The five performances of the concert are now over. It was great to see audiences loving the new music - they were moved by the profundity of the anti-war statements in Shawn's piece - particularly as they are expressed in the Lullaby section. Some left humming the jazzy Quechua movement of Mason's "Sirens." . Having Mason and Shawn there to present their pieces and then to talk about them afterwards made for a really enjoyable evening. We'll be streaming it on Chanticleer Radio ( home page) so you can hear it too.
Reviews are in from Chloe Veltman, Joshua Kosman ( SF Chron), Georgia Rowe, Paul Hertelendy: Rowe's review is entitled "Beauty and Danger, In Song." Veltman says " I was tossed from shore to shore by Chanticleer's performance. The linguistic capabilities of the group are astounding. I didn't hear a vowel out of place..." Joshua Kosman begins by remarking "... there's an alluring piquancy in Chanticleer's new commissioning project, "Composers Our Age." read the reviews in their entirety by clicking on comments below.
We'll leave in a few days for concerts in North Carolina, Maryland, Richmond and Connecticut, including a Youth Choral Festival in Darien, Connecticut on the 31st. We'll let you know how it goes!
Shawn and Mason before the concert in Berkeley. We sang for the first time in public "No Matter" by Tarik O'Regan (who couldn't be present,) "The Garden of Paradise" by Shawn Crouch, and "Sirens" by Mason Bates. Chanticleer has a long history of adding to the choral repertoire through commissioning and performing new music; when we turned 30 last year we decided to find a new generation of composers for us, and here they are.