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Renowned Oakland restaurant will host a benefit evening featuring multi-course dinner and live performance by GRAMMY® award-winning male chorus as part of its Oliveto Commons event series



March 31, 2015 – Oakland, Calif. – Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe is taking advantage of its recent renovation featuring Meyer Sound’s Constellation and Libra sound systems to host a special benefit dinner and live performance by Chanticleer, the GRAMMY® award-winning male chorus renowned as “an orchestra of voices.” Epitomizing the intersection of culture, food, and science, the evening offers an opportunity to demonstrate and appreciate the capabilities of the innovative sound system with an internationally lauded choral ensemble.


For 37 years, the 12-member Chanticleer has performed in exceptional acoustical spaces. The evening at Oliveto represents the group’s vision of the future that includes utilizing appropriate alternative spaces that embrace modern technology.


The Oliveto concert is a retrospective that looks to the future, highlighting selections from the Chanticleer repertoire that have been performed in various traditional acoustical spaces worldwide, from cathedrals to symphony halls. Pieces will be performed utilizing different acoustical settings in the Constellation system to replicate the acoustics of the spaces in which Chanticleer normally sings.


This evening marks another step in the development of Oliveto Commons, a series of lectures, classes, workshops, discussions, and performances designed to explore the restaurant’s relationship with the community. Driving Co-owners Bob and Maggie Klein’s decision to launch the Commons was their desire to create an environment that showcases not only exceptional food, wine and cocktails, but one that nurtures a relationship-based approach to celebrating, exploring, and questioning food to connect more deeply with the agricultural community as well as the local community at large. Though the Commons focuses primarily on agriculture, food systems and education, the Chanticleer benefit affords Oliveto another opportunity to connect with the community.


“A great restaurant should offer more than just extraordinary food: it should be a setting that is all about connecting the community,” said Bob Klein.


The one-night only event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, and includes a 4-course dinner by Oliveto Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel and a 30-minute performance by Chanticleer. Tickets are $250 per person, exclusive of beverage, tax and service charges. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chanticleer’s ongoing award-winning education program, which includes 30 East Bay schools. Tickets may be purchased directly through Chanticleer’s website at


About Chanticleer


Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.


Now in its 37th season, Chanticleer has been recognized by numerous awards including:  multiple Grammy’s®, Musical America Ensemble of the Year, Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award and induction in to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.


About Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe


Oliveto is a renowned restaurant and cafe in the heart of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, serving innovative, Italian- and northern Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine. Founded by Bob and Maggie Klein in 1986 with the simple intention to bring the distinctive flavors of the northern Mediterranean to California, Oliveto has been a Bay Area leader in sourcing the best seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients through a network of passionate purveyors, and was an original restaurant pioneer of the whole animal movement for the region. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, Oliveto offers house-cured salumi, handmade pastas created with specially milled Community Grains flours, and unique heirloom tomatoes grown specifically for Oliveto’s kitchen. Since Chef Rhodehamel’s arrival in 2010, Oliveto’s special dinners, like the Tomato, Truffle, Oceanic, and Whole Hog dinners, have taken on new character and elevated quality.


In November 2014, Oliveto partnered with Berkeley-based Meyer Sound to create a high-tech, multi-sensory experience that was the centerpiece of the restaurant’s first major renovation in 18 years, utilizing both passive and active acoustic sound technology treatments to create an impeccable listening environment. With both the 104-seat upstairs dining room which offers exquisitely prepared food in a fine-dining atmosphere, as well as the warm and busting 36-seat café downstairs, Oliveto is at once a special occasion destination and a neighborhood spot that appeals to a local, sophisticated, and well-traveled Bay Area audience.


Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe is located at 5655 College Ave., Oakland. The upstairs restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the cafe downstairs offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily. For reservations in the restaurant, please visit OpenTable or call 510-547-5356.






Chanticleer’s Second The Singing Life - National Youth Choral Festival™ Takes Place in San Francisco, March 26-30, bringing Ten High-School Choirs to Bay Area for Clinics, Intensive Coaching Sessions, and Performances with Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Ensemble

Closing Concert on March 30th will feature Chanticleer and 300 student singers from all over the country singing Lars-Erik Larsson's "God in Disguise" conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, and world premiere of "Birdsong" by world-renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick.

