Cor Cantiamo to Perform in JJC Musica Viva Concert Nov. 8

Cor Cantiamo, a professional chamber choir directed by Dr. Eric Johnson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University, will perform in the Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department’s Musica Viva series on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church, 416 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. The JJC Chamber Singers, under the direction of JJC Professor of Music Philip Spencer, will open the concert with a set of three Christmas pieces.

The first part of Cor Cantiamo’s program will include works that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, including “Standing As I Do Before God,” by British composer Cecilia McDowal. This song celebrates Edith Cavell, a British nurse who helped more than 200 allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. German forces later executed Cavell on Oct. 12, 1915.

The concert will also feature the haunting poem, “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, as well as composers Jake Runestad, Roxanna Panufnik, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Renaissance Master Tomás Luis de Victoria.

The JJC Chamber Singers will then join Cor Cantiamo later in the concert for a performance of “Ave Maria,” by Franz Biebal. The program will conclude with new choral music from Brazil.

The Fine Arts Department has started a new Musica Viva Donors Fund, which will keep future programs free and ensure that the series features high quality musicians. Contributors will receive recognition and reserved choice of seats for the season. For every $50 donation, one free admission to the Feb. 21 New Orleans Brunch will also be provided.

To contribute, or for more information about the Musica Viva series or JJC’s Fine Arts Department, call 815-280-2223 or visit

JJC’s Musica Viva series, coordinated by Professor of Music Philip Spencer, includes guest performances throughout the academic year by JJC faculty and visiting artists. It is funded by a JJC Foundation Awards for Excellence grant. For more information about the Musica Viva series or JJC’s Fine Arts Department, call 815-280-2223 or visit

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