Hailed by The New Yorker as “the world’s reigning male chorus,” Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature that spans 10 centuries, from Gregorian chant and Renaissance to jazz, gospel, and venturesome new music. Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer is known for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass; the group “fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection.” (Los Angeles Times)
She Said/He Said
This program will include a wide range of repertoire including works by composers such as Hildegard, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Nanino, Adrian Willaert, Clement Janequin, Andrea Gabrieli, Maurice Rave, Eric Whitacre, Stacy Garrop, Cole Porter, and Joni Mitchell.
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Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” San Francisco-based Chanticleer is known as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, as well as for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million copies and won two Grammy awards. The ensemble celebrated its 35th anniversary during the 2012-2013 season.
This is Chanticleer’s seventh performance under UMS auspices. They were last seen in January 2009.