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We do love our hometown crowd!

As Kory says, it's no secret that we love our hometown crowds, one and all.  They were a great and very attentive audience tonight at the San Francisco Conservatory, appreciating all the twists and turns of our program, encouraging our new singers, and staying around to talk to us afterwards.   We'll be there again tomorrow night.

 

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Chanticleer/Cantus concert only a week away. You can listen live.

Our first ever joint concert with Cantus is about a week away.   It's in Orchestra Hall on October 3, and it's already sold out.  You can listen to it live on Minnesota Public Radio.  It all started when we crossed paths with Cantus in a bar on the road, and a spontaneous rendition of Biebl's Ave Maria was recorded and posted on Facebook.  That post had over a million views and the idea of performing together was born.  Here's MPR's announcement:

Classical Minnesota Public Radio is proud to present a live broadcast of the Cantus & Chanticleer Concert taking place in Minneapolis on October 3rd! Two of the finest men’s vocal ensembles in the country will sing together for the first time and you can listen to the live stream by visiting yourclassical.org/choral onMonday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Please share your comments about the concert on the YourClassical Facebook page: facebook.com/YourClassical and use #CantusAndChanticleer. Enjoy the show!

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"Chanticleer Falls in Love": first review of "My Secret Heart."

  CHANTICLEER FALLS IN LOVE
                        Elite Men's Chorus Dazzles in 'Secret Heart' Program
                                              By D. Rane Danubian 
        artssf.com, the independent observer of San Francisco Bay Area music and dance  
                                                                 Week of Sept. 19-26,  2016
                                                                  Vol. 19, No. 3 
            SANTA CLARA---The virtuoso singers of Chanticleer were ardently declaring their love for all parties concerned. Their "Secret Heart" program from many sources, languages and centuries will whisk them around Northern California with that heart-to-heart musical message. 
             The 12 are as versatile as ever, performing classical men's chorus pieces, mixed-chorus, and choirs for men and boys, utiliizing their unique component of male altos and sopranos---the treasure chest that is Chanticleer's long-standing secret. All of it unaccompanied, rather miraculously.AND sung scrupulously in tune.  
             The chorus' super-sleuths were at it again. Modern love songs, we all know. But Chanticleer's research staff ferrets outsuch songs from musty archives in four-century-old Latin polyphony, so similar to a thousand Renaissance sacred pieces except for the text, which can be quite sensual. This repertory is entirely new, even to those who have followed this group since the start.  From the earliest efforts right up to the more streamlined 16th-century music of Palestrina we got artfully interwoven compositions of Guerrero, Clemens non Papa, Vivanco and l'Heritier.
             The Sept. 17 highlight was the world premiere of "Hommage a Edith" by the Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi, 53. It is set toa poem by the early 20th-century Finnish-Swedish  poet Edith Sodergran, offering one's heart to "an unknown god...high up in the clouds." The composer uses bold harmonies over a pedal point , with mild dissonance. The short work is characterized by somber Scandavian restraint.
             A poem by the Elizabethan Edmung Waller delves into the mysterious and unplumbed in Eric Whitacre's "Go, Lovely Rose:" Zounds, written and sung in English! 
             The most compelling solo of the night was by alto Cortez Mitchell, providing the seamless "ah..ah...ah"'sof Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise," in an unusual arrangement for voice only. It brought down the house.
             A set of novel chromatic love songs by Augusta Read Thomas, 52, featured the novelty of the singers rolling raucously with laughter. Modern works also included a spiritual by Freddie Mercury ("Find Me Somebody to Love" in an arrangement) and torchy songs by Francis Poulenc and Noel Coward. Quite a night of high professionalism, all in all, capped by an encore via the Irish folk song "Down by the Salley Gardens." They did Music Director Fred Scott proud.
             A note about the beautiful Mission Santa Clara Church, bathed outside appropriately by a full moon. Like so many stone or plaster-dominated interiors, this one providesrich and, yes, sensual resonances for those sitting up close, particularly from the higher voices. Sitting toward the back of the hall however afforded a no less appealing acoustic environment, with closer bonding of ensemble as well as somewhat greater intelligibility. Take your pick, or try both!
             Chanticleer, a dozen male a cappella voices in the "My Secret Heart" repertory, in many Bay Area cities through Sept. 25. For Chanticleer info: go online

 

        ©D. Rane Danubian 2016
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The Tri-Valley Friends of Chanticleer

The Tri-Valley area is to the east of us and includes Pleasanton and Livermore.  Last night we made our Pleasanton debut at St. Augustine's Church for a lively band of fans from that area and parishioners of the church.  LAB has preceded us there with three performances presented by Our Board Member Elaine Snyder who also threw a reception beforehand for new members of the Tri-Valley Friends of Chanticleer. A beautiful evening there - the only downside is having to cross the now infamous Bay Bridge whose traffic condition runs the lives of everybody in our area. We sang our new program My Secret Heart.  It's always gratifying to get a big reaction to the new or newer pieces on the program:  "Hommage a Edith' by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (2016) and "Love Songs" by Augusta Read Thomas (1997). Both our new tenors, Chris Albanese and Andy Van Allsburg, have solos on the program, so our audiences are getting to know them very quickly.

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My Secret Heart launches in Santa Clara and Sacramento, including world premieres.

As Fred has observed, we're a lucky group - we're always performing for friends.  That's especially so in Santa Clara and Sacramento where there are friends and fans  of such long standing  who turn up everytime we come and offer us their undying support, and love all of our repertoire from the Renaissance to Freddy Mercury.   In this program that includes Jaakko Mantyjaarvi's Hommage a Edith, world premiered   in Santa Clara of which we're very proud.  Also premiering were Adam Ward's arrangement of My Secret Heart by Noel Coward, and Evan Price's arrangement of Poulenc's Les Chemins de l'amour.  LAB XVI, under Fred's leadership, sang at Santa Clara before our concert.  They sounded great!

 

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