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"A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 4, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES BACK

CHANTICLEER

"A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS"

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at 2 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 4, 2008This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a beloved tradition at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Chanticleer is renowned for its flawless technique, featuring a pure, radiant sound that fills the concert hall with rapturous melody and crystal-clear articulation. Center audiences have the opportunity to witness "A Chanticleer Christmas" on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. This enchanting performance of holiday music includes a program that mingles Medieval and Renaissance music with American spirituals, 13th century motets and favorite Christmas carols. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Sterling Capital Management Group is the performance sponsor for "A Chanticleer Christmas."

Named for the “clear singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s "The 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. 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 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, including Grammy Awards in 2000 and 2002. The New Yorker described their enormously popular album, "Sing We Christmas," as “one of those rare holiday albums good enough to listen to all year round.” Chanticleer was also recently inducted into the American Classical Musical Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, and was named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. In fall 2008, the group also released "The Mission Road," a CD and DVD set featuring music from California’s vibrant mission period.

 

A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS 

I

Veni, veni Emmanuel/Corde natus ex Parentis/Adeste Fideles                 

Plainsong, 15th c./"Divinum Mysterium" Sanctus trope, 11th c./John Francis Wade (1711-1786)

Bazmutyunq                  Komitas Vartabed (Soghomon Soghomonian 1869-1935)

II

Alma redemptoris mater*                  Plainsong

Alma redemptoris mater                 Anon. 14th century English

Alma redemptoris mater*                   Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Serenissima una noche                           Gerónimo Gonzáles (fl. 1600)

 III

En! Natus est Emanuel                                   Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

Psallite*

Vom Himmel hoch                                                                          

IV

Ave Maria*                  Josquin Desprez   (c. 1450-1521)

My Soul Magnifies the Lord   Op. 40, No. 1                 Pavel Chesnokov   (1877-1944)

Village Wedding*                      John Tavener (b. 1944)

INTERMISSION

V

Ave Maria*                  Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

Bethlehem Down                            Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

VI

Caroling, Caroling/Bright, Bright the Holly Berries       Wilha Hutson, Alfred Burt

El noi de la Mare*                  Traditional Catalan, arr. Enrique Ribo

Fum, Fum, Fum!                  Traditional Spanish and Catalan lyrics

                  English text and arrangement by Ken Malucelli

Il est né le divin enfant                  Traditional French, arr. John Rutter

Huron Carol*                  Traditional Huron melody, arr. Joseph Jennings

The First Nowell*                  Traditional English, arr. David Willcocks

Medley of Christmas Spirituals Traditional, arr. Jennings

Everywhere I Go*

Oh, What A Pretty Little Baby*+

Oh Jerusalem in the Morning*

* These works have been recorded by Chanticleer, and will be available at the performance.

+This work is published in the anthology A Chanticleer Christmas.

Program subject to change.

 

STERLING MANAGEMENT GROUP is the performance sponsor for

A Chanticleer Christmas. 

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $48, $40, $24. 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.