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CHANTICLEER PRESENTS "MY SPIRIT SANG ALL DAY"

March 5, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK
CHANTICLEER
"MY SPIRIT SANG ALL DAY"
30TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 5, 2008 – “America’s favorite chorale ensemble” (The New Yorker) is always a favorite of Center for the Arts audiences. Chanticleer returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. for "My Spirit Sang All Day," a special program commemorating 30 years of vocal brilliance. Filled with the hallmarks of their expansive repertoire, the harmonious evening includes works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mahler, traditional folk songs, spirituals, plainsong and chant, performed with “luxurious perfection.” (Los Angeles Times) The performance is sponsored by Sterling Management Group.

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. The seamless blend of these 12 male voices—ranging from bass to countertenor—a reverence for great music, an unwavering commitment to virtuosic performance and a passion for the development and preservation of the choral repertoire has earned the ensemble international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”



Their recordings consistently garner both popular and critical acclaim and have been the object of numerous awards. The ensemble’s 2005 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, and garnered two Grammy Awards for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. 



STERLING MANAGEMENT GROUP is the performance sponsor for Chanticleer’s My Spirit Sang All Day.

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

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

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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.