A cantata which literally means 'sung' is derived from the Italian word 'cantare'. It is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment and often containing more than one movement. It was originally associated with the Lutheran service and has since been applied to other works for chorus and orchestra.

The Gonzales Cantata is a choral work based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales which will be presented at the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival this September. According to the composer, the piece is not about democrats versus liberals, but about men who had made mistakes and has to face the consequences of this mistakes.

Below is an interview with Melissa Dunphy, composer of The Gonzales Cantata by Broad Street Review's Jim Rutter.

So concert opera enthusiasts, this is definitely a good piece to watch.