Called “stunningly expert” by the New Yorker, Chanticleer took its extensive nationwide education program to new heights with its first The Signing Life - National Youth Choral Festival™ in 2010 in San Francisco. The second festival, March 26-30, 2015, brings together ten high-school choirs, comprising 300 student singers from across the country: five choirs from the Bay Area and five traveling from as far away as Westport, CT; Knoxville, TN; and Aurora, IL. The four-day choral immersion will place the visiting choirs and directors in close, intensive interaction with members of Chanticleer, who will coach them in all areas critical to choral art.


The Singing Life is under the artistic direction of Ragnar Bohlin, Chanticleer's 2014-15 Guest Music Director and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and Chanticleer's Education Director Ben Johns. It also features the participation of world-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, as soloist, composer and clinician.


The March 30th culmination will feature Chanticleer and the choirs in a day-long residency giving the choirs the opportunity to perform individually on the stage, and to attend master-classes led by Bohlin and Zajick. That evening, all ten choirs will come together with Chanticleer for a concert conducted by Bohlin, and instrumentalists from the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in a program featuring the west coast premiere of Lars-Erik Larsson's “God in Disguise”, and the world premiere of “Birdsong” by Dolora Zajick, composed specially for the occasion.


The participating choirs were selected by invitation, all of them having some prior experience in Chanticleer’s international education programs. The gala concert program for The Singing Life will also include winning compositions from Chanticleer’s Student Composition Competition: “Shalom!” by SF School of the Arts High School student, Elio Bucky, and “Journey” by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater student, Karin Kuulpak. In addition to the world premiere of her composition, “Birdsong,” Ms. Zajick will join Chanticleer in singing Schubert’s “Ständchen, D. 920”, and the festival chorus in selections from Rossini’s “Petite Messe solennelle”. The program also features the combined choir performance of another Chanticleer staple: “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl.


Ben Johns, Chanticleer’s Director of Education and a member of the ensemble between 2003 and 2006, comments:


“The Singing Life, Chanticleer’s National Youth Choral Festival™, is the most comprehensive and specialized education event hosted by Chanticleer. It commemorates the 15th year of our Bay Area Youth Choral Festival and expands that festival from one day and six participating schools to four days and twelve participating schools. The Singing Life layers activities that are designed for students, teachers, conductors, composers, small ensembles, large ensembles, and honor choirs with interaction with the Chanticleer ensemble. We’re thrilled to be working with special teaching guests including San Francisco Symphony Chorus Music Director Ragnar Bohlin and legendary mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. We are also excited to include student instrumentalists from the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra.


“Considering how much energy flows through our normal Bay Area festival, this weekend in March is going to be absolutely atomic. It is my hope that this festival will reinforce indelibly the relevance of music education in our schools.”


Chanticleer’s second National Youth Choral Festival™ marks the 15th anniversary of the creation of Chanticleer’s Youth Choral Festivals™, a central component of Chanticleer’s wide-ranging and multi-faceted education program. In addition to Chanticleer Youth Choral Festivals™, which the group has offered in the Bay Area and around the U.S. the ensemble regularly gives in-school clinics and workshops, master-classes for university students, and the Chanticleer in Sonoma summer workshop for adult choral singers. Community Sings for adult choral singers have been given in Singapore, Italy, Austria, and Ireland during the group's tours. Additional Regional Youth Choral Festivals™ will also be held this season in Darien, CT (March 4) and Palm Desert, CA (April 7).


Chanticleer’s remarkable ability to inspire young singers was documented in 2009's The Singing Life – the inspiration for the title of the gala concert at Davies – that has aired extensively on public television stations and is now available on DVD. The ensemble began its education program–originally called Singing in the Schools–in 1986, and with the help of individual contributions and foundation and corporate support, the program has evolved and grown substantially, now including the Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir, an after school honors program for Bay Area youth between 14-20.


The Singing Life also honors Chanticleer’s legendary bass, Eric Alatorre, on his 25th anniversary with the Ensemble.


The National Youth Choral Festival™ is being funded by generous grants from the Carol F. Buck Foundation; the Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; and Ken Grant and Ed Miner matched by other generous donors.


