Palate Cleansing with Cantus

After last week’s excitement, I feel like I could do with a bit of non-controversy. Something calming. Something straight-forward.

Something like this:

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That’s Cantus, a Minneapolis-based, nine-member vocal group described by some as “the premiere men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” I don’t know how to make a judgement on that particular claim — does anyone, really? — but I can say that they’re good. Darn good. NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” good. And they’re also a lot of fun to watch. (Large vocal groups with great chemistry are always fun to watch, aren’t they? Isn’t that a huge part of their raison d’etre? Plus, they rehearse and perform without a conductor or music director. So, awesome.)

Not convinced? Try this bit of Sibelius. Or maybe some Dave Matthews. Or one of my all-time personal favorites: Pavel Chesnokov’s “Salvation is Created.”

Still holding out?


I rest my case.

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.