CHANTICLEER BEGINS 40TH SEASON WITH HEART OF A SOLDIER

CHANTICLEER BEGINS 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH HEART OF A SOLDIER

featuring new works by Mason Bates and John Musto in 5 Bay Area Performances

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2017–Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer kicks off its Anniversary Season with Heart of a Soldier, a program about the art of soldiering, the pageant of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind and the hope of peace. Great Tudor composers such as Byrd and Tomkins reflected on the repeated sacking of Jerusalem. The beautiful prayer set by Thomas Tomkins, “O pray for the peace of Jerusalem” is as important today as it ever was. The destruction of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, centuries later, provided musical inspiration for the great French Renaissance master Dufay. Closer to our own time, the words of Walt Whitman found a place under the pen of one of our frequent collaborator Mason Bates and those of Archibald MacLeish are set by John Musto. To explore the hearts of soldiers, Chanticleer traverses centuries of repertoire from the earlier music of Byrd, Janequin to 19th century Russian soldier songs. Two choruses from Pulitzer prizewinner Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain are included as are new arrangements by Brian Hinman, Vince Peterson, Evan Price and Adam Ward of songs from the home front.  

Chanticleer’s 40th Anniversary season–under the direction of Music Director William Fred Scott–begins in August with an eight-performance tour of Poland, France, Germany, and Spain, and continues in the U.S. with performances in twenty-five states. A Chanticleer Christmas, Saints Alive (a program of Bolivian and Mexican ‘mission baroque’ music) and Then and There, Here and Now, a panoramic look at Chanticleer’s musical history, complete the season. Premium events celebrating the Anniversary will take place on April 8th in the Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma and June 27th, 2018, in the Old Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Chanticleer’s first San Francisco performance was given on June 27, 1978.

Tickets for Heart of a Soldier range from $10-$60 are available through City Box Office (415-392-4400) or by visiting www.chanticleer.org.

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FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:

Heart of a Soldier
September 16-24, 2017

SANTA CLARA, CA
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
Saturday, September 16 at 8pm

SACRAMENTO, CA
Trinity Episcopal Church
2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816
Sunday, September 17 at 5pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
Friday, September 22 at 8pm
Sunday, September 24 at 5pm

PLEASANTON, CA
St. Augustine Catholic Church
3999 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, CA
Saturday, September 23 at 8pm
 

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CHANTICLEER BEGINS 39th CONCERT SEASON WITH MY SECRET HEART

6 BAY AREA PERFORMANCES, SEPTEMBER 17-25

SAN FRANCISCO, August 18, 2016 – The San Francisco based all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer kicks off its 2016/17 Season with My Secret Heart, featuring a world premiere by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and a revival of “Love Songs” written for Chanticleer by multiple award winning composer Augusta Read Thomas (recorded on the Grammy® awarding-winning album Colors of Love).

These modern pieces take their place on a program which penetrates the hidden places of the heart in music ranging from Chanticleer’s signature Renaissance repertoire, works by Mikhail Glinka and Sergei Rachmaninov, and arrangements of works by George Gershwin, Freddy Mercury, Francis Poulenc, and Noël Coward. 

My Secret Heart will be presented in five Bay Area cities as Chanticleer begins its season-long tour to 28 states. Chanticleer’s season appearances include a lengthy European tour in January and February to Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Russia. Christmas sees the Ensemble return to the Bay Area for 12 performances of the group’s legendary A Chanticleer Christmas, which will also be heard on over 300 public radio stations nationwide.  In March 2017, Chanticleer will collaborate with the New Century Chamber Orchestra for Americans in Paris; celebrating the artistic ferment of Paris in the 20’s and 30’s. The season will conclude with Psalm–transcendent prayers of thanksgiving and consolation, psalms of happiness and songs of praise–including a newly commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison.

Chanticleer is under the Music Direction of William Fred Scott.   A native of Georgia, he was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera, as well as a well-known organist and choir director.  He was Associate Conductor to Robert Shaw at the Atlanta Symphony and to Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston.  Before joining Chanticleer, he was Director of Choral Music at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

 For information regarding performance dates and tickets to My Secret Heart ($10-$60), visit: www.chanticleer.org. Tickets are also available by phone through City Box Office at 415-392-4400.

