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May 5, 2013

Cantigas Women’s Choir Concert With Diverse Repertoire Including Indian Dancer May 18 7:30pm

Here is the latest concert from the talented Cantigas Women’s Choir in Hoboken. Their performances are always interesting in terms of repertoire and well executed. This is another example of a high quality cultural event that is reasonably prices that makes living in The Mile Square worthwhile.

HOBOKEN CHOIR PERFORMS DIVERSE REPERTOIRE 

DRAWING INFLUENCES FROM AUSTRIA TO INDIA

 Indian dancer joins Cantigas for Women Who Sing, Women Who Dance on May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Cantigas Choir Spring 2013 Hoboken

Hoboken’s Cantigas Women’s Choir presents its eleventh annual spring concert titled WOMEN WHO SING, WOMEN WHO DANCE on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church (707 Washington Street at 7th Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggested donation for the concert is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).

Cantigas Choir Indian Dancer Aditi SundaramThe concert will feature the groundbreaking piece “All I Was Doing Was Breathing” from Ecstatic Songs by David L. Brunner, with original dancing performed by sixteen-year-old Aditi Sundaram, whose dance was choreographed by her teacher, Rhada, in India.

“One of the hallmarks of Cantigas is its bold and varied multicultural programming,” says Cantigas member and “All I Was Doing Was Breathing” soloist Jessica Smith. “With its driving rhythms and emotional Indian modal melodies, ‘All I Was Doing Was Breathing’ is a great fit for this passionate group of singers.”

Cantigas will also perform the melodic “Pslam 23” by Austrian Franz Schubert, the spirited Choral Hymns from the Rig-Vega by Englishman Gustav Holst, and the new-age “Adiemus” by Welsh Karl Jenkins, as well as pieces from Iran, Scotland, Cyprus, and Greece.

“Audiences should come to this concert to experience as wide an array of repertoire as could be fit into a single concert, from Schubert to Sweet Honey in the Rock,” Cantigas member Ann Evans says. “We dare you to leave unmoved.”

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of 40 women of varying ages and backgrounds and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music and advocates through song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., as well as at other community events like the Cancer Survivors Support Network in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Empty Bowls hunger relief benefit in Hoboken.

Joan Isaacs Litman is the founding Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir. She is a native of Los Angeles and has taught students and teachers in the New York City area for 33 years. Ms. Litman is a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan where she directs the UNIS Mothers’ Chorus and a children’s choir. She is a founder and former music teacher at Mustard Seed School and also taught at The Hudson School in Hoboken. With a longing to stimulate curiosity, trust and enjoyment of often-misunderstood cultures, Ms. Litman has focused her musical research on the Middle East, which she shares with teachers in cultural context. Ms. Litman is the author of Song Caravan: Songs of the Middle East. Ms. Litman has enjoyed teaching (and learning from!) both students and teachers throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Spain, Syria, Lebanon, Japan and Hong Kong.

Assistant director Erasmia Voukelatos is a Canadian of Greek descent and has been active as a chamber musician and solo pianist, teacher, music director, and concert series presenter. Concerto appearances include Mozart Concerto in A Major and Haydn Concerto in D Major with the Canadian ensemble Mercredi Musique and Bach’s keyboard Concerto in D Minor, which was released on The Best of Brooklyn CD. She currently teaches piano and elementary and is on the music faculty at the Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ. She enjoys collaborating with her husband, violinist Ashley Horne, and together they founded My Music Garden, a music enrichment program for schools. Voukelatos has been with Cantigas since its formation.

Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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December 5, 2012

Cantigas Choir of Hoboken Winter Concert Features Music from Around Globe on December 15 at 7:30 pm

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TheBoken.com saw this group last year for their 10th annual holiday concert and will state that it is well worth the suggested donation for choral music lovers….

HOBOKEN CHOIR BRINGS THE GIFT OF

HOLIDAY MUSIC TO COMMUNITY

Cantigas’ Winter Concert Features Music from Around Globe on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Hoboken’s all-women community chorus, Cantigas Women’s Choir, presents its 11th annual winter concert entitled A GIFT FOR THE SEASON: Songs from Near and Far on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Trinity Church at 57 Eighth Street (at Hudson Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggestion donation for the concert is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).

“Our theme ‘A Gift for the Season’ was chosen well before Hurricane Sandy devastated our community,” says Joan Litman, Cantigas founder and director. “In light of all of the damage and loss Hoboken suffered, more than ever, music is truly a gift — and unites us by bringing hope and healing.”

