San Francisco, CA –August 14, 2019– GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer opens its 2019-2020 Bay Area subscription season with “Trade Winds” in five locations, September 15 through 29. Appropriately saluting their upcoming world travels, the twelve-man vocal ensemble will present the music of sea-faring people and tropical climates in a program that includes the U.S. premiere of a commissioned work, also entitled Trade Winds, by Chinese composer Zhou Tian. Works range from Monteverdi to Grieg, as well as a selection of traditional folk songs and sea shanties from all over the world.


The program will be presented as part of Chanticleer’s Bay Area subscription in venues around the Bay Area: Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m., Santa Clara Mission; Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m., Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael; Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Saturday, September 28, 8 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton; and Sunday September 29 at 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento. A special “Salon Series” Performance will be presented on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m. in the nautical setting of the Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito. This intimate event begins with an aperitif on the Bay, a performance featuring selected music from the “Trade Winds” program and concludes with a reception with the ensemble. 


Chanticleer’s long and illustrious history of commissioning new choral work continues with the U.S. premiere of Trade Winds by Chinese composer Zhou Tian. Based on the poetry of John Masefield (Trade Winds), Zhimo Xu (Fortuitousness) and Seth Michelson (Strange How We Can Walk), this commissioned work will receive its world premiere in in Kaufungen, Germany during Chanticleer’s upcoming European tour (August 19 through September 18). Zhou’s music has been performed throughout the world including orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as such artists as Yuja Wang. His Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned and recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2018. During the past four decades, Chanticleer has commissioned and premiered more than 60 works by over 45 composers including Sir John Tavener, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Steven Stucky and Mason Mates.


“Trade Winds” reflects the eclectic and far-reaching repertoire which has made Chanticleer a world-wide audience favorite for over forty years. Early music, with which the group first distinguished itself, will be represented by songs about the sea and the spheres by Monteverdi and Gesualdo. Portuguese music from the same era will be sung by Chanticleer for the first time with Filipe de Magalhaes’ Mass, O Soberana Luz. A selection of Sea Shanties from the British Isles, and folk songs from China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand will complete the program.


Chanticleer’s 42nd season begins in August with performances in France, Germany, Italy and Poland. Upcoming world travels include debuts in Puerto Rico in January 2020 and in New Zealand after a return to Australia in July 2020. Throughout the season, the ensemble will perform and present workshops and masterclasses in 27 of the United States and Puerto Rico. In December, their popular annual holiday tradition “A Chanticleer Christmas” will return to New York, New Jersey, Virginia Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area and will be broadcast on American Public Media.


Single tickets for “Trade Winds” range in price from $20 to $60 and can be purchased through City Box Office: and (415) 392-4400.

For further information, please visit Media contacts are listed at the end of the release.

Chanticleer Presents “Trade Winds”
June 15-29, 2019


Wednesday September 18, 7.30 p.m., Santa Clara Mission,

Sunday September 22, 5:00 p.m., Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael

Thursday September 26, 7.30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music,

Saturday September 28, 8:00 p.m., St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton,

Sunday September 29, 5:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento

Claudio Monteverdi: Zefiro torna, e’l bel tempo rimena                          

Carlo Gesualdo: Bella Angioletta                                              

Monteverdi: Ecco mormorar l’onde                                

Monteverdi: Sfogava con le stelle                                              

Gesualdo: Del bel de’bei vostri occhi                              

Edvard Grieg: Ave Maris Stella                                      

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ave Maris Stella                                        

Francisco de Peñalosa: O Domina sanctissima                                 

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Never Weather-beaten Sail                               

Filipe de Magalhães: Missa O Soberana Luz                                    

Zhou Tian: Trade Winds (Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2018)

Traditional: Folksongs from China, Japan, Korea, Philipenes, Samoa and Australia.
Traditional: Sea Shanties from the British Isles.



Chanticleer to Release Then and There, Here and Now on Warner Classics October 12, in celebration of Their 40th Anniversary

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Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection.
— Los Angeles Times

For immediate release — New York, NY — Warner Classics is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chanticleer, “the world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker), with a new recording, Then and There, Here and Now, to be released October 12. The group will tour the album around the world, with 52 performances across the United States, Europe, and Russia including stops in Dublin, Wexford, Paris, Luxembourg, Budapest, Prague, Hannover, Leipzig, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.

Then and There, Here and Now, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, will feature recordings of longtime ensemble favorites including works by Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, and popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn, Puerling, and others. The recording represents the expansive aesthetic of Chanticleer’s repertoire, from the earliest music to the most recent, some of its favorite composers and arrangers, and the blend of male voices from soprano to contrabass that makes it unique.

Having started on August 4 in San Francisco, Chanticleer’s 2018–19 season includes 52 performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. In the United States, the ensemble will visit 23 states with 27 of their scheduled concerts focused around the San Francisco Bay Area. Two European tours throughout January and February of 2019 will take them throughout Europe and into Russia.

Since its founding in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, Chanticleer has championed music ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary compositions and arrangements of pop hits, impressing critics and fans alike with their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle). With over 100 premieres, more than a million records sold, an impressive roster over the years of 120 performers, and a steadfast commitment to music education and community outreach, Chanticleer’s 40-year influence is far-reaching. Barbara Tannenbaum writes, “At forty, Chanticleer has been in existence nearly as many years as its founder, Louis Botto, lived. Not surprisingly, the ensemble has inspired new generations of singers. ‘We see people audition who grew up with Chanticleer’s records and CDs,’ says [Kip] Cranna. ‘They’ve idolized the group from the beginning.’”


1. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Motets, Book 5: Gaude gloriosa                
2. Orlando di Lasso 
Surrexit pastor bonus                        
3. William Byrd
Ave verum corpus                        
4. Steven Stucky
5. Allen Shearer
Nude descending a staircase                    
6. Thomas Morley
Now is the Month of Maying                    
7. Jacob Arcadelt
Il bianco e dolce cigno                        
8. Mason Bates
Stelle, vostra mercè l’eccelse sfere (from Sirens)        
9. William Hawley 
Io son la primavera                        
10. Antonio de Salazar, ed. by Craig H. Russell
Salve Regina                            
11. George Gershwin
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)            
12. Michael McGlynn
13. Trad. Hungarian, arr. Stacy Garrop
Jarba, Mare Jarba                        
14. Sholom Secunda, arr. Brian Hinman
Bei mir bist du shein                        
15. James Woodie Alexander, arr. by J.H. Jennings
Straight Street                        
16. Traditional arr. By Robert Shaw
I want to die easy                        
17. Traditional Appalachian Folk Hymn, arr. By Robert Shaw/Alice Parker
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal                
18. Traditional, arr. by J.H. Jennings 
Keep your hand on the plow                    
19. Steven Sametz
I Have Had Singing

Fred Scott, conductor 

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Tour Dates

August 2018
4    San Francisco, CA - Skills LAB – Education Studio

September 2018
23    San Francisco, CA - Trinity St. Peter’s
27    Geneva, NY - Smith Opera House
29    Middlebury, VT - Educational Event
29    Middlebury, VT        
30    Rockport, MA - Shalin Liu Performance Center

October 2018
2    St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Cathedral
5    Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall
6    Dubuque, IA - University of Dubuque
7    Peoria, IL - Caterpillar Performing Arts Center
9    Waleska, GA - Educational Event
9    Waleska, GA - Reinhardt College
11    Tifton, GA - Educational Event
11    Tifton, GA - Howard Auditorium
24    Kansas City, MO -  Kauffman Center for the Perf. Arts
25    Manhattan, KS - Educational Event
25    Manhattan, KS - Kansas State University
26    Tulsa, OK - Boston Avenue UMC
28     Oklahoma City, OK - First Presbyterian Church
30    Atlanta, GA - Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

November 2018
1    Lenoir, NC - Broyhill Civic Center
3    Raleigh, NC - Educational Event
3    Raleigh, NC - Stewart Theatre, North Carolina State
24    Fairfax, VA - George Mason University
25    Manassas, VA - Hylton Performing Arts Center
28    Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium
30    New York, NY - St. Ignatius Loyola

December 2018 
1    Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
2    New York, NY - St. Ignatius Loyola
2    New York, NY - Event – The Lotos Club
2    New York, NY - Private Event
4    Chicago, IL - 4th Presbyterian Church            
5    Chicago, IL - 4th Presbyterian Church
7    St. Paul, MN - Cathedral of St. Paul
8    Duluth, MN - Educational Event
8    Duluth, MN - University of Minnesota
10    San Francisco, CA - Special Event – Trinity St. Peter’s Church 
11    Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church
12    Palo Alto, CA  - Stanford Memorial Church
14    Petaluma, CA - St. Vincent Church
14    Petaluma, CA - St. Vincent Church 
15    San Francisco, CA - St. Ignatius Church
16    Oakland, CA - Cathedral of Christ the Light
18    Sacramento, CA - Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
19    Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall
21    Carmel, CA - Carmel Mission
21    Carmel, CA - Carmel Mission
22    Santa Clara, CA - Mission Santa Clara 
22    Santa Clara, CA - Mission Santa Clara
23    San Francisco, CA - St. Ignatius Church

January 2019
19    Wexford, Ireland - National Opera House
20    Dublin, Ireland - National Concert Hall
24    Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Conservatoire de la Ville Luxembourg
25    Paris, France - Eglise de l'Oratoire du Louvre
27    Budapest, Hungary - Liszt Academy of Music
31    Prague, Czech Republic - Rudolphinum
February 2019
5    Bad Ems, Germany        
6    Siegen, Germany        
8    Somborn, Germany - Kath. Kirche, St. Anna
10    St. Petersburg, Russia - Mariinsky Concert Hall

March 2019 
16     San Francisco, CA - SFCM
17    Sacramento, CA - St. John’s Lutheran Church
19    Santa Clara, CA - Mission Santa Clara
20    Pleasanton, CA  - St. Augustine Church
21    San Francisco, CA  -  Special Event
25    Grand Rapids, MI - Park Church
26    Bloomfield Hills, MI - Kirk in the Hills
29    Mechanicsburg, PA - Messiah College
31    Pittsburgh, PA - Shadyside Presbyterian Church

April 2019 
2    Washington, DC - Educational Event
2    Washington, DC - Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
3    Kennett Square, PA - Unionville High School
5    Brooklyn, NY - Oratory of St. Boniface
6    New Haven, CT - Trinity on the Green
7    Old Saybrook, CT - Old Saybrook HS
9    Willimantic, CT - Educational Event
11    Portland, OR - Private Event
12    Portland, OR - Reed College
13    Portland, OR - Youth Choral Festival
15    Tillamook, OR - Educational Event
15    Tillamook, OR - Don Whitney Auditorium
16    Salem, OR - Chemeketa Comm. College
18    Federal Way, WA - Performing Arts Center

May 2019 
19    La Jolla, CA- St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal

June 2019 
8    San Francisco, CA - St. Mark’s Church
9    Sacramento, CA - Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
11    Santa Clara, CA - Mission Santa Clara
14    Berkeley, CA - Saint Mary Magdalen
15    Belvedere, CA - St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church




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



Heart of a Soldier
September 16-24, 2017

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

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

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

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




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: 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 


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


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 


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






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:

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