 

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2016/17 Bay Area Season

My Secret Heart
September 17 – 25, 2016

September 17, 2016 at 8PM
Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

September 18, 2016 at 5PM
St. Francis Church, 1066 - 26th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

September 21, 2016 at 8PM
St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566

September 23, 2016 at 8PM
SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

September 24, 2016 at 8PM
SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

September 25, 2016 at 5PM
Marin Osher Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 

 

A CHRISTMAS CHANTICLEER
December 10-23, 2016

December 10, 2016 at 8:15PM
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612  

December 11, 2016 at 5 & 7:30PM
St Vincent Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

December 13, 2016 at 6 & 8:30PM
Carmel Mission, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923

December 15, 2016 at 8PM
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 Eleventh Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

December 17, 2016 • 8PM
St Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

December 18, 2016 at 8PM
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

December 22, 2016 at 6 & 8:30PM
Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

December 23, 2016 • 8PM
St Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

 

AMERICANS IN PARIS
With Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra
March 16 – 19, 2017

March 16, 2017 at 8PM
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

March 17, 2017 at 8PM
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

March 18, 2017 at 8PM
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

March 19, 2017 at 5PM
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 

 

PSALM
June 3 – 11, 2017

June 3, 2017 at 8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

June 4, 2017 at 5PM
St. Francis Church, St. Francis Church, 1066 - 26th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

June 6, 2017 at 8PM
Mission Santa Clara, Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

June 7, 2017 at 8PM
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

June 10, 2017 at 5PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920

June 11, 2017 at 8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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CHANTICLEER EXPANDS ITS MISSION BAROQUE REPERTOIRE TO INCLUDE TREASURES FROM BOLIVIA

PERFORMANCES IN SIX NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MISSIONS

MAY 6-22, FOLLOWING APPEARANCES IN UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN BOLIVIA, APRIL 24-27

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2016—Chanticleer, the internationally renowned Grammy award-winning 12-man choral ensemble, revels in its long dedication to the music of the Missions of the Americas with Mission Road. The group will perform six concerts this May in historic California Missions from Santa Barbara to San Francisco.

Chanticleer has gloried in the beauty and perfect acoustics of the California Missions ever since its inaugural 1978 concert in the old Mission Dolores. In the 1990's Chanticleer was at the forefront of the revival of 17th and 18th century Mission period music, releasing two award-winning recordings for Teldec: Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican Baroque. This 2016 tour–the third since 2008 exclusively dedicated to Mission music–includes San Francisco, Carmel, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, and Fremont. The program will have been performed in April in Bolivia's UNESCO World Heritage Site Missions of San Xavier and Concepción, as well as the church of San Roque for the International Music Festival
of American Renaissance & Baroque Music
– Chiquitos Missions; a biannual event at which Chanticleer has been invited to represent the United States. Chanticleer’s participation at this festival was made possible with support by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Continuo for Mission Road will be provided by Craig Russell (guitar), Lisa Nauful (bassoon), and Chanticleer Music Director William Fred Scott (organ). Composers familiar and unfamiliar to Chanticleer audiences include: Juan de Araujo, Francisco Lopez, Hernando Franco, Antonio de Salazar, Manuel de Sumaya, Tomas Torrejon de Velasco, and Gaspar Fernandez. Featured in the program will be Juan de Padilla's “Missa Ego flos campi,” and a set of Villancicos in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, transcribed and edited by Piotr Nawrot, S.J.

The program illuminates the musicological bridge from High Renaissance masters in Europe to the next generation of composers who studied that music and brought it to the New World. Much of this music originated in cathedrals of Mexico and was heard and performed in the Mission churches all over New Spain. Editions by Cal Poly Professor Craig H. Russell have a permanent place in Chanticleer's repertoire. Now treasures from the Bolivian archives will be added to the program. They have been exhumed, transcribed, and edited by Father Piotr Nawrot, founder and director of the International Music Festival of American Renaissance & Baroque Music, who has dedicated his life to the painstaking reconstruction of the more than 10,000 pages of music that have survived the ravages of time.

 
Participants in the fifteenth session of Chanticleer’s Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir (a mixed youth chorus for Bay Area singers aged 14-20 established in 2010) will be singing a program called New Spain: Music from Mexico's Cathedrals and California's Missions at Bay Area elementary schools, churches, retirement homes and public spaces and in pre-concert performances at many of the Missions.  

Mission Road is made possible by generous support from Dunard Fund USA, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Called “America’s favorite choral ensemble,” by The New Yorker magazine, Chanticleer has developed a worldwide reputation for its impeccable musicianship, beauty of sound, and wide-ranging repertoire from Renaissance and Mexican Baroque to jazz, gospel, folk, and adventurous new music. Chanticleer Records releases live and studio recordings, which may be found online: www.chanticleer.org.

Tickets and information may be obtained online at www.chanticleer.org.

 

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A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS BEGINS DECEMBER 10th; 12 PERFORMANCES IN THE BAY AREA.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2015—The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer keeps its oldest and best-loved tradition with 12 performances of A Chanticleer Christmas in the Bay Area between December 10th and 23rd. A Chanticleer Christmas offers profound, peaceful and joyous music in beautifully decorated missions, churches and cathedrals around the Bay Area.