The holiday-themed concert celebrates music from around the globe — including a Georgian wedding song “Shen Khar Venakhi,” a Spanish carol “A La Nanita Nana,” a traditional English carol “The Cherry Tree Carol,”  the Jewish folksong “S’vivon,” and the canon “Be Like the Bird” written by contemporary American composer Abbie Betinis with text from French poet Victor Hugo. The program will also feature three movements from J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” featuring soprano Jessica Laurel Smith and the Italian Christmas carol “Gesu Bambino” featuring soloist Michelle Whitescarver.

“For those who enjoy live music and  diverse choral artistry, you won’t find it richer on this side of the Hudson River,” Litman says. “This concert features something for everyone — from sing-alongs of well-loved Christmas carols to the Cantigas debut of a little girl, Addie Mauldin, with the voice of an angel. In the season of devastation, those searching for inspiration and whose souls need to be uplifted should come and experience the transcendent beauty from the women of our own community.”

Cantigas also uses music to empower women with annual performances at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., Hamilton Park Health Care Facility in Jersey City, N.J., and other community groups in the New York and New Jersey area. “The social justice strand of our mission is one that is at the root of who we are,” Cantigas founder Joan Litman says. This year, the group will visit the Jersey City nursing home on December 18 as well the Hoboken homeless shelter on December 20.

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of 50 women of varying ages and backgrounds and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music and advocates through song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., as well as at other community events like the Cancer Survivors Support Network in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Empty Bowls hunger relief benefit in Hoboken. Litman founded the group in September 2002.

Director Joan Isaacs Litman is a native of Los Angeles and has been a choral director in the New York metropolitan area for 30 years. She was awarded with the prestigious “Educator of the Year Award” by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in Washington D.C., in March 2009. She also received the first “Excellence in Teaching” award from Westminster Choir College. Litman is a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan and a member of the summer faculty at the Kodály Institute at Capital University. In April 2008, Litman was the guest conductor at the American International School in Even Yehuda, Israel, and her United Nations International School children’s chorus has performed for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York. Additionally, Litman is the author of Song Caravan: Songs of the Middle East. She is a founder and Music Director Emerita of Mustard Seed School in Hoboken.

Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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June 11, 2012

Hoboken’s Cantigas Choir to Perform in New York City Saturday June 16th at 7pm

Hoboken’s Cantigas Women’s Choir is preforming this Saturday in New York City at the United Nations International School with two other choirs for a night of International music this Saturday June16th at 7pm. Read below for details…

Choirs from Argentina, Manhattan and Hoboken Unite at the United Nations International School in New York City

Cantigas & UNIS Mothers Choir Host Argentina’s Coral Femenino de Caballito in their North American debut performance on Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m.

 They don’t speak the same language, they don’t live the same culture, and their lives are a hemisphere apart — but Cantigas Women’s Choir of Hoboken, N.J., and United Nations International School Mothers Choir of New York City are hosting Coral Femenino de Caballito women’s choir from Buenos Aires, Argentina, in their North American debut concert, FESTIVAL OF WOMEN’S VOICES, on Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the United Nations International School at 24-50 FDR Drive in New York, NY (between 23rd and 25th Streets). The suggestion donation is $10 ($5 for students and seniors).

The three choirs will individually perform an international repertoire celebrating the power of women’s voices, with music from Greece, Scotland, India, Iraq, Syria, and Argentina. The highlight of the concert will feature all three groups combining forces for Rollo Dilworth’s “Dream Keeper,” Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” and selections from Leonardo San Juan’s Magnificat, directed by Mr. San Juan himself.

“It’s a real blessing for us to be hosting the Argentine choir,” says Cantigas and UNIS Mothers Choir director Joan Litman. “All of the choirs are made up of ‘regular’ women who are lawyers, teachers, economists, and writers in their own time, but come together to share their love of music.”

“We’re honored to host the Coral Femenino de Caballito from Argentina to share the jewels of their own musical culture. For many, this is their first trip to New York City. Much of their repertoire is based on traditional Argentine songs — this music is very rarely heard in the United States. Cantigas had the privilege of working with their conductor, Leonardo San Juan, two years ago for the North American debut of his Magnificat. All have agreed that his musicianship was the highpoint of working with him — now Cantigas will have the opportunity to sign with him again, joined by the women of his chorus.”

Coral Femenino de Caballito’s tour has been made possible with the institutional support of the Republic of Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (Department of International Commerce and Culture), which has recognized this performance and his participation as being “of cultural and artistic interest”.

