Iowa has just one chance to hear Tonic Sol-fa during its spring fan appreciation tour - Monday night in Manchester. Minnesota's a cappella masters have sold more than 2 million albums and shared the stage with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Lonestar, Garrison Keillor and Weird Al Yankovic. It's no accident they're returning to Manchester. Event organizers say the singers, who have brought several of their Christmas shows to the Hanson Auditorium, asked to come back because they found "such a great audience" there. Tonic Sol-fa's music has won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, and has been featured in movies and PBS specials.
Tonic Sol-fa | 7:30 p.m. Monday (4/27) | Hanson Auditorium, Manchester | $10 to $15 advance, $15 to $20 door | (563) 927-3515 or Hansonauditorium.com
One of the world's finest male vocal ensembles will explore the realm of anthems - songs that conjure pride, identity, and unity - when Hancher brings Cantus to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. The eclectic, a cappella concert includes global songs of work, prayer, protest, ceremony and healing, by Leos Janacek, Gustav Holst, Zoltan Kodaly and Richard Rodgers, as well as folk songs from Japan, Africa, Australia, Ireland, Bali and Croatia. From its beginnings at St. Olaf College in 1995, Cantus has grown into a professional ensemble, now based in Minneapolis. The artist-led group has performed from coast to coast and worked with thousands of singers through master classes, festivals and collaborations.
Hancher: Cantus | 7:30 p.m. April 30, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 228 E. Jefferson St., Iowa City | $10 to $30 | (319) 335-1160 or Hancher.uiowa.edu/cantus