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CHANTICLEER, December 13, 8PM

November 8, 2002
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Back by Popular Demand!
Celebrating their 25th Season of glorious voices raised in song!
Chanticleer performs A Chanticleer Christmas
Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, November 13, 2002—GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 25th season with concerts across the United States, two European tours, and the release of its 25th CD. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes back this group of twelve singers for their annual program of sacred and holiday music – a sure sign the Yuletide is approaching. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 13 and a pre-performance discussion is held on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall at 7:15 p.m. The discussion is free for ticketholders.

Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang with the group until 1989, and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. When Botto first convened the singers around a dining room table in San Francisco back in 1978 no one predicted the group would become world renowned, with a reputation for perfection and vocal precision, earning the distinction of being the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States.

Music Director Joseph Jennings joined the ensemble as a countertenor in 1983, and shortly thereafter assumed his current title. A prolific composer and arranger, Mr. Jennings has provided the group with some of its most popular repertoire, most notably spirituals, gospel music, and jazz standards. Countertenor Philip Wilder, who joined Chanticleer in l990, also serves as Artistic Administrator and Director of Education.



Of the Father's Love Begotten Plainsong, 13th century
Nesciens mater
Jean Mouton (1459-1522)


Mater Chri sti nobilis
Anonymous (English 14th century)
Ecce, quod natura
Anonymous (English 14th century)
Gaude virgo mater Christi
Anonymous (English 14th century)
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Thomas Weelkes (c1575-1623)


In dulci jubilo*
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Ave Maria*
Josquin Desprez (c1450-1521)


Village Wedding*
John Tavener (b1944)


Sã aqui turo zente pleta
Anonymous (Portugal, 17th century)
Rosa das rosas
Alfonso X de Castille (1221-1284)
Ríu, ríu, chíu*
ascribed to Mateo Flecha the elder (1481-1553)



Ave Maria*
Franz Biebl (1906-2001)
Hymne à la Vierge
Pierre Villette (1926-1998)

Wassail Song
English, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
Quelle est cette odeur agréable* French, arr. David Willcocks
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
English, arr. David Willcocks
There is no rose of such virtue
John Joubert (b1927)
A virgin unspotted*
William Billings (1746-1800)
Coventry Carol*
English, arr. Jonathan Rathbone
The First Nowell*
English, arr. David Willcocks
No Small Wonder
Paul Wigmore, Paul Edwards
In the bleak mid-winter*
Gustav Holst (1874-1934),
arr. Joseph Jennings
Glory to the Newborn King* Traditional, arr. Jennings
Well, the Savior is Born
Glory to the Newborn King
Oh, what a pretty little baby
Jesus, oh what a wonderful child

Program is subject to change

Tickets for Chanticleer, December 13, are $42-$21. 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.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s 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.