Students at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School in Fort Myers had the opportunity to experience a live concert when the vocal ensemble Cantus performed at a private concert in the school’s auditorium.
The March 6 concert by the touring men’s vocal group was part of the Fort Myers Community Concert Association's outreach program for Lee County public school students, a release on the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce website said.
“We provide seats for each of our concerts at no cost to students in Lee County public schools, but we realize that not all students have the ability to get to our weeknight performances," Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann said in the release. "To expose as many young people as possible to classical music, our board of directors decided to take some of our concerts to the students.”
Mann said the association chose Cantus for its school outreach because “they have been so well received by other communities and we thought they would be perfect for our student outreach program,” the release said.
The musicians performed for about an hour and then the floor was opened to questions from students.
Cantus has been described by the Washington Post as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refered to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making, the release said.