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Upcoming Concerts

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2021-22 Concert Season

Look to the Rainbow


Cantare looks forward to returning to live concerts and rehearsals in our 35th season! We continue to

remain attentive and adaptable in the face of Covid variants and public health mandates. The health and

safety of our singers, audience and staff is our first priority.

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Cantare Chorale and Nova

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 7:30 pm, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church


We are thrilled to be back and ready to present our one-show-only season-

opening holiday concert, Lift Every Voice and Sing. Our Chorale and Chamber

Ensemble singers are joining together to perform eleven varied selections for

you, including Gabrieli’s “Jubilate Deo”, Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata”,

Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, and Roland Carter’s classic stirring

arrangement of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Included are works that reflect on

unity, hope, joy, peace, comfort, love, and surprising possibilities–themes

common to this holiday season. Our Nova youth choir will also be performing,

alone and together with the adults. Accompanied by brass quintet, organ, flute,

piano, bass and drums, we guarantee a festive occasion!


Audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear masks indoors. 


Tickets:  $35 - General admission  |  $30 - 65 and older  |  $10 - students


Brahms’ Requiem

Cantare Chorale, Soloists and Orchestra

Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:30pm, Location TBA

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7:30pm, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

In March 2022, Cantare will present one of the pinnacles of Western Art, Johannes

Brahms’ Requiem. This work stands apart from other requiem settings in that Brahms

does not use any part of the traditional Latin requiem texts. He selects his texts from

the Bible, passages from Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament. He uses the

Luther Bible as his source, thereby titling his work Ein deutsches RequiemA German

Requiem (not a Latin one). He is referring to the language of the text and nothing more.

He also writes, “I will admit that I could happily omit the ‘German’ and simply say

‘Human.’” Brahms completed the piece when he is just 33 years old and without any impetus of a commission. He had nothing to gain from it apart from articulating what he wanted and need to express.


It is a work whose focus is on the living, those who have experienced loss and who now seek comfort in their solitude. Singers are drawn into the mastery of Brahms’ writing, his use of classical forms, his elegant melodies coupled with the harmonic richness of the Romantic period. Brahms is at his best when writing for singers.


If you are a choral singer who thrives on great choral literature and who has experienced grief, loss, hope and joy, this opportunity is now available for you. Singers must audition via Zoom, and have previous choral singing experience. We will be performing this work in English, using the translation provided by choral legend Robert Shaw. Rehearsal information is available here. Tuition is $165 for this series, which includes 12 rehearsals and 3 performances. For more information or to set up an audition, please contact David Morales,


Stand Up!

Cantare Chorale, Chamber Ensemble, and Nova Youth Choir

Saturday, May 21, 2022, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 22, 2022, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

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2020-21 Concert Season

Together in Unity


Our 2020-21 concert season reflected the challenges of performing choral music during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were pleased to virtually perform seven diverse choral pieces with our adult singers, in addition virtual performances from our youth singers, in the full one-hour December 2020 Holiday Concert and May 2021 Spring Concert. We were also able to successfully offer 26 lecture/sing-along Monday evening classes, via Zoom, to over 100 participants.


Visit Cantare’s YouTube channel to watch the full 2020-21 season of virtual music, as well as recordings of past performances.

Together in Unity

Spring Virtual Concert

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm, on YouTube - NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!


Follow this link to watch this full concert on demand! Cantare's virtual spring concert features the Chorale, Chamber Ensemble, and Cantare Youth Choirs in four all-new recordings: "O Perfect Love”, "I Waited For The Lord", "Yonder Come Day", and “Sir Duke”, as well as some of our favorite past performances. We also share highlights from our virtual classrooms and honor graduating high school seniors. Read the program here.

New Virtual Recordings:

"I Waited for the Lord" - Cantare Adult Singers

"O Perfect Love" - Chamber Ensemble


"Sir Duke" - Cantare Youth Singers


"Yonder Come Day" - Cantare Youth Singers and Teaching Staff

Together in Unity

Virtual December Holiday Concert

Youtube, December 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm - NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!

Follow this link to watch this full concert on demand! Cantare's first virtual holiday concert featured past favorites such as “Carol of the Bells”, “Oseh Shalom”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “White Christmas” and several others accompanied by full orchestra. We also offer four new virtual recordings, including “We Shall Overcome,” with a text that is most appropriate for us in shaping a better tomorrow. Our Nova singers join us in a virtual recording of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” and we invite everyone to sing along at home on the classic holiday song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

New Virtual Holiday Recordings:


"Lullaby" - Chamber Ensemble


"Give a Little Love" - Cantare Youth Singers


"Hymn to Freedom" - Cantare Youth Singers and Adults


"We Shall Overcome" - Chorale & Chamber Ensemble