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Our fall concerts entitled “CATALYST” are now here!
STILL TO COME:
Catalyst #2 – Sunday October 21, 2018 – 3:00pm in DeKalb, IL
Catalyst #3 – Sunday November 4, 2018 – 3:00pm in Northbrook, IL

These concerts will provide a fusion of art and ideas to connect with the community and the world around us in a journey of creative expression.

As part of a celebration of the 100th birth year of Leonard Bernstein, the program includes “The Lark,” a choral work Bernstein composed to be used in a play telling the story of Joan of Arc, a single voice who stood up to change the fortunes of France.

The balance of the concert will explore the theme of individuals providing a catalyst for change; from contemporary voices highlighting issues of social justice, to explorations of how historical composers, such as Des Prez and Brahms, used their musical voices to change the direction of music in their time.

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ABOUT

Cor Cantiamo is a professional 24-voice touring choral ensemble, conceived and initiated in 2009 by Dr. Eric A. Johnson, esteemed Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians in the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois area brought together by a love of fine choral music. The group’s vision is to perform contemporary choral compositions of the highest quality and promote the continued creation and success of such compositions and the composers who write them.

For our history, members & staff, please visit our ABOUT PAGE.

ACCOLADES

“Cor Cantiamo is an outstanding chamber choir and a committed champion of contemporary choral music. Under the baton of Eric Johnson the ensemble brilliantly performed several of my most challenging works. Maestro Johnson and Cor Cantiamo represent choral artistry at its finest and it was a distinct privilege to participate with this gifted conductor and splendid choir in concert.”
   ~ Morten Lauridsen

“Cor Cantiamo is… an ambitious ensemble representing the kind of professional excellence in choral music examples of which are few and far between.”
   ~ Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

“My experiences working with Eric have been incredible. I love the cohesiveness he creates with his singers. Eric’s passion and commitment to produce quality music was inspirational to me when composing for this outstanding ensemble.”
   ~ Stacey Gibbs

“Cor Cantiamo… welcomes contemporary repertoire into their programming seamlessly and with open arms. I can only hope that as many composers as possible get the chance to write for this ensemble – their music will be treated so well.”
~ Timothy Takach.

This video below is an overview of our work:  For more videos of our live performances, and details of our recorded CD albums, please visit our MUSIC PAGE.

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  • “Cor Cantiamo is an outstanding chamber choir and a committed champion of contemporary choral music. Under the baton of Eric Johnson the ensemble brilliantly performed several of my most challenging works. Maestro Johnson and Cor Cantiamo represent choral artistry at its finest and it was a distinct privilege to participate with this gifted conductor and splendid choir in concert.”

    Morten Lauridsen
  • “My experiences working with Eric have been incredible. I love the cohesiveness he creates with his singers. Eric’s passion and commitment to produce quality music was inspirational to me when composing for this outstanding ensemble.”

    Stacey Gibbs
  • “Cor Cantiamo is a relatively new but ambitious ensemble representing the kind of professional excellence in choral music examples of which are few and far between.”

    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi