2021-2022 Season

Cantilena Women's Chorale singing, directed by Jennifer Kane and accompanied by Joshua T. Lawton

Fall 2021

Fire in the Garden:
Choral music about climate change

December 12, 2021 (Sunday) at 8:00pm (livestreamed)
and available until January 12, 2022

Cantilena believes that music about climate change, a topic of global and urgent interest, has been sadly lacking from choral literature.
We are spotlighting the state of the climate crisis with a major new commissioned work for women's voices by composer Giselle Wyers.

The powerful texts for this choral premiere are taken from the words of climate activists and thinkers. Drawing from diverse sources such as Greta Thunberg, Denise Levertov, Barbara Deming, and Hildegard von Bingen, Seattle-based Wyers addresses environmental changes that have already occurred as well as inevitable changes yet to come, and concludes with a call for all of us to act now to forestall even greater disaster.

This concert also features other ecologically-focused choral works, such as "The Blue Eye of God" by Canadian Nancy Telfer and "Greta Sails" by Moira Smiley, and other works that highlight the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Red, orange, and yellow colored flames superimposed on the silhouette of a tree

Past seasons

Spring 2020 (cancelled)

Earth Song:
Women's Voices for a Livable Planet

Due to the pandemic, Cantilena cancelled our April 25, 2020 Spring concert for the safety of our singers and our audience members.

Fall 2019

Fire Flowers:
Hope and the Resilience of the Human Spirit
December 8, 2019 (Sunday) at 4:00pm

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Our Fall 2019 concert presents a collection of choral works for women’s voices with texts that inspire hope and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.


The central work is the seven-movement work Anne Frank: A Living Voice for treble voices and string quartet by contemporary American composer Linda Tutas Haugen. Based on selected entries from The Diary of Anne Frank, the texts and music portray Anne’s psychological progression from fear and despair to strength and hope.


Other works in this concert include Fire Flowers (Movement #3 from the suite Heart Songs of the White Wampum) by Timothy Corlis, A Hope Carol by David Conte, I Shall Keep Singing by Brian Holmes, Starting Now by Jocelyn Hagen, and Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson. 


This concert is supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England.

Concert Location

First Parish Unitarian Universalist

630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476

Ticket Information

Advance Sales

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 from:

The Book Rack
13 Medford Street

Arlington, MA 02474


Sun, Mon, Tues: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices

$20 at the door
$18 in advance
$15 students and seniors

OR by one of the following methods:*

By Mail

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