Saturday, April 28, 2012 • 7:30 PM
Mayo Civic Center - Presentation Hall | | Tickets
Called "the world's reigning male chorus", by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2011-12, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble's 34th season.
Chanticleer (based in San Francisco) is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. In 1999, Christine Bullin joined Chanticleer as President & General Director. Joseph Jennings joined the ensemble as a countertenor in 1983, and shortly thereafter assumed the title of Music Director which he held until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Jennings has arranged some of Chanticleer's most popular repertoire, most notably spirituals, gospel music, and jazz standards. Tenor Matthew D. Oltman succeeded Jennings in 2008, and retired in 2011.
New this season is Our Favorite Carols, popular Christmas music from live performances as broadcast on American Public Media. Let it Snow, a collection of Christmas music released in 2007, was on the Billboard charts for twelve weeks. Colors of Love won the Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. The world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises was released in January 2002 to critical acclaim and garnered two Grammy awards for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. A selection from this CD is featured in Terence Malik's "The Tree of Life".