In compliance with the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, all remaining Cantare 2019-2020 season concerts and public events have been canceled. We will keep you abreast of our summer and fall plans as they develop.
Making a Difference: Cantare Children's Choirs
We asked our elementary singers to share their dreams for our world, capturing their responses on video. Listen to what they have to say.
Considering Matthew Shepard
"[A] moving, thoughtful reflection" —San Francisco Classical Voice [read full review]
Watch highlights of the Chorale's stunning performance of Considering Matthew Shepard.
Dear Singers, Donors, Volunteers, and Concert Patrons:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have cancelled all public events for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. That includes both remaining Chamber Ensemble concerts, the mid-April Celebrate! fundraising event, our May 1 Children’s Choirs’ Spring Concert and our May 18 closing concert. We are waiting for the Oakland Unified School District to announce its schedule for the remainder of the year as all our classes and choirs are on an unanticipated two-week hiatus.
We will lose significant earned income from singers’ tuition and ticket sales as well as projected contributed income from the fundraising event. We will soon be addressing ways in which you can help us financially stay afloat through the end of this fiscal year and into the summer months.
You are the backbone of Cantare as singers, donors, concert-goers, children, parents and followers. It is you who believe in our mission of fostering unity, marked by compassion, across boundaries that too often prove divisive, and who allow us to be instruments of your goodwill. It is you who collectively contribute thousands of hours in rehearsal preparation to give to all who come to listen, stirring their minds and souls in relevant ways while bringing comfort and beauty at a time where such commodities seem scarce. And it is you whose belief in social justice drives your financial support to ensure access to that are life-changing music educational opportunities for the children and youth in Oakland that we serve, equipping them with life-skills to enable future success. There simply are no words that adequately express our gratitude for each of you.
During these days, be cautious and wise in caring for yourself and those around you. Fear and anxiety aren’t helpful, nor is making judgments about others. There is no healing, comfort or cure in any of that. I’m sure the virus will appear close-up and personal to some of us and provide us with the opportunity to respond with tangible support. The positive side of encountering this unharnessed virus is recognizing again that we are interconnected, even across routinely shifting lines on maps, waterways, and constructed walls and fences. My hope is that loving care and compassion will now flourish in defining who we are.