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, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.