Meridian Star

January 12, 2013

Cantore to perform at Jubilee Mennonite Church

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —      Cantore, a men's a cappella group from Harrisonburg, Va., will perform at Jubilee Mennonite Church in Meridian on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

    Cantore, Latin for "singers", is a group consisting of 10 Mennonite men who love to sing, according to a press release.

    The group has been performing for more than 10 years, have produced four CDs, toured in six states and given hundreds of concerts in their local community. Most performances are in church-related settings, but they have also sung at banquets, festivals, retirement communities, civic events and male chorus festivals in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida.

    Cantore has no conductor. Matters of style and interpretation are arrived at by consensus within the group. Members switch voice parts occasionally, depending upon the song. Current members of the group, from high tenor to low bass, are: Les Helmuth, Ben Bergey, Robert Maust, Chris Burkholder, Paul Yoder, Phil Kniss, Leonard Clymer, Kevin Eby, Phil Blosser and Don Bomberger.

    Jubilee Mennonite Church is located at 812 28th Ave. The performance is part of a Gulf States tour by Cantore, which will also sing in Gulf Port., Miss., and New Orleans.

    Cantore, Latin for "singers", is a group of 10 Mennonite men, who love to sing, according to a press release. Its members come from many walks of life and include a lighting designer, fundraiser, marketing representative, retail manager, computer specialists, photographer and a pastor. Their common bond is making good a cappella music. Their repertoire draws from a variety of styles and traditions, from standard religious choral works, to folk, international, bluegrass gospel, spiritual and barber shop.