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Join Cantabile on a journey through Renaissance masses and the chansons they were based upon, Sat.-Sun. Feb. 4-5.

Cantabile is a self-directed vocal ensemble based in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts that specializes in a cappella performances of vocal chamber music from the European Renaissance of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.

Cantabile was founded as an octet in 2001 and made its concert debut in January 2002 at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts with a program of a cappella Venetian Renaissance works. Since 2005 the group has performed as a sextet. The current members are Diana Brewer, Dorie Goldman, James Mead, David Olsson, Peter Shea, and Kayla Werlin.

Now it's our 10th Anniversary and we want to celebrate!  Join us in marking this milestone on Saturday evening, February 4 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley, Mass., and Sunday afternoon, February 5 at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Mass.

Name that tune! The music on the program is a mixture of the sacred and secular, combining mass movements and the secular tunes they were based upon. Composers include Josquin, Ockeghem, Isaac, Palestrina and many other masters of the Renaissance. We will be joined by special guests playing an array of Renaissance-style string and wind instruments, for a sound and texture treat.

For example, the first work on the program will be Josquin's Petite camusette (listen to Cantabile sing it on the video above) which will be followed by the Kyrie from Missa Petite camusette by Marbrianus de Orto and then an instrumental setting of the same tune. And so on, through an entire mass of songs!

The money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help us pay our guest musicians (one is coming all the way from Montreal!) as well as rental fees and other expenses.

Please visit us as www.cantabile.us to learn more.

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