An auditioned chamber chorus that strives for musical excellence in the performance of challenging and diverse repertoire, we seek to foster a vital arts community, collaborate with other organizations, provide opportunities for artistic fulfillment for our singers, and share our love of music with our audiences. Since 1977, Amare Cantare (“to love to sing”) has performed masterworks and choral music from five centuries. Based in Durham, New Hampshire, the group’s members come from all over the Seacoast.
Winter Concerts: December 14, 15 and 18, 2019
Amare Cantare’s 2019 holiday concert brings you a selection of some of the best-loved pieces in the choral repertoire, including the glorious motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden by J. S. Bach and Mendelssohn’s Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah. The program is organized around four settings of Ave Maria, by Josquin des Prez, Jacob Arcadelt, Anton Bruckner, and Franz Biebl. As always, the concert features seasonal selections such as Away in a Manger arranged by Edward Cetto and Wassail Song by Gustav Holst, as well as singalong carols for audience participation.
Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 22 Fox Run Road, Newington, NH
Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Church, 150 Central Avenue, Dover, NH
Wednesday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.
Stratham Community Church, 6 Emery Lane, Stratham, NH
Online tickets are “will call” at the door. For purchases on concert day, please bring a printed copy of your emailed receipt.
Our Music Director
Catherine Beller-McKenna, Music Director, brings to Amare Cantare extensive experience in conducting choruses in both community and collegiate settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where she explored a special interest in text/music relationships in the cantatas of J.S. Bach. She has also conducted in master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival and the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute.
Since returning to New England in 1998, Catherine has taught and conducted at Bowdoin College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Maine. In addition to Amare Cantare, she directs Women in Harmony, a 50-voice women’s chorus in Portland, ME, and she previously directed the Granite State Choral Society, a 65-voice mixed chorus in Rochester, NH.
Catherine (who goes by “Kitty”) believes strongly in the power of music to build community. She lives with her family in Durham, NH.
- Clark Bourne, President
- Scott Joy, Vice President
- Liz Smardz, Treasurer
- Morgen Ames, Secretary
- Paula Rais, Past President
- Kitty Beller-McKenna, Music Director
- Mike Herlihy
- Otis Perry
- Charlie Smith
- John Wallace
Amare Cantare is an auditioned chamber ensemble generally made up of 24 voices. When openings occur, they are filled by private audition with the music director. We do keep a waiting list, as vacancies sometimes arise unexpectedly. Please email us for more information or to set up an audition.