Cantus will be singing "All is Call" Saturday at Mondavi. The staged concert recalls the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I as combatants put their guns down Christmas Eve and took a 24 hour break. Courtesy photo

Mondavi Center

Cantus concert recalls story of World War I Christmas truce

By From page A9 | December 05, 2012

Call it a concert that tells a tale, or perhaps a sparely staged play overflowing with singing. “All Is Calm” — to be presented by the professional men’s choral group Cantus at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday — recalls the World War I Christmas truce of 1914, when a young German soldier stepped into no man’s land on Christmas Eve singing “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”).

The war-weary soldiers on both sides spontaneously put down their weapons and came out of their miserable battlefield trenches for one peaceful night of cameraderie.

“All Is Calm” features new arrangements of European carols, war songs for a cappella voices and spoken excerpts from soldiers’ diaries. Cantus performed the piece at Mondavi in December 2009, and returns for this encore engagement.

Tickets are $25-$60 general, $12.50-$30 students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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