The [[link:http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ type:ext text:Wabasha Caves]] in St. Paul were built as mines in the 1840's. They have been home to gangsters, nightclubs (including a speakeasy during prohibition), and even a mushroom farm. Recently, however, the caves played host to the male vocal ensemble: [[link:http://www.cantusonline.org/concerts/cantusconcerts.htm type:ext text:Cantus]].
As Classical Minnesota Public Radio's [[link:http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/ongoing/artists-in-residence/ type:ext text:artist in residence]], Cantus has been traveling around the state recording their magical blend of nine voices in unsuspecting places. When you click on the link, be sure to check out the video of the group performing in the caves.
Previously, Minnesota Sounds featured the group singing under the bridge that connects Lake Calhoun to Lake of the Isles. Water and passers-by gave those songs an upbeat feeling of connectedness.
The darkness and isolation of the caves influenced the song choices and mood of the singers. The caves were carved from sandstone, which gives off unique reflections that only add to the atmosphere of the space.
Cantus is looking for suggestions of places around the state to sing -- parks, caves, towers, igloos and other sites. If you have an idea [[link:http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/user/form_display.php?isPIJ=Y&form_code=c151104024d3 type:ext text:send it in for consideration]].
- Tim Takach Timothy C. Takach is a professional composer based in Minneapolis. He is a singer with the professional male vocal ensemble Cantus, does freelance graphic design work, and runs Graphite Publishing along with co-founder Jocelyn Hagen.
- Cantus: Under the bridge The men of Cantus take their voices out of the concert hall and under a bridge.