Chanticleer’s full season calendar and other information are available at







Chanticleer’s Second National Youth Choral Festival™ – the ten participating choirs:


Acalanes High School Chamber Singers

(Bruce Lengacher, Director)

Lafayette, CA


Albany High School Chamber Singers

(Mary Stocker, Director)

Albany, CA


Bishop Amat Memorial High School Chamber Singers

(Jennifer Srisamai, Director)

La Puente, CA


Cibola High School Performing Choir

(Mary Eckert, Director)

Yuma, AZ


Lowell High School Chamber Choir

(Jason Chan, Director)

San Francisco, CA


Mt. Eden High School Chamber Singers

(Ken Rawdon, Director)

Hayward, CA


Powell High School Singers

(Jim Kennedy, Director)

Knoxville, TN


Santa Rosa High School Chamber Singers

(Kira Bombace, Director)

Santa Rosa, CA


Staples High School Orphenians

(Luke Rosenberg, Director)

Westport, CT


Waubonsie Valley High School “Varsity Chamber”

(Mark Myers, Director)

Aurora, IL





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The Signing Life – Chanticleer’s National Youth Choral Festival - Closing Concert

March 30, 2015


Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco, CA



Tickets: $10-$50

City Box Office






SAN FRANCISCO – December 5, 2015 – The winners of Chanticleer’s fifth Student Composer Competition are San Francisco School of the Arts high schooler Elio Bucky for “Shalom!” and Estonian Academy of Music and Theater student Karin Kuulpak for “Journey.” The competition is designed to encourage current composition students to write quality works for high school-level choirs.   The winning compositions will be premiered at Chanticleer’s second National Youth Choral Festival on March 30, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall by more than 300 high schoolers from across the United States.   

Winner Elio Bucky is a senior at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.  He was introduced to choral music as a member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and continues to sing as a member of the Asawa SOTA Vocal Department.  He is currently the Vocal Department’s Student Conductor.  “Shalom!” is a setting of two Jewish folksongs, quoting both “Shalom Chaverim” and “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem.”

Winner Karin Kuulpak is majoring in choral conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn.  Among other groups, she sings with the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir and is president of their singers’ board.  About her winning composition, “Journey,” she says, “It’s a song about making your own decisions and following your dreams.  In today’s busy world full of confusion and violence, it’s important to stay on your path and not let anyone take you down.”

The competition drew 70 submissions from international and domestic students, representing 12 countries and 19 states.  Due to the quantity and quality of submissions, the following 8 competitors are named as finalists:

  • Kari Betton, from Columbia College Chicago for “Morning Psalm”
  • Yie-Eun Chun from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for “Misty Sunrise”
  • Ed Frazier Davis from Chicago College of Performing Arts for “My Beloved Spoke”
  • Ronald Harris from University of North Texas at Denton for “O, My Soul”
  • Jihyun Kim from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for “Lullaby for Sleepless Nights”
  • Julie LeDuc from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for “Kyrie”
  • Spencer Robelen from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music for “Like an Eagle”
  • Daniel Sabzghabaeil from University of North Texas at Denton for “Delbaré”

Requirements for the competition are that compositions must be for a cappella SATB High School level choir and three to five minutes in duration. The submitted work must not have had prior public performances or recordings. Only one work per composer was allowed.  Composers were currently enrolled as students at time of submission.  Works representing cultural heritage were encouraged.

Select finalists were offered a workshop opportunity with the Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir, Chanticleer’s honors small ensemble for Bay Area singers ages 14-20.  The LAB Choir was able to make recordings of these works for the composers to use in furthering their careers.

Eric Barnum’s 2004 winning entry “She Walks in Beauty” was so successful that Chanticleer incorporated it into its touring program the following year.  The work is now published by Hinshaw Music.

Other winners and honorable mentions from past competitions include: Yi-Wen Chang (2009), Steve Kim (2008), Vicente Chavarria (2006), Erica Glenn (2006), Blake R. Henson (2006), Matthew Peterson (2006), Philip Rice (2006), Jorge Sosa (2006), and Dale Trumbore (2006), Mark Fromm (HM, 2006), Samuel Hunter (HM, 2006), Kelly Crandell (2001).






William Fred Scott named fifth music director of the San Francisco based Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer

SCOTTWilliam Fred Scott has been named Chanticleer's fifth Music Director. Scott was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Atlanta Opera from 1985 to 2005, and the Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1988–a post offered to him by legendary conductor, chorus director, and arranger Robert Shaw. After Shaw's passing, Scott presided for six years over Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony, carrying on the tradition of Robert Shaw's beloved Christmas concerts.

