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

November 4, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

CHANTICLEER

“A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS”

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 15, 2010 – “Precise, pure and deeply felt singing.” (The New York Times) These 12 singers have been a hallmark of the Christmas season for more than 30 years and their magnificent and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at the Center for the Arts. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” this Grammy Award-winning ensemble delights audiences with its flawless technique, rapturous melody and original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance music to jazz, from gospel to popular music. Chanticleer returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. with an enchanting program titled “A Chanticleer Christmas” that features treasured traditional carols, revered sacred works and delightful holiday favorites. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“The only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Named for the “clear singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto and has since developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature. The seamless blend of these 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.”

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.” This season, Chanticleer released “A Chanticleer Christmas,” a CD of favorite Christmas music from performances broadcast on American public media. 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.

  

Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $48, $40, $24. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

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.