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Christmas With Cantus

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Christmas With Cantus


December 20, 2019

Christmas With Cantus is a beloved holiday tradition for Classical MPR listeners featuring the eight voices of the male vocal ensemble live in concert.

From the Great Hall at Westminster Church in downtown Minneapolis, Cantus delights audiences with stories and songs for the season in its annual holiday performance. Christmas with Cantus reimagines three beloved stories: "The Little Match Girl," "Christmas or The Good Fairy" and "The Nutcracker."

Listen now to this holiday treat, hosted by Steve Staruch.


"Love, the God Eternal"

Christmas or the Good Fairy"

• "Silver Bells"
• "Christmas Don't Be Late"
• "Lo, How a Rose"
• "O Frondens Virga"
• "Feed the Birds"
• "Serumpun Padi"
• "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

The Nutcracker

I. Miniature Overture
II. Danses caracteristiques
a. "Marche"
b. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
c. "Russian Dance"
d. "Arabian Dance"
e. "Chinese Dance"
f. "Dance of the Reed Flutes"
III. Waltz of the Flowers

The Little Match Girl

• "O Babe, Born Bare"
• "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
• "Nowel"
• "The Boar's Head Carol"
• "It's Strange About Stars"
• "Walking in the Air"
• "Nunc Dimittis"
• "Be Like the Bird"
• "Auld Lang Syne"

Encore: "Ave Maria"