A Chanticleer Christmas to Be Performed Dec. 7

Posted: December 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Center for the Arts Concert Hall is the setting for A Chanticleer Christmas, a program of stylishly arranged and beautifully performed a cappella music from one of the world’s foremost singing groups. Chanticleer, under music director Joseph Jennings, brings their lithe, resonant, and exquisitely blended voices to George Mason tomorrow at 8 p.m. An artistic discussion precedes the concert at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Whether singing Renaissance polyphony, jazz, or gospel tunes, Chanticleer’s intonation and interesting interpretations are unparalleled in the world of vocal music today. With its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from pure countertenor to rich bass, Chanticleer has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”

The program begins with Gregorian Chant, proceeding through Renaissance works and settings of sacred texts by 16th century masters, including England’s John Taverner and Spain’s Tomas Luis de Victoria. Franz Biebl’s haunting “Ave Maria” leads off the program’s second half, which is completed by the group’s traditional Christmas medley, including “What Child is This?” “Mary and the Baby,” and “Jerusalem in the Morning.”

Tickets are $42, $34, and $21. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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