Chanticleer Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Center for the Arts Performance

Posted: March 20, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Chanticleer choral ensemble returns to Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. for “My Spirit Sang All Day,” a special program commemorating 30 years of vocal brilliance.

Filled with the hallmarks of their expansive repertoire, the harmonious evening includes works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mahler, traditional folk songs, spirituals, plainsong and chant.

The San Francisco-based Chanticleer has developed a reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

The seamless blend of these 12 male voices — ranging from bass to countertenor — a reverence for great music, an unwavering commitment to virtuosic performance and passion for the development and preservation of the choral repertoire has earned the ensemble international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”

Their recordings consistently garner both popular and critical acclaim and have been the object of numerous awards. The ensemble’s 2005 recording, “Sound in Spirit, Sacred Chant from across Time and Cultures,” was hailed as “impeccably tuned and consistently beautiful” by Anthony Burton in BBC Music. Their 2000 release, “Colors of Love,” won the Grammy Award 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,” released in January 2002 to critical acclaim, garnered two Grammy Awards, one for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and another for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

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