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Cantate Carlisle

Cantate Carlisle, pictured here in 2014, will hold its spring concert.

Cantate Carlisle will present “America’s Musical Roots” this weekend with Cantate Young Voices and The Unity Singers of Carlisle.

Cantate Carlisle invites listeners to explore the roots of American folk music with selections that feature the sounds of Appalachia and the Deep South, and showcase styles such as blues, bluegrass, spirituals and gospel music. With some help from live musicians, Cantate singers will also perform two country music songs, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Unclouded Day,” before continuing with three selections arranged by one of the guest directors, Truman Bullard.

Other guest directors at the spring concert include David and Beth Kammerer.

Cantate Carlisle will also once again by joined by Cantate Young Voices, which will perform some folk music favorites: “Shady Grove,” “The Water is Wide,” “Get on Board in the Morning’” and “Mary Had a Little Blues.” The youth group will then perform with Cantate Carlisle for a medley of gospel hymns and spirituals sung in the bluegrass style.

After intermission, Cantate Carlisle will perform three blues selections and a set of spirituals before being joined by the Unity Singers for the gospel song, “Total Praise.” This moving song will feature the improvisational gospel singing of soprano Sonya Brown, and the Unity Singers will then perform a gospel medley on their own.

The concert will conclude with a finale featuring all three groups performing “This Little Light of Mine.”

Cantate Carlisle has 40 members, and in this spring concert, the group is joined by a group of musicians, which includes Tony Catalano on guitar, Joseph Cheng on fiddle, Mark Miller on banjo, Greg Rohrer on mandolin, Allen Roth on bass, John Tuzza Jr. on drums and percussion and accompanist Art Thompson.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 for adults and $8 for students online at or by calling 717-245-0144. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students at the door.

The concert will be a benefit for Hope Station, with $2 from every ticket sold benefiting the nonprofit. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Carlisle Theatre, 40 W. High St.

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