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CHANTICLEER BRINGS "A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS" TO FAIRFAX AND MANASSAS IN NOVEMBER

October 25, 2011
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CHANTICLEER

BRINGS

“A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS”

TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.

AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va. and MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 25, 2011 – “No one does a better choral Christmas than the virtuoso male voices of Chanticleer.” (New Yorker) For more than 30 years, Chanticleer’s elegant Christmas concert has been a longstanding hallmark of the holiday season in concert halls across the nation. This year, “A Chanticleer Christmas” kicks off the Christmas season with performances at two venues in the greater Washington, D.C. area on Thanksgiving weekend. The ensemble’s enchanting holiday program features traditional Christmas carols, revered sacred works, joyful seasonal favorites and more.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at 8 p.m., Chanticleer returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax as part of its Great Performances at Mason series. 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.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at 4 p.m., Chanticleer appears for the first time at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas as part of its Hylton Presents series. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

“The only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer about this a cappella ensemble featuring 12 masterful male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. Named for the “clear singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” this San Francisco-based ensemble was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto. Chanticleer has since developed a remarkable reputation for its flawless technique, rapturous melodies and original interpretations of vocal literature that spans 10 centuries and includes everything from Gregorian chant and Renaissance music to jazz, gospel and contemporary music.

The ensemble has released numerous recordings, including 2000’s “Colors of Love” and 2002’s “Lamentations and Praises,” which each earned Grammy Awards. Chanticleer has also released several Christmas albums, including “Sing We Christmas,” and its newest album, 2011’s “Our Favorite Carols.”

The ensemble also recently released a DVD titled “Fireside Christmas with Chanticleer,” as well as a CD titled “Best of Chanticleer,” featuring three new tracks, including Mahler’s “Ich bin der welt” and Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Chanticleer also recently had the privilege of collaborating with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra on a note-perfect rendition of the original score for the 10th anniversary of the video game “Halo.”  

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.

 

TICKET INFORMATION FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

 

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

 

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

 

Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $32, $40, $48. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.

 

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 the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University

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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.