As Associate Conductor and Artistic Administrator of the Opera Company of Boston, he worked alongside that company’s pioneering founder Sarah Caldwell from 1975 to 1981 and conducted over 200 performances. He comes to Chanticleer after a five-year tenure as Director of Choral Music at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott is also well known in Atlanta as an organist.

William Fred Scott is a native of Thomasville, Georgia and a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He has received considerable recognition in Atlanta for his deep personal commitment to the arts, the community and education, including awards from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Scott has conducted with opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the country, including the Opera Company of Boston, the Hawaii Opera Theater, Wolf Trap, the New York City Opera, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Alabama, Colorado, and Greenville, as well as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He conducted for the Kennedy Center Honors in 1991, and the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus he led the American premiere of Philip Glass' The Canyon. He made his European debut conducting Le Nozze di Figaro at Prague's Theater of the Estates in the Czech Republic.

Scott's first encounter with Chanticleer was in 1994, when he conducted Chanticleer and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program of music of the Mexican Baroque. In Chanticleer's 2014-15 season he is Guest Music Director of The Gypsy in My Soul and Spanish Gold. He will take up his duties as Music Director in August of 2015.

 Chanticleer is a professional Grammy Award-winning 12-man a cappella vocal ensemble founded by Louis A. Botto in San Francisco in 1978. Known as "An Orchestra of Voices," Chanticleer performs up to 100 concerts a year in the United States, Europe and Asia. Chanticleer has released over 40 recordings, sold over a million copies, and is famed for its seasonal program A Chanticleer Christmas, broadcast on over 300 public radio stations each year. In 2008, Chanticleer was named Musical America's Ensemble of the Year. Chanticleer is also known for its award-winning education and commissioning programs. Previous Music Directors have been Chanticleer's founder Louis A. Botto, Craig Hella Johnson, Joseph H. Jennings, and Matthew D. Oltman. Jace Wittig served as Interim Music Director from 2011 to 2014.




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 11th 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 29th in Washington D.C. with concerts in Chicago, New York City and Westport, Connecticut before returning to California for performances in Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Petaluma, Carmel, Livermore, Stanford’s Memorial Chapel and Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. 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 is under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Chanticleer Guest Music Director, who introduces a composer from his native Sweden to Chanticleer audiences. Fredrik Sixten's adaptation of his "There is no Rose of such Virtue" and his "Rose of Roses," written for Chanticleer in 2014, will have their world premieres along with works by Desprez, Gabrieli, Distler, Sviridov, Mantyjarvi and others as well as Chanticleer's signature arrangements of new and traditional carols and spirituals. Chanticleer’s most popular recorded song, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria”, is a beloved feature of A Chanticleer Christmas.

The 2014-15 season has seen Chanticleer perform in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden–where the ensemble spent two weeks in October. A rigorous touring season in 22 states and the District of Columbia began in October and will continue throughout the year. A highlight of the Bay Area season will be the second National Youth Choral Festival with 300 high school singers from around the country joining Chanticleer, Guest Music Director, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick for a gala culmination in Davies Symphony Hall on March 30, 2015. The season will conclude with a return to Chanticleer's early music roots in Spanish Gold under the direction of Guest Music Director William Fred Scott.

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 ensemble recently launched its newest educational program introducing a small, mixed youth chorus for Bay Area singers aged 14-20, known as the Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir in honor of Louis A Botto, the founder and original Artistic Director of Chanticleer. 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:

For information regarding performance dates and tickets to A Chanticleer Christmas ($30-$65), visit: Tickets are also available by phone through City Box Office at 415-392-4400.


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December 11-23, 2013


Stanford Memorial Church
Thursday, December 11, 7:30pm

Cathedral of Christ the Light
Friday, December 12, 8pm 

St. Ignatius Church
Saturday, December 13, 8pm
Sunday, December 21, 8pm

St. Vincent Church
Sunday, December 14, 6pm & 8:30pm

First Congregational Church
Tuesday, December 16, 8pm

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday, Dec 17, 8pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thursday, December 18, 8pm

Mission Santa Clara
Saturday, December 20, 6pm & 8:30pm

Carmel Mission
Monday, Dec 22 6pm  & 8:30pm

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, December 23, 7:30pm