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LAB XII around town

Monday, November 24th, 2014
LAB XII is ending its session with a variety of pre-Christmas appearances.  Below are pictures  from its performance for the San Francisco Symphony’s Pierre Monteaux Society Luncheon on Sunday.  This is the third time the symphony has invited the LAB choir to sing for the Monteaux Society.   Friends of Chanticleer were in attendance, many remembering back to our very early days.
IMAG0732 LAB will be IMAG0729back at the Davies Symphony Hall lobby on Wed., Dec. 3to sing carols for the annual tree lighting ceremony.  It seems the folks at the symphony have timed theirs with the lighting at the Rockefeller Center this year.

Christmas time is here

Monday, November 24th, 2014
With no disrespect to Thanksgiving, which we will enjoy on Wednesday and Thursday, it’s been Christmas time at Chanticleer for a few weeks now, as we rehearse “A Chanticleer Christmas” which will have its first of
twenty one performances starting on Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C.  Ragnar Bohlin, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and one of our two Guest Music Directors this season,
has been leading us through the program which includes pieces by several composers from his native Sweden.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and see you soon for Christmas.


Fred Scott to be our Music Director

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that William Fred Scott will be Chanticleer’s 5th Music Director.  Fred directed “The Gypsy in my Soul” and went to Europe with us in August; somewhere along the way we all decided to take our relationship to the next step.  Fred has known us since 1994 when he conducted the Atlanta Symphony with 
Chanticleer in a Mexican Baroque program.  A native of Thomasville, Georgia he has had a distinguished career in opera, symphony, and liturgical music.  Of particular note is his long association with choral legend Robert Shaw.
You can read more about him on our website.  Fred will direct “Spanish Gold” at the end of this season, and begin his Music Directorship in August of 2015.   Atlanta, where Fred has lived for many years, is very proud of him. The Atlanta Journal Constitution picked up the announcement immediately.  Below is a picture we took for fun at the Carolands, near San Francisco, in August.

Carolands Chateau, mansion, Hillsborough, California


LAB XII premieres more new music

Monday, November 10th, 2014

LAB XII premiered two more student compositions this Saturday evening at San Francisco Towers: “Morning Psalm” by Kari Betton and “Kyrie” by Julie LeDuc. “Morning Psalm” went so well that an audience member requested that we sing it again…so we did! And when someone else from the audience asked if Chanticleer has ever formed choirs for retirement-aged singers, we created a new cross-generational choir on the spot with a spirited round of Jingle Bells.


The performance came at the end of another long rehearsal day. We met at 11am as usual, rehearsed until 5:30pm, had dinner, then met at SF Towers at 7:30 for an 8pm performance. The picture attached, taken after the concert in the SF Towers lobby area, shows the singers still energetic despite the full day.


The group meets again for a rehearsal on Nov. 22 to prepare for a Nov. 23 San Francisco Symphony event. And it sounds like the singers are conspiring to go caroling once December hits.IMAG0720

Chanticleer Student Composer Composition, 67 submissions from 13 countries and l9 states

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
In the final few days before our Student Composer Competition deadline, we had about 20 applications fly in both electronically and through the postal service to make a total of 67 submissions, with 13 countries and 19 US states represented. 20 were international, from the following countries: Austria, Canada, England/UK (6), Estonia, Hong Kong (2), Italy, Israel, Kosovo, the Philippines (3), South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland. Within the US, we had applicants from: CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, and WV. The winning composition will be performed by the combined choirs and Chanticleer at our National Youth Choral Festival on March 30, 2015, in Davies Hall, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin. Quite an auspicious debut for a new composition. That’s just about five hours of brand new music written by high schoolers, undergrads, and graduate students (even a PhD candidate in biology!). LAB XII has been reading through many of them in recent weeks. We thank all the contestants for their time, courage, and creativity. Now comes the difficult task of deciding which piece best fits the competition criteria. The winner will be announced on December 1.