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Inventive Cantori program showcases incidental music for the stage
by Ann Stedman for Vocal Area Network
Posted October 24, 2006

Mark ShapiroNow in its 23rd season, the noted chamber chorus Cantori New York is feeling a heightened zest for the imaginative programming and thorough musical preparation that have won the group two ASCAP awards, critical acclaim, and recognition in choral and musical circles. "In a cultural climate where too much is superficial and deceptive, we find a joyful affirmation in making fresh commitments to our truth and our music," says Artistic Director Mark Shapiro. "We're renewing our vows!"

Cantori New York is also finding new energy in the group's longstanding practice of working with exceptional artistic partners. A concert to be presented on Saturday, November 4 at 8 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, West 64th Street and Central Park West, offers delightful evidence of these trends.

The program is an inventive one that showcases incidental music by American composers that was originally written for stage productions of theatrical plays. The Tony-award winning actress Maryann Plunkett will be on hand to recite synopses and dialogue. During a recent rehearsal, Plunkett expressed enthusiasm for the unusual concept. "It's as though I'll be doing incidental acting," she commented, gesturing with a dog-eared script of Lill