Premiere choral group to perform concert at Trinity Episcopal Church

Another musical opportunity is offered to the Alpena region with a premiere adult choral group performing “Music of the Masters” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Canticum Novum meaning “new song” in Latin comes from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. The 40-voice choral group’s program includes works from diverse composers such as Brahms, Whitacre, Gabrieli, Lauridsen, Swingle and Tavener.

“I had the pleasure of going over the hear the chorus in Traverse City at the first concert in their series. It’s a very, very well-developed sound with lots of great choral technique,” said Monte Jahnke, a member of Thunder Bay Arts Council, which is helping to sponsor the concert along with Trinity Episcopal Church.

The audition-only choir began three years ago under the umbrella of the NMC Music Department as an answer to local singers who were clamoring for an opportunity to take choral music to the next level. The singers of Canticum Novum come from varied backgrounds and professions, but all bring to the group their vast experience in symphonic, university and church choruses.

Canticum Novum has appeared on stage with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly around the Northern Michigan area. With a focus on new choral works, as well as favorites from the choral repertoire, the group is known for exciting programming, a variety of challenging repertoire and performance excellence.

The choral group is under the direction of Jeffrey Cobb, director of music programs and choirs at NMC. He is also director of music at Traverse City Central United Methodist Church. Choirs under his direction have toured throughout Michigan, Texas, Chicago, New York, Salzburg and Vienna, and have been invited to perform at state and national conferences, including the Michigan Music Conference, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the ACDA National Convention.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Cobb is also a regularly commissioned composer. His pieces have won several awards.

“One of the really appealing things about the concert is the type of repertoire they do,” Jahnke said. “They don’t usually have this stuff performed live because much of it is very challenging, but wonderful music. It’s everything from Brahms to jazz and some spirituals thrown in along the way.”

Admission to Saturday’s concert is at the door only A $10 donation for adults and $5 for seniors and children is suggested. For additional information, contact Trinity Episcopal at 356-0576.