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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.

Return to wonderful Spivey, and some culinary highlights

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
We arrived in Atlanta on Friday from Holdrege, Nebraska where we performed at the Tassel Performing Arts Center, a rare trip to Nebraska. Chanticleer has a long history with Spivey Hall, having been invited to sing here in 1991 when the hall was very new. Their 25th anniversary is coming up. We love the hall and will come back in a flash, when invited. Our days here featured – in addition to unseasonably cold weather for which nobody was prepared- a visit to Brian’s absolute favorite ice cream maker, Jeni’s of Ohio, now established in Atlanta. Darita’s family lives nearby, came to the concert, and his mother cooked Cambodian food for us two nights in a row! A home cooked meal along the way is especially appreciated and this was a delicious one. Home tomorrow to get started on Christmas.







Back at the Sheldon, St. Louis

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
For the last 8-10 years we appeared annually at the St. Louis Cathedral. Before that in St. Louis our home was the Sheldon, a 700 seat room with a very clear acoustic built in 1912. We returned to the Sheldon tonight. The audience felt very familiar – to us, and with us- and rewarded us with several standing ovations during each half, as well as particular attention to solo performances.