Ensemble in Residence Performs World Premiere


 Cor Cantiamo with Daniel Knaggs

Cor Cantiamo, ensemble-in-residence at the NIU School of Music, performed this past weekend at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (MFSM). MSFM is a biennial two-week music festival offering events which represent diverse religious traditions, promoting mutual respect and understanding through sharing the music treasured by these traditions. Artists from  around the globe gather for two weeks of inspired concerts, master classes and other music gatherings to celebrate the many faith traditions found in the world today.

On Sunday, November 10, at the First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo MI, Cor Cantiamo presented a concert for the festival. The choir, conducted by NIU Director of Choral Activities Dr. Eric A. Johnson, was the featured choral ensemble on the first weekend of this music festival, presenting an afternoon of sacred choral music ranging from master works by Schutz and Sweelink to contemporary works, hymns and spirituals.

The concert also included the world premiere performance of Hear My Voice by Daniel Knaggs. This new work combines the text of a speech by Pope John Paul II, calling out for justice to those oppressed and persecuted in the world with texts from the Psalms that resonate with the same themes centuries after originally being written.

Daniel Knaggs' music is heard in concert halls, churches, and radio broadcasts in both Europe and the Americas. His compositions have secured performances throughout the USA, Mexico, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, and the UK. Performers of his music include Trinity College Choir (UK), Polski Chór Kameralny (Poland), Jauna Muzika (Lithuania), Coenobium Vocale (Italy), Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra (México), Xanthos Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Third Millenium Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Boston Metro Opera, and the Basilica Choir of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (USA).

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