Avoiding Sandy in Texas , Arkansas, Michigan

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
For our first concert on this pre- Christmas tour, Christ Church in Little Rock was full to busting with very enthusiastic people. Good to be back there, and very good to continue the 12-13 tradition of sold out concerts . The review below, by Dixie Land, at least tells you what we sang…No travel glitches so far, but you never know ..we hear the King’s Singers are heading, with difficulty, to Carnegie. Hall this week. Best of luck to them and any other of our colleagues trying to make a show, and we’re thinking of everzybody affected by Sandy no matter where’re you may be. MUSIC REVIEW Chanticleer needs nothing but voices DIXIE LAND ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Chanticleer, the 12-man acapella group, took its soldout audience on an adventurous tour through time and musical genres with “The Siren’s Call” concert Friday at Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock. The Grammy Award-winning group, celebrating its 35th anniversary season, began with a breathtaking polychoral piece by 16th-century composer Andrea Gabrieli. Claudio Monteverdi’s fivevoice madrigal “Non Sono in Queste Rive” wove luxurious harmonies that rhythmically counterbalanced the voices. It’s been six years since the group’s last visit to Little Rock, a member said, and the audience seemed to soak up every tune, respectfully quiet till the last note was stilled. Double entendre was the theme of “O Dolorosa Gioia” by Carlo Gesualdo, a poem that skillfully juxtaposed “Oh painful joy, Oh sweet suffering, which makes the spirit sad, yet causes it to die happy!” A rich bass line grounded the ethereal floating soprano that extolled his love. Continuing the sirens theme about the lure and danger of the unknown, “Die Lorelei” by Mason Bates featured a cascade of voices that seemed to tumble from high to low, mimicking the tale of the siren sitting on a peak as she lures captivated passersby to drown below. Later tunes flowed seamlessly between Irish folk tunes, a haunting tribute to a Finnish shipwreck that claimed 910 lives and a unique new composition blending Chinese musical idioms, nonsense syllables and sound effects. After a duo of American gospel tunes “Old Ship of Zion” and “Above My Head,” the ensemble treated the audience to an encore performance of a dramatic rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” The chorus, which began releasing recordings in 1981, is performing a 30-concert season that opened in September.

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