‘Music from the Mountaintops:’ Cantigas Women’s Choir to Hold Annual Spring Concert on May 19

Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir
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Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir

Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir presents its 17th annual spring concert, titled “Music from the Mountaintops,” on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 707 Washington St., Hoboken.

Led by Artistic Director Hannah Carr, the folk-driven lineup takes audience members from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the volcanic belts of the Andes, with pieces sung in French, Gaelic, Chinese and Spanish, among many others.

The tunes are carefully composed to conjure panoramic imagery of the stunning ranges and the dynamic cultures that live.

The concert will also feature a special performance by Learning Community Charter School’s Early Morning Singers, and a range of guest instrumentalists, including a bodhran player.

If individual assistance is needed to attend, please contact cantigaschoir@gmail.com three days in advance.

The suggested donation for the concert is $20 ($10 for seniors and students).

Due to the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival taking place concurrently on Washington Street, attendees should consider utilizing public transportation or ride share options.

The rich tradition of female singing

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of about 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. In addition to its own biannual concerts, the ensemble reaches out to community groups, including at the Cussack Home in Jersey City, on behalf of cancer survivors in Bayonne, and the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City.

Cantigas has also performed frequently at the NJ State Correctional Facility for women.

Hannah Carr, Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir, is a DMA candidate in conducting at Rutgers Mason Gross School of Music. Carr holds an MM in conducting from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, an Advanced Diploma from the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and a BaA in composition from Trinity College Dublin.

She has considerable experience conducting both youth and adult choirs and presently teaches undergraduate conducting and directs The University Choir, a mixed ensemble, at Rutgers Mason Gross.

Cantigas official website is at www.cantigas.net.