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. The choir brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing and performs a broad spectrum of global music, both ancient and contemporary. The Cantigas Women’s Choir advocates through song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., as well as at other community events like the Cancer Survivors Support Network in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Empty Bowls hunger relief benefit in Hoboken. In the winter of 2010, Cantigas traveled to Philadelphia to perform in the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. In May 2010, the choir performed the North American premiere of Magnificat by Argentine composer Leonardo San Juan, who traveled to the United States to conduct the concert. Cantigas is based in Hoboken, N.J.

Coral Femenino de Caballito (CFC) was founded in 2001 by director Leonardo San Juan. Since the group’s beginning, it has performed a great variety of classical music written for women’s choirs. The CFC has premiered works composed by Mr. San Juan includingMagnificat (2006) and Gloria (2009).  In 2008, the choir was invited to perform in Montevideo, Uruguay, as guests of the National University of Uruguay’s choir. San Juan has also organized a choral tour of the city of Buenos Aires for the Les Pastoureaux Choir of Waterloo, Belgium, highlighted by a concert with Coral Femenino de Caballito at the Basilica de Maria Auxiliadora, attended by the Ambassador of Belgium to Argentina. The choir has performed in a variety of religious and cultural venues in Buenos Aires and Uruguay. San Juan composed his own Magnificat and Gloria specifically for the choir.

Leonardo San Juan (Director, Coral Femenino de Caballito) was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. As a student in Argentina’s National Conservatory, Leonardo San Juan studied French horn, voice, piano, conducting, and composition. After completing his studies, he was named as Distinguished Professor of Choral Direction (Profesor Superior de Dirección Coral) at the Juan José Castro Conservatory in 2001. Mr. San Juan then entered and won the 2002 International Scholarship Prize Contest of the Italian-Argentine Society, enabling him to study choral and orchestral direction in Rome under internationally renowned Italian conductors. In 2004, after returning to Buenos Aires, San Juan won First Prize for choral composition in the prestigious competition organized by the Center for the Advanced Study of Contemporary Music (Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Música Contamporánea). Mr. San Juan is currently musical director of adult choirs in the greater Buenos Aires area, leading them in performances at the National Cathedral of Buenos Aires, The Teatro Coliseo, and Teatro Roma. He is currently on the faculty of the José Hernández Superior Institute of Music, in Vicente López.

Joan Isaacs Litman (Director, Cantigas Women’s Choir and UNIS Mothers Choir) is a native of Los Angeles and has directed choirs in the New York metropolitan area for 33 years. Her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Juilliard School. Ms. Litman is a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan where she also directs a children’s choir. Ms. Litman was the winner of the first Excellence in Teaching award from Westminster Choir College and was awarded Educator of the Year by the Organization of American Kodály Educators in 2009. With a longing to stimulate trust and enjoyment of often misunderstood cultures, Ms. Litman has focused her musical research on traditional songs of the Middle East, including writing the book Song Caravan: Songs of the Middle East. She has studied and taught both students and teachers throughout the United States, and was privileged to guest conduct (and learn from!) choirs in Damascus, Syria, Tripoli, Lebanon, and Tokyo, Japan in 2010 to 2011. Ms. Litman is a Founder and Music Director Emerita at Mustard Seed School, Hoboken, N.J.

Erasmia Voukelatos (Assistant Director and Accompanist, Cantigas Women’s Choir) is a Canadian of Greek descent and has been active as a chamber musician and solo pianist, teacher, music director, and concert series presenter. Concerto appearances include Mozart Concerto in A Major and Haydn Concerto in D Major with the Canadian ensemble Mercredi Musique and Bach’s keyboard Concerto in D Minor, which was released on The Best of Brooklyn CD. She currently teaches piano and elementary and is on the music faculty at the Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ. She enjoys collaborating with her husband, violinist Ashley Horne, and together they founded My Music Garden, a music enrichment program for schools. Voukelatos has been with Cantigas since its formation.

 Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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November 29, 2011

Hoboken Women’s Cantigas Choir Performs 10th Anniversary Winter Concert on December 10th at 7:30 p.m

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH “SONGS FOR A WINTER NIGHT”

Hoboken Women’s Choir Presents 10th Anniversary Winter Concert on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

For the last decade, Hoboken’s all-women community chorus, Cantigas Women’s Choir, has brought the gift of song to the community — and now the choir celebrates its 10thanniversary winter concert entitled SONGS FOR A WINTER NIGHT on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Trinity Church at 57 Eighth Street (at Hudson Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggested donation for the concert is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).

“This 10th anniversary season represents a benchmark for our choir,” says Joan Litman, Cantigas founder and director. “For the last decade, a steady stream of women from our Hoboken community — and beyond — have come not just to sing together, but to spread rich global music to audiences both near and far.”

