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 Poulenc, Claudio Monteverdi and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi; and celebrates the over the moon exuberance of popular composers such as Elbow, Bart 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
St. Francis of Assisi Church
1066 - 26th Street, Sacramento, CA
Sunday, September 20 at 5pm
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