Best Classical Musician - 2011
The members of this innovative vocal ensemble don't just make gorgeous music together, they stretch and play with their repertoire to the point that the old and new have merged into a seemingly new canon. The group's most visible performances each year are the All Is Calm concerts and broadcasts, in which they team up with Theater Latte Da to explore the 1914 Christmas Truce through songs and recollections of the men in the trenches. The ensemble's recent Easter-season shows featured a heady mix of music, from traditional European hymns to American spirituals to Bobby McFerrin's interpretation of the 23rd Psalm. Cantus's commitment to exploration stretches the repertoire at every turn, while their heavenly skills make all of that exploration worthwhile.