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CHANTICLEER CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH "A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS" ON THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

October 23, 2012
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CHANTICLEER

PRESENTS

“A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS” 

APPEARING AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.

AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 4 p.m.

 

Chanticleer celebrates 35th season in 2012-2013

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 23, 2012 – A time-honored tradition at concert halls across the country, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble rings in the holiday season with its majestic Christmas concert. Celebrating its 35th season in 2012-2013, Chanticleer brings two performances to the greater Washington, D.C. area on Thanksgiving weekend, showcasing ancient hymns, venerated sacred works, traditional European and American carols and delightful holiday favorites during two glorious evenings of music.

 “A Chanticleer Christmas” comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 8 p.m. as part of the Center’s Great Performances at Mason season. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The ensemble also brings “A Chanticleer Christmas” to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 4 p.m. as part of its Hylton Presents season. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Prince William Hospital is the 2012-2013 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor and Prince William County is the 2012-2013 Hylton Presents Holiday Performance Sponsor.

The program for each concert will feature music spanning centuries and genres by such celebrated composers as Gabrieli, Praetorius, Poulenc, Handl and Tallis. Franz Biebl’s awe-inspiring version of the “Ave Maria,” a cherished favorite at Chanticleer’s concerts, will also be performed.

“The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of colors and swagger of style,” says the Boston Globe about this masterful male a cappella ensemble that is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices.” Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” this San Francisco-based ensemble of 12 was founded in 1978 by the late tenor Louis Botto. Throughout the years, Chanticleer has developed an outstanding reputation for its flawless technique, rapturous melodies and original interpretations of a vocal literature including everything from Gregorian chant and Renaissance music to jazz, gospel and contemporary music.

Chanticleer has released numerous recordings, including two Grammy Award-winning albums, “Colors of Love” and “Lamentations and Praises”; several Christmas albums, including “Sing We Christmas,” “Our Heart’s Joy” and “Our Favorite Carols”; and a DVD titled “Fireside Christmas with Chanticleer.” Chanticleer’s most recent album, “The Siren’s Call,” will be released on Oct. 24, 2012 and was recorded live at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Sept. 14 and 16, 2012. The album features compositions by Chinese composer Chen Yi and Irish composer Michael McGlynn, as well as works by Bates, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Gesualdo and Vince Peterson’s arrangement of “Temptation” by singer-songwriter Tom Waits. On Oct. 2, 2012, Chanticleer released its first studio album in five years, “By Request,” featuring works by William Byrd, Daniel Lesur, Erika Lloyd, Chen Yi, Steven Sametz, Mason Bates and others, which have been audience favorites at Chanticleer’s concerts around the globe.

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Prince William Hospital as the

2012-2013 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

                                                      

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Prince William County as the

2012-2013 Hylton Presents Holiday Performances Sponsor.

 

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

Tickets for “A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS” are $24, $40 and $48. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for the “A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS” are $32, $40 and $48. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 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. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

 

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 1,123-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.