CAS Winter Festival 2017

Winter 2017: Winter Festival | Light Eternal


The Center for Arts & Spirituality welcomed Cantus and Cary John Franklin to Normandale this winter. Cantus, a premier men’s vocal ensemble, presented a program including the world premiere of Light Eternal composed by nationally-recognized Minnesota composer, Cary John Franklin. Following the concert, the audience enjoyed a panel discussion with Cantus and Franklin moderated by Steve Staruch of MPR. As a continuation of learning, Cary John Franklin offered Composition 101, as our composer-in-residence throughout February, providing instruction in the art of music composition, with an eye toward assisting participants in creating their own compositions.
The Winter Festival continued as we celebrated "Jesus Christ – The Light of the World | A Cycle of Hymns for Transfiguration Sunday". Our interim organist, Dr. John Ferguson (Ferg), created a wonderful hymn-sing celebration of Epiphany and Christmas hymns. Ferg was commissioned to write a setting of “The First Noel”; it had its USA premiere at this event.

The final event in our winter series was a family concert given by the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis with Cary John Franklin conducting.  The concert, "A Symphonic Safari", offered family-friendly concert fare, including demonstrations and a hike through the orchestra. There were even some surprises! 



About Cantus

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, Cantus enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs and recordings. Cantus is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality.



cary john franklinAbout Cary John Franklin

Educated in Minnesota at Macalester College in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, Cary John Franklin has studied with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Dominick Argento and Dale Warland. Other mentors include Philip Brunelle and William McGlaughlin.

Cary John Franklin is a nationally recognized composer with commissions and performances from many of the leading performing ensembles in the United States. His work ranges from chamber music to orchestral music, from choral music to opera. Mr. Franklin has received commissions from the Dale Warland Singers, VocalEssence, Kansas City Symphony, Chanticleer, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera and the Schubert Club of St. Paul. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and Meet The Composer-in-Residence with VocalEssence.

Cary John Franklin is Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and among his guest conducting invitations are the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Washington National Opera and MacPhail Center for Music. Mr. Franklin has served four terms on the Board of the American Composers Forum and is a past Chair of ACF.