2019-2020 Season

For the safety of our singers and audience members during the ongoing public health emergency, Cantilena is postponing our April 25, 2020 Spring concert until sometime in the Fall of 2020. Further details will be available once we are able to return to our weekly rehearsals. Please stay tuned.

Spring 2020 (postponed)

Earth Song:

Women's Voices for a Livable Planet

This program honors the natural world (earth, oceans, forests, animals) and communicates the urgent need to act to protect our children and millions of living organisms from a threatened future.


Cantilena aims to heighten peoples’ awareness of ecological splendor and upheaval through choral music.
In connection with Earth Day 2020, Cantilena spotlights the state of climate crisis with a new work for women’s voices by Giselle Wyers. 

Cantilena believes the state of our planet - an urgent topic - has been missing from choral literature. To bring this existential crisis into the choral canon, the chorus has commissioned a multi-movement work for women’s voices. Texts for this choral premiere are drawn from the powerful and truthful words of our sisters. Drawing from diverse sources, including the words of Greta Thunberg, Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Deming and Denise Levertov, the Seattle based composer Giselle Wyers addresses environmental changes that have already occurred and the inevitable changes yet to come, and concludes with a call for all of us to act now to forestall even greater disaster.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

We are thrilled that this concert is part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2020!


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Fall 2019

Fire Flowers:

Hope and the Resilience of the Human Spirit


December 8, 2019 (Sunday) at 4:00pm

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 will be 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 planned for 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.

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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

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