Vocal ensemble Chanson appears Feb. 9 at Cornell

MOUNT VERNON — Chanson, a male a cappella ensemble known for performing stirring American spirituals, Renaissance motets and popular tunes, will appear Feb. 9 at Cornell College for a Music Mondays concert.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in King Chapel. General admission is $8 at the door. This event, the third of four Music Mondays performances during the school year, is part of Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Chanson’s program for Cornell will include “Rise Up O Men of God,” “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” and “Hold On.”

“Chanson’s impeccable blend and sumptuous phrasing earns these dynamic young vocalists a place in the upper echelon of today’s male ensembles,” says Robert Sieving, president of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

The six-voice chorus formed in 1997 at Concordia College when members belonged to Concordia’s famed traveling choir directed by Rene Clausen. Since then, Chanson has toured widely throughout the Midwest and has released two CDs, “Come Sing to me of Heaven” and “There is Sweet Music.” Vocalists are tenors Matthew Kneefe, Aaron McDermid and Micah Lamb; baritones Aaron M. Zinter and Peter Lovett; and bass Brett McDermid. They hail from Minnesota and Kentucky.

The final Music Mondays concert at Cornell will feature the Peabody Trio on March 15.