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

November 11, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS

CHANTICLEER

“A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS”

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 3, 2009 – “The only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Renowned for its flawless technique, Chanticleer produces 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. 28 at 8 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.”

The program includes a mesmerizing Gregorian Chant, breathtaking versions of the “Ave Maria” by Renaissance composer Josquin Desprez and 20th century composer Franz Biebl and a popular Provençal Christmas carol called “Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella” that evokes images of small villages and colorful village-folk celebrating the season. Chanticleer will conclude with a medley of Christmas spirituals titled “Glory to the Newborn King,” arranged by Music Director Emeritus Joseph Jennings.

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.”

Celebrating its 32nd season, Chanticleer performs more than 100 concerts during the 2009-10 season, including its debuts in Ireland and the People’s Republic of China. This year, Chanticleer is also scheduled to make its fifth appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” on Dec. 4.

Chanticleer’s recordings consistently garner both popular and critical acclaim, and have been the object of numerous honors, 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,” and wrote that “no one does a better choral Christmas than the virtuoso male voices of Chanticleer,” about the group’s recently released DVD, “Fireside Christmas with Chanticleer.” 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.

 

Sterling Capital Management Group is the performance sponsor for Chanticleer’s “A Chanticleer Christmas.”

Tickets for “A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS” are $48, $40, $24. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.