Tonight I took the family across the Mississippi to the Grand Theater in Keokuk, IA and heard the male vocal ensemble Cantus (whose picture you see to the left). It was spectacular. I am really impressed with the musicians that Keokuk brings to its concert series. Some of the highlights included, first of all, the Introit for Holy Trinity Sunday, sung in true Gregorian style in Latin, of course. I felt like I was at an LLPB (Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood) Retreat! 🙂 Actually, more like a Roman Cathedral. It sounded beautiful. They performed some classic Indian music, which was positively haunting. Without any instrumental accompaniment at all, they made sounds that sent chills down my spine. As their voices blended, you could hear this strange pulsating sound, almost like a keyboard, and music that sounded like flutes playing over and above their voices. And then suddenly I found myself sitting with Jim Morrison and the Doors out in the desert, smoking paote…wait, not really. Seriously though, it was almost spooky the way their voices made those extra sounds just by blending together. I had never heard anything like that. They ended with Billy Joel’s “Lullabye”, a favorite song of mine, done in such magnificent vocal harmony. It’s amazing what the human voice can do. If you ever get a chance to listen to them, do so!
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