Cantigas Womens Choir

The concert will span composers from Beethoven to Bach, languages from Finnish to German, and music from canons to traditional holiday favorites. Highlights include “Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110)” by Baldassare Galuppi and Five Hebrew Love Songs by the young American composer Eric Whitacre. “Whitacre’s compositions have caught fire around the world. I first heard the Five Hebrew Love Songs in Tokyo, Japan, last spring and was inspired to bring them back to Cantigas,” Litman says.

And in continuing the annual Hoboken tradition, the performance will feature Cantigas holiday favorites, especially “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Hanukkah song in tango style, as well as carol singing with audience sing-along. In honor of the decade of music the choir has brought to the community, former members from the last 10 years will also be acknowledged. The concert will also feature piano accompaniment by assistant director Erasmia Voukelatos.

Cantigasalso uses music to empower women with annual performances at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., Hamilton Park Health Care Facility in Jersey City, N.J., and other community groups in the New York and New Jersey area. “The social justice strand of our mission is one that is at the root of who we are,” Cantigas founder Joan Litman says. The group will visit the Jersey City nursing home on December 15 this year.

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a“cantiga,” is composed of 40 women of varying ages and backgrounds and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music and advocate sthrough song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., as well as at other community events like the Cancer Survivors Support Network in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Empty Bowls hunger relief benefit in Hoboken.

Joan Isaacs Litman is the founding Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir. She is a native of Los Angeles and has taught students and teachers in the New York City area for 32 years. Ms. Litmanis a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan where she directs the UNIS Mothers’ Chorus and a children’s choir. Sheis a founder and former music teacher at Mustard Seed School and also taught at The Hudson School in Hoboken. With a longing to stimulate curiosity, trust and enjoyment of often-misunderstood cultures, Ms. Litman has focused her musical research on the Middle East, which she shares with teachers in cultural context. Ms. Litman is the author of Song Caravan: Songs of the Middle East. Ms. Litman has enjoyed teaching (and learning from!) both students and teachers throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Spain, Syria, Lebanon, Japan and Hong Kong.

Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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May 20, 2011

Reminder: Cantigas Woman’s Choir Performing May 21st at 7:30PM

Filed under: Hoboken,Live Music,Music — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:00 AM

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Just a reminder:

The Cantigas Women’s Choir is performing at St. Matthew Trinity Church at 8th and Hudson Streets tomorrow night May 21st at 7:30PM. Suggested donation is $15 and $5 for Seniors and Students.

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May 10, 2011

Cantigas Choir Presents “Dancing on Airs” Concert on Saturday May 21 at 7:30 p.m

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Cantigas_Choir_Spring_2011_FlyerHoboken’s all-women community chorus, Cantigas Women’s Choir, presents its ninth annual spring concert entitled DANCING ON AIRS: Songs to Lift the Spirit & Soul on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Trinity Church (57 Eighth Street at Hudson Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggested donation for the concert is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).
 
Experience music from around the globe through song and dance with pieces ranging from German and Greek to Russian and Argentine as well as songs throughout time ranging from madrigals to jazz and from Wolfgang Mozart and Franz Schubert to Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein. Highlights include Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Angel.”
 
Christopher Greene of Maplewood, N.J., serves as the interim director for the choir, which was founded by Joan Isaacs Litman, who is on sabbatical this season. The performance will feature piano accompaniment by assistant director Erasmia Voukelatos.
 
“There are many dance motifs in the songs — or airs — we sing, so our singing will be accompanied by actual dancing including waltz, tango, Greek ethnic dances, and swing,” Greene says. “This concert is unique because of the collaboration between dance and music,” Voukelatos adds. “Some of our songs connect to dance metaphorically and others literally with the use of real dancers. We invited dancers for whom dance is an incredibly meaningful and significant part of their lives.”

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Four members of the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey will perform in traditional attire to Greek folk songs, accompanied by Greek clarinetist George Stathos. An Argentine tango will also be performed by Marco Leal, whose roots are Mexican and Argentine, and his partner Ninah Beliavsky. “Together they will translate the subtle, expressive nuances found in Argentine tango music to the improvised and communicative footwork of the tango,” Voukelatos says. Bandoneon player David Hodges and members of his tango band Los Chantas will also seduce the audience with their unique sound and expression.
 
Cantigas member Andrea Gunden will also show off her Lindy Hopping skills, joined by fellow dancer Robert Allen. Together they will be sharing their energetic swing style to the sounds of a jazz combo, led by local Jersey City musicians, pianist Brendan Kibbee and double bassist Pedro Giraudo. A sultry waltz led by Joe Banahan will serve to introduce our audience to the evening’s dance theme.

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