Cordus Mundi

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Unique Source Of Male A Cappella Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 1, 2017

Cordus Mundi Presents Pops Concert Weekend

Bucks County-based male a cappella group Cordus Mundi takes a novel approach to the beginning of the 2017-2018 season by presenting "Cordus Pops", a full program of popular songs, drawn from a wide variety of musical sources. Performances will take place at Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville (11/17 @ 7:30 p.m.), Church of the Messiah, Lower Gwynedd (11/18 @ 7:30 p.m.), and Doylestown Presbyterian Church (11/19 @ 4:00 p.m.).

The "Cordus Pops" program includes songs and arrangements from Lennon & McCartney, George Harrison, Sting, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, Dobie Gray and Dion DiMucci, music from Broadway, and more. In addition to Cordus Mundi's trademark strong ensemble singing, audiences will have an opportunity to hear individual members of the group in featured roles.

"For our twelfth season, we thought it was time to start things off a little differently," notes group founder/artistic director Rick Rosen. "Due primarily to the instigation and inspiration of David Fryling, our musical director, we came up with a great pile of music, much of which allows Cordus Mundi to investigate some new musical territory. This'll be fun for all!"

Tickets for "Cordus Pops" at Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438 can be obtained by contacting the church at 215.234.8020. Tickets for both the Church of the Messiah, 1001 DeKalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002and Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901 performances are $20.00, with children under 12 admitted at no charge, and can be purchased at www.cordusmundi.com or at the door. For additional information, contact Cordus Mundi @ 650.219.2748 or online at www.cordusmundi.com or on Facebook.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 1, 2017

Cordus Mundi Creates Fund for New Music

With generous local support, Bucks County-based male a cappella group Cordus Mundi has announced the Cordus Mundi Commission Fund, an ambitious project designed to add several pieces of new music to the male choral repertoire. Over a ten year period, Cordus Mundi plans to commission and perform five new choral pieces, composed especially for the group.

Contracts have been signed for the first two commissions from the Commission Fund. The series will begin with a piece for the 2017-2018 season from venerated composer & arranger Alice Parker. A new composition from internationally acclaimed modern composer Ola Geilo is scheduled for the 2019 - 2020 season. 

Seed funding for the Cordus Mundi Commission Fund comes as the result of a partnership between Cordus Mundi and the Andersen family of Bucks County. "The musical appreciation and generosity of the Andersen family will enable us to get the commissioning project off the ground and flying," notes Rick Rosen, the group's artistic director. "As we expand beyond the first couple of commissions, we'll be looking to expand the supporter base for the project - the idea is to just keep commissioning and introducing new music well into the future."

Cordus Mundi began life in Bucks County, PA in January, 2005 with a compliment of nine voices. In Cordus' first decade, the group has continued to grow while giving concerts and performances throughout a several county-wide area. In their first decade, Cordus Mundi has worked with composer Morten Lauridsen, performed frequently with guest conductor and mentor Dr. David Fryling of Hofstra University, participated in a concert/concert CD project with WWFM radio, and recorded a live performance CD.

The seventeen-man group draws its singing repertoire from a wide range of composers and styles encompassing the 12th - 21st centuries. Cordus Mundi music ranges from Dunstable to Durufle, from Byrd to Bernstein, from Perotin to Paranjoti, from Brahms to the Beatles, and from Jacob Handl to Edie Hill. The group sings four primary concerts per season, with additional performances scheduled throughout the year. 

"We're thrilled to be starting our commissioning venture with pieces from two major composers," notes Cordus Mundi board chairman Dennis Walsh." The Fund is off to a great start and we're pleased and proud to be making important contributions to the male a cappella repertoire."

To contribute to the Commission Fund, for concert tickets, or for more information, contact Cordus Mundi @ 650.219.2748, online @ www.cordusmundi.com or on Facebook.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 1, 2017

JUST Cordus - Just A Cappella

Bucks County-based male a cappella group Cordus Mundi returns to its roots with a refreshing and inspiring concert of old and new "a cappella only " music, drawn from a wide range of styles, eras, and influences. The seventeen-man group will be performing on Sunday afternoon, April 2 @ 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Doylestown.

Music for the program comes from a variety of sources - from familiar composers such as Bach, Morley, Musorgsky, Schubert, and Durufle, to lesser-known modern composers, including Troup, Parris, Takach, and Da Rold as well. 

Male a cappella group Cordus Mundi began life in Bucks County, PA in January, 2005. In Cordus’ first decade, the group has continued to grow while giving regular concerts and additional performances throughout a several county-wide area. Cordus Mundi has sung with composer Morten Lauridsen, worked frequently with guest conductor and mentor Dr. David Fryling of Hofstra University, participated in a concert/concert CD project with WWFM radio, recorded a live performance CD, and commissioned new compositions from current choral composers.

Tickets for the "Just Cordus/Just A Cappella" are $20 and are available at the door on the afternoon of the concert, or on the Cordus Mundi website (www.cordusmundi.com). St. Paul's Lutheran Church is located at 301 N. Main St. in Doylestown. For more information, contact Cordus Mundi @ 650.219.2748, online @ www.cordusmundi.com or on Facebook.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 15, 2016

Classical Minnesota Public Radio launched the Choral Stream

Here is a free resource for you! Classical Minnesota Public Radio offers the Choral Stream, a 24/7 music stream dedicated to sharing the finest choral pieces and ensembles. They refresh the programming constantly and are honored to share music with Choral Stream listeners on ClassicalMPR.org 
and their national site, YourClassical.org.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 1, 2015

Bucks County Commissioners Honor Cordus Mundi

Cordus Mundi founder/artistic director Rick Rosen is pictured here with County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia at a ceremony held on November 18, 2105 in Doylestown, PA. Cordus Mundi was presented with a Proclamation from the County in recognition of the group's tenth anniversary and in appreciation of Cordus Mundi's decade of service to the local and regional community.

 

 

Proclamation

WHEREAS, CORDUS MUNDI is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as the region’s premier all male a capella vocal ensemble; and 

WHEREAS, the original ensemble of nine men has grown to 18, and both the founder and music director originate from Bucks County; and 

WHEREAS, the repertoire of CORDUS MUNDI highlights cultures and ethnic traditions from around the world; and 

WHEREAS, CORDUS MUNDI has shared its stage with other regional ensembles to expand exposure to diverse contemporary and classical choral music and provides concerts for seniors in a growing number of Retirement Communities in both Bucks and Montgomery Counties; and 

WHEREAS, CORDUS MUNDI donates its services to the annual Tree of Hope ceremony held at the Bucks County Courthouse to celebrate recovery from the disease of addiction; and 

WHEREAS, in the last three years the group has recorded a compact disc called “Tracks” and commissioned two choral compositions to be debuted in this, its 10th anniversary season. 

NOW THEREFORE, do we, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners, Chairman Robert G. Loughery, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, hereby proclaim November 18, 2015 as “CORDUS MUNDI DAY” throughout the County of Bucks. 

In so doing, we also recognize CORDUS MUNDI for 10 years of achievement in enhancing and enriching the cultural fabric of Bucks County. We also applaud the group for providing acces-sible opportunities for residents of all ages to be inspired by the power of live performance and ex-panding appreciation for excellence in choral music.