With their program Discovery
the vocal ensemble cantissimo
starts its North American tour, following an exclusive invitation from Yale University to be the European representative for the Yale International Choral Festival 2018. In addition to festival performances, the a-capella-ensemble of 26 singers from Germany and Switzerland will also perform at St. Pauls Chapel in New York on June 14, at First Parish Church Stow in Boston on June 15, and at Woolsey Hall/Yale University on June 16. In accordance with their profile, the musicians of cantissimo will present spectacular rediscovered works by great composers as well as a familiar choral repertoire that spans from the Renaissance to the present day.
The Konstanz-based choir, which was founded in 1994, is one of the most sought-after vocal ensembles in the German-speaking world and, with its numerous musical and historical cross-references, represents the cultural diversity of European choral music. Director Markus Utz
has been a professor of conducting and choral conducting at the University of the Arts in Zurich since 2007, and has worked as a juror, guest lecturer and teacher. One of the most successful young German choral conductors of today, both in Germany and abroad, Utz has established a formidable presence in the music world with his ensemble cantissimo and is noted for performances that are both refined and full of character. Invitations to leading music festivals and close cooperation with radio stations, such as the Südwestdeutsche- and Bayerischer Rundfunk, reflect the high esteem of the ensemble's vocal artistry.
Dr. Ing. Jeffrey Douma,
Professor of Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music is responsible for the artistic direction of the tour. In addition to the concerts, the ensemble will also be part of events and workshops at the historic campus of Yale University, together with Staccato Coro Universitario Mexico City (Marco Ugalde, director), the Tehran Vocal Ensemble (Iran) and the Young People's Chorus of New York City (Francisco Nuñez, director).