Choral Group Chanticleer to Return to Center for the Arts

Posted: October 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

With singing described as “breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style,” by the Boston Globe, Chanticleer returns to the Center for the Arts in “Love’s Messengers,” a brand-new program saluting the ways of the heart.

Photo by Lisa Kohler

Chanticleer is celebrating its 29th season as the world’s premier a cappella male choral ensemble. Their program, “Love’s Messengers,” will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

The San Francisco-based Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”

Chanticleer performs works by masters such as Guerrero, Gesualdo, Orlando di Lasso, Poulenc and Messiaen, along with folk songs, spirituals and familiar gems.

Their recordings garner both popular and critical acclaim, as well as numerous awards. Their 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: for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

This performance is sponsored by Sterling Capital Management.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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