Pacific Arts Series wraps its season with performance by Cantus

Minnesota based group has released eight albums since forming in 1995
by: Courtesy photo Cantus, a nine-member, Minnesota based all-male vocal ensemble, will perform at Pacific University in Forest Grove Saturday.

The Pacific University Performing Arts Series has spent its 2010-11 season bringing music from around the world to the Forest Grove stage.

From the Quebecois folk of De Temps Antan to the Irish sound of Dervish and Portland's own Copacabana-style act Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, the series has focused on a diverse smattering of sounds both traditional and modern.

The 17-year-old series, curated by university events director Paula Thatcher, wraps up its season with Saturday's performance by renowned nine-piece, all male vocal ensemble Cantus.

The group, which has recorded eight albums since forming in 1995, specializes in the bel canto style of singing, an Italian tradition rooted in opera and sacred songs.

Based in Minnesota, the group has garnered praise during its constant touring in the U.S. and Europe. Its latest album, 'That Eternal Day,' explores traditional American music and was released in February.

Cantus plays this Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Pacific University's Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located at 2043 College Way in Forest Grove.

This final installment of this year's performing arts series is presented by Tuality Healthcare. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit