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LAB X starts on Saturday; some interesting stats

LAB Director Ben Johns reports from LAB X's inaugural meeting last Saturday

LAB X kicked off this Saturday with a theme of Piracy and Treasure (repertoire includes medleys from Pirates of the Caribbean and The Pirates of Penzance, some authentic Bay Area sea chanties, and Renaissance/early Baroque/Romantic era "treasures")

        We have 22 singers in this session.   3 are brand new to LAB, 5 have done only Skills/LAB before, 11 participated in LAB 9, and the remaining 3 were in LAB 7 or 8.  Since the beginning, three years ago, LAB has had an impressive rate of repeat participation.  The average number of sessions per LAB X singer is 3.45.  Toran Davenport is returning for his 9th session (these include Skills/LABs)
        LAB singers come from all over the Bay Area.  This time, 9 live in the East Bay (Concord, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Albany), 4 live in the North Bay (Santa Rosa, Petaluma), 4 live in the South Bay (Palo Alto and San Jose), 5 live in San Francisco.
        4 LAB X singers are currently in college, the rest are in high school.
        As a special project, each singer is transcribing a sea chanty.  Some of these chanties come to us from old 1930s wax cylinder recordings of Bay Area sailors.
        We have concerts pending on the evenings of March 16 and 29.
      

 

 

 

 

 

n.b. not all singers were present for the first photo

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New Year starts with nice review for Someone New, packing our winter clothes for Europe

We're coming back to work after our Christmas break to find the following review of our latest CD, Someone New, happy results for our Christmas season when we sold out all but one of our Bay Area concerts, and a wintry tour to Europe coming up very quickly.

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/chanticleers-someone-new-means-something-else

Next Wednesday we will leave for Vienna where our first concert of this tour will happen in the Musikverein. The then on to Innsbruck, Fredrichshafen before we arrive in Budapest for a concert in the newly renovated LisztAcademie.  This will be our debut in that hall - previous concerts in Budapest having been in Bela Bartok Hall.  Prague's Rudolfinum will be next before we embark for Moscow and St. Petersburg - our debut in both Russian cities.  Antwerp, Paris, Rotterdam and Bruges precede the final concerts of the tour in Dublin and Cork.  We're taking our "She Said/He Said" program as well as our Venetian Renaissance program for Paris.   This tour will feature two Community Sing events ( in which we sing with groups of local citizens) in Vienna and Cork.  In Vienna,  concert ticket holders may sign up to participate, and in Cork choral singers from around Ireland have been invited.  These events are always fun.  Stay tuned!

 

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Carmel by the Sea: Mia Alatorre's first Chanticleer concert

We sang the Christmas story 21 times, and then today we arrived at the Mission Carmel -a favorite Christmas venue for many-for two final concerts. In the sold out 6pm audience was (among others of course) Mia, Eric's daughter, attending her very first Chanticleer concert, with her mother. Seems amazing, as it always does, that we arrived at this date, and that tomorrow we'll join the throngs going hime for the holidays. It was a good Christmas season for us, and we thank all of you who came to see us, or tuned into the American Public Media broadcast of our concert. Happy holidays and we'll see you in the new year.

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Back home at St. Ignatius, San Francisco

St. Ignatius ( West, we now must call it, since our new New York home is St. Ignatius Loyola) was overflowing for our second concert there. The audience for this concert - so close to Christmas- is always full of friends, family, board members and people who have attended A Chanticleer Christmas for years and years. which gives it a nice homecoming kind of atmosphere. As we get closer and closer to Christmas Day, people seem to be in a mellow mood. Our last two concerts for this season will be tomorrow at the Carmel Mission.

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We felt the love at Walt Disney Concert Hall

This is our 10th Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall - we started the year the hall opened. Walt Disney ( which we can see from our hotel rooms) is across the street from MOCA and the Colburn School and now Eli Broad's new museum is going up next door. After a couple of recessionary years, Disney was a few seats shy of full this year, and those people are wild! Yelling out 'we love you.' participating in the gospel, insisting on two encores - a very high energy evening which is very welcome as we round the bend to the end of 2013's Christmas tour.

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