The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. This 8-man a cappella ensemble is one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, and has grown in prominence over their 26-year history with its distinctive approach to creating music.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in schools and communities locally in the Twin Cities, as well as wherever they travel. 

Cantus sings “You Will Be Found” by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul


“Finding human connection, and love, in this technological age. That’s what inspired the all-male ensemble Cantus to create Alone Together. The term, “Alone Together,” has taken on new meaning in this age of Covid-19 and social distancing. What does it mean to be “Alone Together,” and how do we find that connection? Music helps address those questions in this beautifully crafted program filled with popular music and classical pieces.” – Julie Amacher, Program Director, Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Alone Together is a special program we recorded with Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media’s Call To Mind for Mental Health Month (May) and features the following songs:

  • When the Earth Stands Still – Don Macdonald
  • Deep Blue – Arcade Fire
  • Manifesto – David Lang
  • Twitter Song – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Calme Des Nuits (Stillness of the Night) – Camille Saint-Saëns
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • You III. You, know … who, are – Libby Larsen
  • A Most Peculiar Man – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
  • Camina Siempre Adelante – Alberto Cortez
  • Disappear/You Will Be Found – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • We Two – Steven Stametz
  • Gesang der Mönche/Gravedigger – Beethoven/Dave Matthews
  • She’s Leaving Home – John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Listen to the hour-long special on Classical MPR by clicking here.