It takes strength to be vulnerable. It takes courage to ask for help. It takes confidence to reach out and connect. In "The (masc.) We Wear," Cantus examines what it means to identify as a man in a society that currently prizes conformity over personal authenticity. "The (masc.) We Wear" is a celebration of having the toughness to share our vulnerabilities, for ourselves and for society.
We start, at first, by examining society’s idea of one’s pre-determined role in Sataren’s "Do You Fear the Wind?" The program then dives deeper into vulnerability with Jeff Beal’s "Beneath Thin Blanket." But despite our struggles and trials, we rise, having the courage to strike out into the unknown with Valverde’s "Darest, O Soul," and learning that we can indeed be drawn to a connection greater than ourselves in "Sehnsucht" by Schubert. Ultimately, we can all celebrate accepting ourselves for who we really are, with Sara Bareilles’ "Brave."
As we find ourselves at a moment in history when the idea of masculinity is shifting and being redefined, we ask these questions of ourselves: "Are you strong enough to be sensitive?...Are you confident enough to listen?... Will you be man enough to stand up?”