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Lenox Memorial Middle and High School Duffin Auditorium
197 East St., Lenox
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Cantilena’s 2016-2017 season!

Cantilena Chamber Choir to Sponsor a new Robert Shaw Documentary Friday July 28th at 7:00pm, Duffin Auditorium at the Lenox High School!

Now in its thirteenth  season, the Cantilena Chamber Choir is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group.  The Choir has been heard on a special WMHT Christmas Eve radio broadcast of Lessons and Carols recorded at Trinity Church in Lenox. The Choir has collaborated with the New England Baroque Soloists, Aston Magna and The Empire Brass.  Past season highlights include a program of Shaker songs performed for the Hancock Shaker Village 50th Anniversary gala; a concert of works by Shostakovich; an all-Berkshire composer concert; programs for children (see Kids 4 harmony post in our Community section); and special benefits for the Lenox Library and the Berkshire Immigrant Center.   The Choir is in residence at Trinity Church, Lenox and it is a recipient of two Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson award for its concert “Music in the Berkshire Museum” and this past season’s May 2016 concert of Tanglewood Composition fellows. It is also the recipient of an ongoing prestigious Peers grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council for it’s outstanding Martin Luther King Spirituals open sings and concerts.

Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices traces the journey of a small town California boy who planned to be a minister like his father, but instead became the greatest conductor of choral music the world has ever known. At the heart of the film is the mystery of Shaw’s genius. With no formal musical training, he achieved a stunning early success in popular music and later became legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s great choral masterpieces.
An early champion of civil rights, Shaw had a mystical belief in the power of community and could communicate his passion for music with spellbinding intensity. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the latter half of the twentieth century, Robert Shaw changed the course of musical history through the many voices he set on fire with an enduring love of music.

 

 

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