The Columbia Pro Cantare
The Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers, a group of 28 singers from the Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, were selected for their musicianship and the vocal blend necessary for a capella singing and performing smaller scale choral works. Since 1995 the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers have presented concerts in Maryland at Strathmore Hall, The Dickens Festival in Easton, Zion United Methodist Church of Cambridge, the Evangelical Arts series in Frederick, as well as many cameo performances in and around Columbia. Their annual Christmas Noël performance at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia has become a seasonal treat.
In October, 1997, the Chamber Singers performed at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, celebrating the Czechoslovak Independence Day under the auspices of the Czech Embassy, and premiered in America three works of Czech Baroque composers. To date they have toured Europe three times, giving concerts to enthusiastic audiences in the Czech Republic (1997 and 1999), and Poland and Britain (2001). Based on their reputation as a premier regional choral group specializing in Czech music, the Chamber Singers were invited to perform for Czech President Václav Havel in September 2002 at a World Bank ceremony in Washington D.C. that commemorated Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, founder and first President of the Republic of Czechoslovakia.
to hear the Chamber Singers performing Der Schmid, from
Robert Schumann's Romanzen und Balladen III, op. 145: during the
Fall Favorites concert of October, 2010
What the Critics Say
"...the Chamber Singers gave an extraordinary account of Clement Janequin's Song of the Birds, one of the most difficult Renaissance madrigals to sing. Unfazed by old French, high pitches, polyphony and the sheer length of the thing, the singers had the starlings, thrushes, robins, nightingales and cuckoos of the text chirping away with utter abandon. Bravo!" – The Sun