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“A large symphonic chorus is more or less hostage to the major choral repertoire. A smaller, more lithe chamber group has other options and, over the years, the Cantate Chamber Singers, under the leadership of Gisèle Becker, has taken some risks and, from time to time, has wandered into relatively unexplored but fertile territory.
The group’s latest venture in this respect was its participation Saturday in the premiere of Andrew Earle Simpson’s score for the 1928 silent film “The Wind,” starring a youthful Lillian Gish at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. That the choral performance was so embedded in the visual-dramatic ensemble that you can’t talk about it on its own is a testimony to the excellence of the undertaking.”