Kantorei teams up with Cantus

Kantorei-The Singing Boys of Rockford will be sharing its musical talents with fellow vocal group, Cantus, for two upcoming events.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, Kantorei members will assist Cantus in a free choral workshop from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Hononegah High School’s Performing Arts Center on 307 Salem St. Rockton. The workshop is aimed at encouraging young singers to join vocal ensembles and experience the benefits of performing with other talented individuals. Fourth to 11th grade boys living in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin are welcome to attend.

Cantus and Kantorei will return to the Hononegah Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 22 for a formal concert at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Anyone interested in either of these events should contact the Kantorei office at 877-8976 for more information.

Cantus is a 12-member professional young men’s chorus. The full-time vocal ensemble has been praised for bringing a refreshing twist to traditional choral music by performing everything from Smokey Robinson to Richard Strauss.

Kantorei is composed of 90 boys, age 7 to 18, from the northern Illinois area. Members are divided into three separate categories based on age. The Performing choir consists of 5th through 12th grade students. The Cadet and Training choirs feature 2nd through 5th graders. According to Kantorei’s Web site, www.kantorei.com, its purpose is “to provide a quality musical education, while instilling in each member the rewards of self-discipline, responsibility and dedication toward common goals.”

Joel Ross has served as musical director since 1988. He is assisted by Diane Rodway Knight, who has been associate director since 1999. The group has traveled to a number of countries including Germany, Italy and Japan to display its vocal expertise. Kantorei performs a variety of musical styles such as folk, spirituals, show tunes, jazz and gospel.

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