Chanticleer
Thursday July 26 7:00pm

Chanticleer

Overview

Three-time Grammy-winning vocal group Chanticleer makes their Caramoor debut in our stunning Spanish Courtyard. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, they will perform works by Palestrina, Lassus, Gibbons, Byrd, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Matthew Aucoin, Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Berlin, and other classics from their extensive and varied repertoire. Hear why The New Yorker calls this San Francisco-based group “the world’s reigning male chorus.”

“The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style.” — The Boston Globe
Artists

Eric Alatorre, bass
Zachary Burgess, bass-baritone
Brian Hinman, tenor
Tim Keeler, countertenor
Matthew Knickman, baritone
Matthew Mazzola, tenor
Cortez Mitchell, countertenor
Gerrod Pagenkopf, countertenor
Alan Reinhardt, countertenor
Logan S. Shields, soprano
Andrew Van Allsburg, tenor
Adam Ward, alto
William Fred Scott, Music Director

Program

Palestrina Gaude gloriosa
Lasso Surrexit pastor bonus
Gibbons O Clap Your Hands
Byrd Ave Verum Corpus
Stucky Whispers*
Salazar Salve Regina
R. Strauss Drei Männerchöre
Morley Now is the Month of Maying (arr. Evan Price)
William Hawley Io son la Primavera*
Arcadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno
Gershwin “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess (arr. Kirby Shaw)
Michael McGlynn Dúlamán
Traditional Hungarain-Romani Járbǎ, Máré Járbǎ* (arr. Stacy Garrop)
Traditional Spiritual I Want to Die Easy (arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw)
Alexander and Whitaker Straight Street* (arr. Joseph H. Jennings)
Spiritual Keep Your Hand on the Plow* (arr. Joseph H. Jennings)

*works written or arranged for Chanticleer


Chanticleer

Chanticleer

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Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. During its 2017-18 season, Chanticleer will perform 52 concerts in 23 of the United States, 27 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and 8 in Poland, Germany, France, and Spain. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition.

Chanticleer’s 2017-18 season is the third under the direction of Music Director William Fred Scott. Heart of a Soldier features new compositions by Mason Bates and John Musto in a program about the art of soldiering, the pageant of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind and the hope of peace. Included are new arrangements by ensemble members Brian Hinman and Adam Ward. Chanticleer’s popular A Chanticleer Christmas was heard this year in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, and Indiana before coming home for 13 performances in the Bay Area and Southern California. A Chanticleer Christmas is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide. Looking back to its roots in early music and its 40 years of performing music written for the Missions of New Spain, Chanticleer offered Saints Alive in March and April in the Missions Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sonoma. In June, Then and There, Here and Now will take a panoramic look back at Chanticleer’s favorite composers and repertoires, along with a world premiere by Matthew Aucoin. A post-season concert on June 27, 2018 in the Old Mission Dolores will commemorate the first San Francisco performance of Chanticleer, there, on that day 40 years earlier.

Bay Area-based ensemble, Chanticleer, are a Grammy award-winning male chorus who present concerts around the country, have commissioned new vocal pieces, and work with over 5,000 young people annually.

With the help of individual contributions, government, foundation and corporate support, Chanticleer’s education programs engage over 5,000 young people annually. The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir — an after-school honors program for high school and college students — is now in its eighth year, adding to the ongoing program of in-school clinics and workshops; Youth Choral Festivals™ in the Bay Area and around the country; Skills/LAB-an intensive summer workshop for 50 high school students; master classes for university students nationwide. Chanticleer’s education program was recognized with the 2010 Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million albums and won two GRAMMY® awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Chanticleer Records, Naxos, ArkivMusic, Amazon, and iTunes among others, and are available on Chanticleer’s website: www.chanticleer.org.

In 2014 Chorus America conferred the inaugural Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award on Chanticleer’s Music Director Emeritus Joseph H. Jennings to acknowledge his contribution to the African-American choral tradition during his 25-year (1983-2009) tenure as a singer and music director with Chanticleer. The hundred plus arrangements of African-American gospel, spirituals, and jazz made by Jennings for Chanticleer have been given thousands of performances worldwide — live and on broadcast — and have been recorded by Chanticleer for Warner Classics and Chanticleer Records.

Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. Among the over eighty composers commissioned in Chanticleer’s history are Mark Adamo, Matthew Aucoin, Mason Bates, Régis Campo, Chen Yi, David Conte, Shawn Crouch, Douglas J. Cuomo, Brent Michael Davids, Anthony Davis, Gabriela Lena Frank, Guido López-Gavilán, Stacy Garrop, William Hawley, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Jackson Hill, Kamran Ince, Jeeyoung Kim, Tania León, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Michael McGlynn, Peter Michaelides, Nico Muhly, John Musto, Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik, Stephen Paulus, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Steven Sametz, Carlos Sanchez-Guttierez, Jan Sandström, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Stucky, John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas, and Janike Vandervelde.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer became known first for its interpretations of Renaissance music, and was later a pioneer in the revival of the South American baroque, recording several award winning titles in that repertoire. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and inducted in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year. William Fred Scott was named Music Director in 2014. A native of Georgia, Scott is the former Assistant Conductor to Robert Shaw at the Atlanta Symphony, former Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera, an organist and choir director.

Chanticleer — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation — is the recipient of major grants from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Dunard Fund/USA, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The Bob Ross Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Chanticleer’s activities as a not-for-profit corporation are supported by its administrative staff and Board of Trustees.