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CHANTICLEER RETURNS, OCTOBER 29

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK ONE OF THE WORLD’S
MOST CELEBRATED CHORAL GROUPS
CHANTICLEER
Sunday, October 29, 2006, 7:00 p.m.


“Their intonation is perfect. Their blend is perfect.
Their focus and clarity are perfect.” Cleveland Plain Dealer


Fairfax, Virginia, October 10, 2006—With singing described as “breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style,” by The Boston Globe, Chanticleer returns to the Center for the Arts in Love’s Messengers, a brand new program saluting the ways of the heart. This is their 29th season as the world’s premier a cappella male choral ensemble. Love’s Messengers is performed on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The San Francisco-based Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”

Always in full command of what The Washington Postdescribes as “perfectly blended musical lines,” Chanticleer performs works by masters like Guerrero, Gesualdo, Orlando di Lasso, Poulenc, and Messiaen, along with folk songs, spirituals, and familiar gems.

Their recordings garner both popular and critical acclaim, as well as numerous awards. 2005’s recording, Sound in Spirit, sacred chant from across time and cultures, was hailed as “impeccably tuned and consistently beautiful” by Anthony Burton in BBC Music. Their 2000 release, Colors of Love, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary a cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. The world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises, released in January 2002 to critical acclaim, garnered two GRAMMY® awards: for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

LOVE’S MESSENGERS

I.
My Spirit Sang All Day Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Veni sponsa Christi Plainsong
Veni sponsa Christi Giovanni da Palestrina
Epithalame from Le Cantique des Cantiques Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur
II.
To be selected from the following
Ardita zanzaretta Carlo Gesualdo
Moro, lasso, al mio dulo Gesualdo
Itene ò miei sospiri Gesualdo
Dolcissima mia vita Gesualdo

III.
from Sept chansons Francis Poulenc
A peine défigurée
Par une nuit nouvelle
Belle et ressemblante

“Très vif” from Cinq rechants
Olivier Messiaen
Die Nachtigal from Chöre für Doris Karlheinz Stockhausen
IV.
Nachtwache No. 1 from Funf Gesänge Op.104
Johannes Brahms
To Be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water, no.1 Frederick Delius
L’Invitation au voyage John Corigliano (b. 1938)

INTERMISSION

V.
This Marriage Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Village Wedding * John Tavener (b. 1944)
VI.
World folk songs, to be selected from the following
Folk Songs of the British Isles
Ca’ the Yowes Scottish, arr.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Faithful Johnny Scottish, arr. John Byrt
The Sailor and Young Nancy English,
arr. E.J. Moeran
Just as the Tide Was Flowing English,
arr. Vaughan Williams
Folk Songs of the Pacific Rim
Jindo Arirang Korean, arr. Jeeyoung Kim
Molihua Chinese, arr. Chen Yi
Sakura* Japanese, arr. Takatomi Nobunaga
Aloha Oe Queen Liliuokalani

VII.
Popular songs and spirituals to be announced

Program subject to change.

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This performance is sponsored by
STERLING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. 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 www.gmu.edu/cfa