Chanticleer Performs A Chanticleer Christmas Tomorrow

Posted: December 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 25th season with concerts across the United States, two European tours, and the release of its 25th CD. The Center for the Arts welcomes back this group of 12 singers for their annual program of sacred and holiday music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and a pre-performance discussion is held on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall at 7:15 p.m. The discussion is free for ticket holders.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang with the group until 1989 and erved as artistic director until his death in 1997. When Botto first convened the singers around a dining room table in San Francisco back in 1978 no one predicted the group would become world renowned, with a reputation for perfection and vocal precision, and earning the distinction of being the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States.

Music Director Joseph Jennings joined the ensemble as a countertenor in 1983, and shortly thereafter assumed his current title. A prolific composer and arranger, Jennings has provided the group with some of its most popular repertoire, most notably spirituals, gospel music, and jazz standards. Countertenor Philip Wilder, who joined Chanticleer in l990, also serves as artistic administrator and director of education.

Tickets range from $42 to $21. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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