Act II


Traditional, transcribed by Jeffrey Ames

Performed by combined choirs of Cantus; featuring Justin Ravago; Solo Group: Warren Bodily,
Cader Dunkley, Josh Hessing, Eric Larson, Brandon Hall, Logan McNatt, Josh Montierth, Calvin Pineda; Percussion: Jacob Hutchings, Braden Thomas, Dallin Thomas

Tshotsholoza is a popular South African freedom song and is often referred to as the unofficial anthem. It was used in the soundtrack of the movie Invictus, and served as South Africa’s “battle call” at the 2010 World Cup. The word tshotsholoza was derived from the onomatopoeic sounds of train wheels. Cantus will perform this song at the Choirs of America Festival in San Francisco on our March tour.

Go forward, to the faraway mountains 
Hurry away, to the faraway mountains
The steam train comes from South Africa

To Dream

Music by Zach Carroll, Lyrics by Braden Thomas, Orchestrated by Keith McCauley

Zach Carroll, Braden Thomas 

Inscription of Hope

Randall Stroope

Performed by Chorale; featuring Carlee Baldwin, ASL interpretation; narration: Abigail Cox;
Descant: Jillian Andersen, Aria Baker, Logan Beal, Abbigail Burley, Daxton Cook, Maggie Dunkley,
Clara Elton, Katie McCauley, Lexi McCauley, Olivia Nielsen, Addyson Preece, Gracie Richards,
Grace Salyards, Vanessa Schliep, Brooklyn Siegner, Dutchlin Stull, Molly Ward, Savannah Young;
ASL: Ethan Carroll, Maren Gardiner, Lainey Gresham, Zoe Thompson

The Holocaust is a stunning reminder of the tragic results of prejudice and hate toward other people. But it is also a reminder that hope held firm will eventually reign victorious over the greatest of odds. The following words were inscribed on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Hope was all they had to hold on to; hope was their only bridge to a brighter tomorrow.

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Jeff Funk, percussion arr. Melody Paskett

Performed by Chorale; Sung solos: Megan Christensen, Eli Norton, Natalee Richards, Parker Roope, Audrie Seamons; Spoken solos: Kristin Anderson, Adam Hirschi; Percussion: Damian Berry, Daxton Cook, Benjamin Jarvis, Deacon Langston, Weston Odom, Simone Roope, Landen Thomas, Spencer Walker

Breath of Heaven

Arr. Craig Courtney

Featuring Emeline Walker; Ensemble: Hanna Chugg, Camryn Crisostomo, Moriah Elton, Emily Foutz, Malia Hammond, Bailee Morrison, Esther Schofield, Katelyn Stanger, Rebekah Walker, Kristen Yorgason, Tori Young

What Child Is This?

Paul Halley

Performed by Concert Choir; Descant: Cami Atwood, Davis Cook, Christopher Dunkley, Sam Foutz,
Caden Gamez, Ella Hessing, Andrew Paternoster, Callie Odom, Laney Olson, Makenzie Gamez, Remi Stull, Grace Rogers, Natalie Walker, Kinsley Wardle, Maren Wycherly

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Audrey Snyder

Performed by Concert Choir; featuring Kinsley Wardle, Ella Hessing

Introducing David Young, Organist

Carillon on a Ukrainian Carol

Gerald Near

David Young, organ

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


Performed by Virtuoso Singers, featuring Emma Milton, Brooke Elton, Morgan Morrison,
Janie Loertscher, Adam Foutz, Lukas Foutz, Luke McKinlay, Gabe Norton

Child of God

Emily Crocker

Performed by Virtuoso Singers; featuring Madeline Eidson, Kayla McCauley

Introducing Sharon Davis, Soprano

Song to the Moon from RUSALKA

Antonín Dvořák, Arr. Keith McCauley

Performed by Sharon Davis, soprano; David Young, piano

RUSALKA is a Czech opera composed by Antonín Dvořák and echoes the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Rusalka, a water sprite, has fallen in love with a human prince. In Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon), Rusalka asks the moon to tell the prince of her love.

I Wonder As I Wander

Arr. John Jacob Niles

Performed by Sharon Davis, soprano; David Young, piano


Eric Whitacre

Performed by Concordia; featuring Lacey Bernhardt, dancer

Glow was written in 2013 for Disney’s World of Color, Winter Dreams show at California Adventure in Anaheim. It perfectly captures the magic of winter: freshly fallen snow, the hush of night, and the warm golden glow of the rising sun.

Wade In the Water

Arr. Moses Hogan

Performed by Concordia, featuring Xavier Judd, Tenney Kunka, Emma Larson, Logan Mortensen, Ashlynn Preece; Descant: Hannah Madsen

Introducing The HOPE Project

We invite all Cantus Alumni to make their way to the stage during I Saw Three Ships to join us for our final selection, O Holy Night.

I Saw Three Ships

Richard Elliott

David Young, organ

O Holy Night

Arr. Mack Wilberg

Performed by the combined choirs of Cantus; featuring Sharon Davis, soprano; David Young, organ