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South Milwaukee — The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center will present Cantus, hailed by Fanfare magazine as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” for a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the center, 901 15th Ave.

In "We All Will Be Together," Cantus, winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, explores the reasons behind traditions and includes entertaining, poignant and funny readings, combined with beautiful, lush underscoring.

The group weaves a concert of the old and familiar (including "White Christmas," "Carol of the Bells" and "The Christmas Song") with new favorites (including "A Quiet Moment" by Jennifer Higdon and  "A Country Boy in Winter" by Bartholomew).

In addition to their concert, Cantus will host a student outreach event for the students of South Milwaukee High School during their residency.

"Cantus was recommended for our holiday program this season by South Milwaukee High School vocal music teacher Lee Stovall," said Rachel Sorce, SMPAC's executive director. "We’re excited to present them to our general audience and a cappella students because of their versatility, artistic excellence, and appeal to all ages.”

Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music.

Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. This collaborative work style allows Cantus to be flexible, adaptive and ready to embrace new ideas. The performance — whether in a recording or in a live concert — is one that would be entirely impossible without the artistic involvement of the entire ensemble, its members say.

For the SMPAC concert, ticket prices are for $20 to 45 for adults, $15 to $40 for seniors (ages 60+), and $10 to $20 for students (ages 4 through college).

For tickets, visit www.southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located inside of the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson avenues. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door no. 9.

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