Las Cantantes

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1. An array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass: often the band of colors produced when sunlight is passed through a prism, comprising red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
2. A broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence. (

All the colors that are visible to the naked eye; the full range of related possibilities; these meanings both have their place in this program of music, which gives us the serious and light-hearted, the old and the new, and so much in-between, offering a bright, colorful spectrum of ideas and inspiration. For a collegiate choir such as Las Cantantes, this is a crucial part of their musical formation. For the listener, a chance to hear these fresh, youthful, exciting interpretations of this wide range of music.

    Las Cantantes, the only collegiate women's choir in the State of New Mexico, since 2007, is directed by Dr. Maxine Thévenot. This group is comprised of approximately 20 singers who are selected via audition. This ensemble studies, rehearses and performs the finest literature written for treble voices. The ensemble is, at times, accompanied by other instruments such as the harp, percussion, piano, and pipe organ.

    Las Cantantes was founded by Professor Bradley Ellingboe in 1994, and during his fourteen-year tenure as its director, the group collaborated with such important musical figures as Libby Larsen and Dave Brubeck, and enjoyed masterclasses by such eminent musicians as Alice Parker and Moses Hogan. Also during Prof. Ellingboe's tenure, the choir toured regionally and participated in the American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention. In addition to two compact disc recordings with Prof. Ellingboe, their holiday special Enchantment at Chimayo, made in conjunction with UNM Chamber Orchestra, has been heard on NPR stations across the country.

    Under the direction of Dr. Thévenot, Las Cantantes recorded a third CD, My Dancing Day, in May 2008. It features several premiere recordings of works for the Christmas season by New Mexico composers Bradley Ellngboe and Frederick Frahm, in addition to the major work for choir and harp by John Rutter: Dancing Day Carols. It was released internationally in December 2008. To rave reviews by New York audience members, in May 2009 Las Cantantes completed the first ever East-coast tour of any UNM choir to NYC. They also recorded a second CD for Raven Records titled Dream a Little Dream, which features both sacred and secular favorites and a number of premiere recordings of Canadian and American choral works.

    In May 2010 Las Cantantes recorded their fifth recording with musicians Douglas Cardwell, Stu MacAskie, Michael Glynn, organist, pianist and director, Maxine Thévenot. It will be released in 2012, in time for their second tour to New York City (June 7-11, 2012) where they will be singing concerts in Manhattan at Trinity Wall Street, St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, in addition to services at Madison Avenue Presbyterian and St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church.

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Las Cantantes, and Dr. Thévenot - organist, perform Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten.

Congratulations to Las Cantantes for this wonderful review of My Dancing Day in the November/December 2010 issue of

A tribute not just to the spirit of Christmas but to the spirited brand of music-making going on at the University of New Mexico.  Las Cantantes, the University's 20-voice women's chamber choir, does the Alma Mater proud with sensitive, heartfelt singing in such spiritually-charged works as Jean Langlais's exquisite 'Ave Mundi Gloria', the jaunty 'Personent Hodie' from John Rutter's cycle of carols called Dancing Day, and the handsome 'Magnificat' for voices, marimba and oboe composed by Bradley Ellingboe, Director of Choral Activities at UNM's Department of Music.  You'll hear some strain in Rutter's 'Virgin Most Pure' (also from Dancing Day) as the verses are passed between different soloists and choral subdivisions with less than unanimous results.  But on the whole, the choir sounds just fine under the baton of Dr. Maxine Thevenot, an organist-conductor trained at the Manhattan School.  The instrumentalists on loan from the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe's ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Albuquerque's Cathedral Church of St.John (organist Iain Quinn) are first-rate.  From the sound of things, the University of New Mexico would be a wonderful place not only to share the melodies of Christmas but to study and perform music year-round.  *Philip Greenfield*
Available at Raven Compact Discs

Director: Dr. Maxine Thévenot


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Las Cantantes Recordings:

Dream a Little Dream (Las Cantantes)

Enchantment at Chimayo (Las Cantantes

I Just Lightning 
(Las Cantantes)

Stepping Westward 
(Las Cantantes)