2023-24: Our 54th Year of Great Choral Music

 


 

 


Highlights from Recent Activities


Our Pre-Tour Concert on June 16, 2024 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, CT was amazing! We had a wonderful time performing selections from our tour repertoire, which includes a carefully curated mix of music from early and modern-day composers, classical hymns, high-energy spirituals, a fun Italian madrigal, and more. Next stop: the cathedrals of Austria, Germany & Switzerland!

Thank you to everyone who came to the concert and especially to those who participated in the Tour Raffle to support our singers. All raffle winners will be notified by phone and/or email in the coming week.

Email Elana at info@cappellacantorum.org or call 860-532-0454 if you would like to learn more about future travel opportunities.


 


Spring Concert 2024

The Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus and Cappella Orchestra, together with featured soprano soloist Lisa Williamson and the Select Singers from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, performed The Peacemakers (by Karl Jenkins) on Sunday, April 21, 2024 to a packed house of music lovers at the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook. What a wonderful way to wrap up our 2023-2024 season!

In The Peacemakers, Jenkins sets to music the words of peace from religious texts, poets and iconic, world-changing figures such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and the Dalai Lama. One line from the Persian mystic poet Rumi sums up the ethos of the work: ‘All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you’.

Simon Holt, Music Director of Cappella Cantorum, conducted the performance. The Select Singers are directed by Kristine Pekar, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Choral Director.

Thank you to all who joined us to experience this moving musical tribute to peace.  If you missed it, or simply want to enjoy it again, check back on this website. Concert pictures and videos will be posted here as soon as they are available.


Each year, Essex Savings Bank generously donates 10% of its after-tax income to non-profit organizations in its service area.

Cappella Cantorum is honored to be among the organizations selected in 2024 to receive a portion of these funds as a grant, based on the number of votes cast by bank customers.

Voting took place in February, and non-profit organizations will be notified in the near future regarding the grants to be awarded based on customer votes.

Thank you for voting for Cappella Cantorum in the Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program. Your votes will help us keep the community filled with music through our Masterworks Chorus Concerts, SummerSings, Messiah Sing or Listen, and more.

Thank you for your support!

 


Messiah Sing or Listen 2023

Here’s a picture of this year’s happy ensemble and director after completing the 2023 Messiah Sing or Listen with a sold-out audience at the Kate. Pictured from left are: Spencer Hamlin (tenor), John Ong (bass), Rachel Abrams (alto), Lisabeth Miller (soprano), Simon Holt (conductor), and Blake Hansen (accompanist). Thank you all for making this a wonderful holiday experience!

 

Messiah Sing or Listen – December 17, 2023

 

 


Winter Concert 2023

The 2023 Winter Concert was a tremendous success!  Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus performed Magnificat (composed by John Rutter) and The Many Moods of Christmas (arranged by Robert Shaw) on Sunday, December 3, 2023, with featured soprano soloist Abigail Paschke.

The Masterworks Chorus and Cappella Orchestra was conducted by Simon Holt, Music Director of Cappella Cantorum and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of Salt Marsh Opera.

Photos from the concert and reception are now posted in the Photo Gallery, and the full concert video is available in the Video Gallery.  Enjoy!

Photo Gallery              Video Gallery


 

Cappella Cantorum is the premier non-auditioned community choral group of the Connecticut Shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley. Our primary purpose is to give singers of all ages the opportunity to learn, perform and share great choral music.