Chanticleer’s Christmas season begins on November 28th in Fairfax, VA, with concerts in Manassas, VA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Purchase, NY, and Portland, OR, before continuing in California with performances in Berkeley, Carmel, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Stanford’s Memorial Chapel, Oakland and Petaluma. American Public Media will broadcast excerpts taped at New York's St. Ignatius Loyola on over 300 member stations nation-wide during the Christmas season. 

A Chanticleer Christmas tells the story of the nativity in music written from the 13th to 21st centuries. This year's program–the first under the direction of Chanticleer's newly appointed Music Director William Fred Scott–features music beloved by Christmas audiences by John Tavener, Gustav Holst and William Berg among others; arrangements by Robert Shaw, Alice Parker and others; as well as Chanticleer's signature gospel and spiritual arrangements. The 2015-16 season has seen Chanticleer on a whirlwind five-city tour of Asia, which included returns to Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and a debut at Macau's International Music Festival.  A South American debut in Bolivia is in store for the spring when Chanticleer takes its Mission Road program to UNESCO world site missions in that country.  The season concludes with Washing of the Water­–a spiritually inspiring journey from Renaissance masters to great songwriters of the 20th century including Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon.

Chanticleer was awarded Chorus America’s prestigious Education and Outreach Award for 2010, and takes pride in its annual interaction with more than 5,000 students around the Bay Area and the U.S.  The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir–named in honor of Louis A Botto, the founder and original Artistic Director of Chanticleer–is a mixed honors choir for Bay Area high school students aged 14-20 and is currently in its sixth year.   The LAB Choir is frequently heard in performances in Bay Area schools, community centers, and other venues.

Called “America’s favorite choral ensemble,” by the New Yorker magazine, Chanticleer has developed a worldwide reputation for its impeccable musicianship, beauty of sound, and wide-ranging repertoire from Renaissance and Mexican Baroque to jazz, gospel, folk, and adventurous new music. Chanticleer Records releases live and studio recordings on CD and in digital formats; both may be found at: www.chanticleer.org.

For information regarding performance dates and tickets to A Chanticleer Christmas ($30-$75), visit: www.chanticleer.org. Tickets are also available by phone through City Box Office at 415-392-4400. Tickets for the December 10th performance at Stanford Memorial Church are available at live.stanford.edu.

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Chanticleer Begins 38th Concert Season with Over the Moon 5 Bay Area Performances, September 19-26

SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2015 The Grammy® award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer kicks off its 2015/16 Season–their 38th–with Over the Moon, under the direction of new Music Director, William Fred Scott.

 “Pierrot Lunaire,” newly written for Chanticleer, by internationally acclaimed composer Nico Muhly, highlights this trip Over The Moon where our strongest emotions take us. Chanticleer’s inimitable gift for finding the common human thread in centuries of music links Gustav Mahler, Mason Bates, Francis PoulencClaudio Monteverdi and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi; and celebrates the over the moon exuberance of popular composers such as ElbowBart Howard, and Henry Mancini in specially commissioned arrangements. 

 Over the Moon will be presented in four Bay Area cities as Chanticleer begins its season-long tour to 25 states. Chanticleer’s season appearances include an October tour to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei City, and Macau. Christmas will see the Ensemble back to the Bay Area for 13 performances of the group’s legendary A Chanticleer Christmas. In May 2016, Chanticleer returns to the Mission Road with a concert of Mexican Baroque music presented in California’s historic missions. The season will conclude with Washing of the Water, evoking the symbolic power of flowing water to cleanse, redeem and restore, extolled by composers since music began. 

 William Fred Scott was named Chanticleer's fifth Music Director in November 2014 and takes up his duties with this concert set.  A native of Georgia, he is a highly regarded organist and choir director as well as a longtime Associate Conductor to Robert Shaw at the Atlanta Symphony and Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston and as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera.  Most recently, he has been Director of Choral Music at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

For information regarding performance dates and tickets to Over the Moon ($10-$50), visit: www.chanticleer.org. Tickets are also available by phone through City Box Office at 415-392-4400.

 

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FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:

 

OVER THE MOON

September 19-26, 2015

 

SANTA CLARA, CA
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
Saturday, September 19 at 8pm

SACRAMENTO, CA
St. Francis of Assisi Church

1066 - 26th Street, Sacramento, CA
Sunday, September 20 at 5pm

BERKELEY, CA
St Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Wednesday, September 23 at 8pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 25 at 8pm
Sunday, September 26 at 8pm