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Acclaimed vocal ensemble to play Bethel

WILLMAR — Since 2001, the Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble Cantus has released 17 albums through its self-titled label, garnering much acclaim. On Friday, the group will perform at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar as part of the “Music at Bethel” series.

The concert, dubbed “The Four Loves,” will feature four new works and looks at love through the perspectives of romance, spirituality, family and friendship.

One of the country’s only two full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown to prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. According to a release, the nine group members work without a conductor and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

The group’s most-recent recording, “A Harvest Home,” was released in 2014, and was featured in the New York Times and Fanfare Magazine.

Following a 2013 performance, NPR wrote “in listening to Cantus, you understand that there’s something about a group of people singing that touches listeners on a very human level. Perhaps it explains why so many of us sing — and not just in the shower.”

Cantus has also made a name for itself as a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The group’s 2015-16 tour includes performances in New York City, Denver, Tucson, Detroit and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., as well as a concert in South America.

Tickets for the Bethel concert are $10 and are available in advance at the church office, online at or at the door on the day of the concert.

For more information, call Bethel Lutheran Church at 320-235-5450. The church is located at 411 Becker Ave. S.W. in downtown Willmar.

Dan Burdett

Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.

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