We're rehearsing daily for Christmas, coaching our Russian pieces by Rachmaninoff and Chesnokov with Elena Sharkova, all the more exciting since
we will actually in in Russia in just over two months
We are humbled and flattered by Richard Scheinin's announcement of our Christmas concert in the San Jose Mercury News. It's an honor and a pleasure to know that people are counting on us. We'll be there soon!
A GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS ( San Jose Mercury)
Chanticleer, the Grammy-winning 12-man chorus, has a way of going to work on your deep brain tissues; that happens pretty much whenever it sings. But
its holiday program ups the payout. Here's how I described it two years ago: "Call it a brain massage, or a soul massage, but, if you've been there, you know the feeling of sitting in some darkened church as the dozen members of Chanticleer -- named for the clear-singing rooster in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' -- process down the center aisle, each holding a glowing liturgical candle while singing solemn medieval plainchant, voices curling like incense, enveloping you and the audience, going deep inside your cranium."
It's a mood of true serenity, which, remarkably, Chanticleer sustains and even intensifies throughout the two-hour program. This is a sensational chorus, floating lush or delicate textures and effects, highly atmospheric and soulful, with tremendous precision. Widely and glowingly reviewed, the group -- founded in 1978 and based in San Francisco -- is influential, expanding audiences for choral music, commissioning scores for new choral works. But its greatest gift may be "A Chanticleer Christmas," which touches people: transports them, gives them peace. It's an annual de-stresser amid the pressures of the holidays.