Cantus: All Is Calm
Friday, December 7, 8pm
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” Cantus is committed to inspiring audiences with music performed at the highest level. Through new arrangements of European carols and war-songs for a capella voices, the multi-media show "All Is Calm" recalls the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land on Christmas 1914.
The Western Front, Christmas 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
With words and songs drawn from the era, All Is Calm recalls the remarkable, spontaneous World War I truce between Allied and German forces in No Man's Land over Christmas 1914. This compelling ode to peace was created by Peter Rothstein, artistic director of Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis and features Cantus, one of America’s finest vocal ensembles, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach. All Is Calm is a co-production of Cantus and Theater Latté Da.
All Is Calm relates an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying each others’ dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling contains quotes and readings from thirty World War I figures brought to life by actors Matt Rein, David Roberts and Alan Sorenson. The tapestry of sound performed by the artists of Cantus ranges from patriotic tunes and trench songs to medieval Scottish ballads and holiday carols from England, Wales, France and Germany. The show opens with a set of carols arranged by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams for his own battalion.
Special recognition to the Gasser Foundation