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March 21, 2014

OCA series to continue with Cantus

Cantus, the Minneapolis-St. Paul group hailed as the country’s “premier men’s vocal ensemble” by Fanfare magazine, will headline Oneonta Concert Association’s next series concert on March 28.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. OCA Young Artist Zoe Fuentes of DeLancey will open with a short vocal set. The event is the third in OCA’s five-concert season.

The nine members of Cantus, who rehearse and perform without a conductor, are renowned for their “trademark warmth and charisma,” according to a media release. In Oneonta, the group will offer its signature work “A Place for Us,” which celebrates the national identity, plus folk songs, spirituals and selections by celebrated composers.

Cantus performs more than 60 concerts a year in national and international tours, as well as concerts in its Twin Cities home. The group also hosts frequent workshops and master classes, and has released 15 albums. Cantus last appeared in Oneonta in 2009.

Opening the concert will be 13-year-old Zoe Fuentes. The Delaware Academy soprano has opened for children’s recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith, and has scored “outstanding” on all New York State School Music Association vocal competition solos. The opener is part of OCA’s Young Artists program, highlighting talented young area performers before each concert.

Admission is $25 for adults; $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at The Green Toad Bookstore at 198 Main St. and at The Eighth Note music store at 10 S. Main St., both in Oneonta. Advance tickets are recommended.

This is the OCA’s 86th season of presenting concerts for the community.

For information, OneontaConcertAssociation.org. For reservations, call 433-7252.

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