Coming Thursday to ECA: Cantus vocal ensemble retells World War I holiday story

The Cantus

Here’s what’s coming up this Thursday night at the Edmonds Center for the Arts:

It was a Christmas miracle of epic, and incredibly human, proportions: In 1914, during the hellish depths of World War I’s Western Front trench warfare, German soldiers started singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, and soon their Allied enemies across the way were singing festive tunes back at them.

A temporary truce ensued, as something of a soldier’s holiday revue continued through to Christmas day, with numerous impromptu vocal performances. There were even improvised gifts exchanged.

For this fascinating, heartwarming show entitled All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the nine men of acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus recount this improbable, real-life occurrence through storytelling and song.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. For tickets, visit the ECA website.

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