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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425, trholm@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

MCCAIN KICKS OFF SEMESTER WITH MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE CANTUS

MANHATTAN -- Cantus, a male vocal ensemble, will open the spring semester in Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in McCain Auditorium.

Recognized as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music and pop.

The ensemble has performed in national tours; subscription concerts in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., where the group is based; for educational outreach programs; and in various recording sessions.

Tickets are on sale now at $14.50 for K-State students and $29 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty and staff, military, and children are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain.

A McCain Conversation will precede the evening's performance at 6:30 p.m. in 204 McCain Auditorium. The discussion will feature Joshua Oppenheim, co-director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at K-State, presenting an overview of the vocal chamber ensemble as a genre. He will include audio examples.