CANTEMUS WOMEN’S CHOIR PRESENTS “WAKE ME A SONG” FALL CONCERT
KINGSPORT, TN - Cantemus Women’s Choir will present “Wake Me A Song” on Sunday October 6 at 7 p.m. at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church in Kingsport.
The choir will be performing pieces such as Andrea Ramsey’s “Wake Me a Song”, Franz Joseph Haydn’s “O Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice,” and David Brunner’s “I Am in Need of Music,” which all feature texts about music and singing. Two “mouth music” pieces will also be featured. The Gaelic influence “mouth music” is characterized by nonsense lyrics and meaningless vocables, in which the rhythm and sound of the song have more importance than the lyrics. The result is a cheerful, lighthearted, and lilting performance. In addition, the choir will perform music ranging from Brahms to the Beatles.
Cantemus is conducted by Kingsport resident, Patricia Denmark, who founded the choir during the summer of 2014. Denmark also serves the award winning Dobyns-Bennett High School Chorus as Assistant Choir Director and is in her 19th year serving as Music Director for St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. For this concert, Cantemus will be joined by accompanist Bryan Underwood. Bryan currently is the accompanist for Appalachian Men’s Ensemble and for the Voices of the Mountains. He also currently serves as Staff Accompanist for Emory & Henry College, and leads the Music & Worship Ministries at State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, TN. Cantemus is pleased to have Bryan join as accompanist while their regular accompanist, Erin Elizabeth Raines, is on a leave of absence.
Cantemus has performed at the Rossini Festival in Knoxville, Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate, and in the summer of 2019 performed a solo concert at the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. Now in its 6th season, Cantemus boasts a membership of more than 30 singers of all ages, that travel from all over the Tri-Cities to sing in the choir. Rehearsals take place at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Kingsport, TN on Tuesday evenings.
“For several hours each week our choir ladies are able to cast off the burdens and worries of everyday life, become connected to one another, and make glorious, soul-filling music together. We hope that the public performance of our music is not just entertaining, but also inspiring and soul-filling for our audience,” Denmark said.