting of Walt Whitman’s words of unwavering confidence in our shared humanity.

Featuring Jennifer Casey Cabot, soprano; Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano; John Logan Wood, tenor; and Anthony Anderson, baritone

Brazil and Argentina

Saturday, March 16, 2024 • 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The intriguing rhythms of tango bring new energy to the traditional Latin mass, as mezzo-soprano Cara Schaefer and bandoneonist Heyni Solera join Cantate Chamber Singers for Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango). A cappella works by Brazilian composers Ernani Aguilar, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Ronaldo Miranda complete the program.

Featuring Cara Schaefer, mezzo-soprano, and Heyni Solera, Bandoneonist

Peace and Light

Saturday, April 27, 2024 • 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Concert Choir joins with orchestra to share two lush, immersive works focused on comfort and light. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna celebrates, in the composer’s own words, “a universal symbol of illumination at all levels – spiritual, artistic, and intellectual;” while Dan Forrest’s Reqiuem for the Living comforts those facing the daily pains and sorrows of life while summoning rest and peace for all.

Featuring Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, and John Logan Wood, tenor

Earth and Sky

Saturday, May 11, 2024 • 5:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
4001 Franklin St, Kensington, MD 20895

Cantate Chamber Singers sing music inspired by the earth around us and the sky above us, paying tribute to the natural world with texts and sounds from the sublime to the ridiculous, evoking glimmering starshine, blazing comets, and even a chorus of mosquitos. Music by Alice Parker, Gwyneth Walker, Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber, and more.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, masks that fully cover the nose and mouth are recommended. This policy is subject to change as we continue to monitor local and state guidelines.

Cantate seeks to maintain an equitable, safe and welcoming environment for all who participate in its various activities and functions, both in-person and virtually. We welcome musicians and volunteers of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and creeds, and strive to create an inclusive and creatively stimulating community. Therefore, discrimination and harassment of any nature will not be tolerated.

Cantate, a nonprofit corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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