We were surprised and charmed to find the following submission in our Donate Now mailbox after our performance in Phoenix:
Saturday night, Feb. 2, 2013 I heard your perform in Phoenix, Az. I now know what it means to be "blown away" by a performance. I returned home and wrote a poem which I finished today and am dedicating to your group. It is my way of thanking you for the other-wordly experince you provided me. should arrive in the mail in a few days. i hope you enjoy it. Judy Levine
Yesterday the poem arrived, and here it is.
dedicated to Chanticleer ensemble
Not a rooster in the flock
they flew onto the stage
each settled the long tail of his black cutaway
and puffed out his gleaming white breast with
white bow at his neck.
They arranged themselves gracefully
all facing toward us and
began to sing.
Such notes came forth from every throat
high, higher, still higher, falsetto without shrillness
mid-range, pure and fulsome,
deep, deeper, the deepest sounds felt
in the bone
that I thought myself
believed I sat in a massive cathedral
where voices flew to the apex of the spire
taking me with them.
© JS Levine, 2013