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Kantorei’s 33rd Season

Season 32 ended without our typical May performances due to the pandemic. Since that time, we have been assessing ways we can effectively rehearse and perform at a level of quality expected by ourselves and our audience. We truly miss seeing you in person.

Choir members enjoyed several socially-distanced and masked get-togethers at an outdoor bandshell before winter arrived in October(!). While it was heart-warming to sing together again, we recognized this was not a viable approach.

This fall, founding artistic director Axel Theimer announced he would be ending his 52-year estimable career at St. John’s University where he has influenced the lives of thousands of students and music professionals. He also has decided this season will be his last with Kantorei.

It is important, even in the midst of a pandemic, to find ways to celebrate Axel’s innumerable contributions to our art. We know you want to show your appreciation and help us begin a new chapter — one built on decades of Axel’s tender care.

We have created our first virtual recordings of two holiday standards: O du frohliche and Love Came Down at Christmas. We are looking at doing a few more next year, but our focus will be shifting to getting ready for a live performance with Axel at the helm; perhaps at a time when we can also introduce someone to replace Axel going forward.

To celebrate Axel Theimer’s 33 years with Kantorei, we have one final year-end fundraising campaign looking for 33 donations of $33, which will be used to arrange an appropriate venue for our final concert with Axel when conditions permit in 2021.

Continue to sing as if no one is listening, and stay safe.

Michael J. Karaman, Board President and Bass 1


P.S. To celebrate Axel Theimer’s 33 years with Kantorei, the Board has committed to matching all donations through year-end, up to at least $1,500. I encourage you to make your donation today!

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