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December 3, 2004
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A Chanticleer Christmas
Friday, December 3, 2004, 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia. November 8, 2004—Having recently released their 28th recording, "How Sweet the Sound," featuring spirituals and traditional gospel music in arrangements by Chanticleer's music director Joseph Jennings, the GRAMMY award-winning, all-male vocal ensemble builds on their remarkable reputation for vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, from gospel to adventurous new music. The ensemble, known as "an orchestra of voices," returns for their annual Christmas performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Hailed by The New Yorker as "the world's reigning male chorus," and praised by The Los Angeles Times for its "luxurious perfection," this 2004-2005 season, the ensemble performs over 75 concerts in 28 states, including a 26-concert Bay Area season that includes world and North American premieres.

The ensemble's catalogue includes Colors of Love (1999), which won the GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance, and the world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises (2002), which garnered two GRAMMYS.

The holiday traditional concert at George Mason’s Center for the Arts includes selections from early music, Plainsong, chants, traditional and not so traditional European carols, and, of course the group’s breathtaking and always astonishing rendition of Biebl’s Ave Maria.


Veni, veni Emmanuel/ Plainsong, 15th c.
Corde natus ex Parentis/ "Divinum Mysterium" Sanctus trope, 11th c.
Adeste Fideles John Francis Wade (1711-1786)

Bazmutyunq Komitas Vartabed (Soghomon Soghomonian 1869-1935)

Hodie nobis coelorum Rex Philippe de Monte (1521-1603)

Quaeramus cum pastoribus Jean Mouton (c. 1459-1522)

Magi viderunt stellam Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Nowell Anonymous English, 15th c.

Hail Mary, full of grace Anonymous English, 15th c.

Ecce, quod natura Anonymous English, 14th c.


Bogoróditsye Dyévo Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Magnificat Op. 93 César Antonovich Cui (1835-1918)



Ave Maria Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

A Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen Traditional English Carol

Rejoice and Be Merry Traditional English Carol, arr. Reginald Jacques/ Robin Wells

Gabriel’s Message Trad. Basque, arr. David Willcocks

Kristallen den Fina/ Gammal Mariavisa
O Kriste, du some ljuset är/ 5th century, arr. Gunnar Eriksson
Världens Frälsare, kom här / Traditional, 12th century

Good King Wenceslas Trad. English, arr. Stainer/Willcocks

The Town Lay Hushed Psalm melody by Thomas Tallis

See amid the winter’s snow arr. Richard Lloyd/Willcocks

In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst (1874-1934) arr. Jennings

Christmas Medley Traditional, arr. Jennings
Well, the Savior is Born
The Virgin Mary Had One Son
Mary and the Baby, sweet Lamb
Jesus, Oh what a wonderful child

program subject to change without notice

Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.