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A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS

November 18, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK THE DULCET TONES AND WARM, RESONANT MELODIES OF
CHANTICLEER
"A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS"
A Luxurious Holiday Entertainment
Friday, December 5, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, November 12, 2003—Praised by The New York Times for its "precise, pure, and deeply felt singing," GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as "an orchestra of voices." A tradition at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, "A Chanticleer Christmas" ushers in the season with a series of mesmerizing chants, sacred music, their incredible rendition of Biebl’s Ave Maria, a spine-tingling version of O Holy Night and their always highly anticipated medley of Yuletide music. The performance is on Friday, December 5 at 8PM. An artistic discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

In 2002/03 Chanticleer celebrated its 25th anniversary with tours to 23 states as well as to France, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Bermuda. November 2003 saw the release of a new Teldec CD, Our American Journey, which spans four centuries of music in North America from the Mexican Baroque to American classics to world premiere commissions. A compilation CD, Chanticleer: A Portrait debuted in March 2003.

The ensemble’s catalog includes Colors of Love, which won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor) and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. The ensemble’s 2000 release, Magnificat, a disc of early music devoted to the Virgin Mary, climbed to number 5 on Billboard’s Classical Chart. The world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises was released in January 2002 to high praise, and garnered two 2003 GRAMMY® awards, for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s 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. In 1999, Christine Bullin joined Chanticleer as President & General Director. Music Director Joseph Jennings joined the ensemble as a countertenor in 1983, and shortly thereafter assumed his current title. A prolific composer and arranger, Mr. Jennings has provided the group with some of its most popular repertoire, most notably spirituals, gospel music, and jazz standards.

Chanticleer is Ian Howell, Timothy Maguire, Jesse Antin, Clifton Massey, Fraser Walters (Soprano & Alto),
Brandon Brack, Justin Montigne, Matthew Oltman (Tenors), and Eric Alatorre, John Bischoff, Ben Johns, Mark Sullivan (Baritone & Bass). Joseph Jennings is Music Director.

PROGRAM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 8:00 P.M.
A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS


I.
Rorate cæli Gregorian Chant
Ave Maria. . .Virgo serena* Jean Mouton (c1459 - 1522)

II.
Quem vidistis, pastores? Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
O magnum mysterium*

III.
Verbum caro factum est* Anononymous (Spanish, 16th century)
O Virgo splendens Anonymous (Spanish, 14th century)
A un niño llorando* Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Virgen sancta* Francisco Guerrero
Serenissima una noche* Gerónimo Gonzáles (fl1600)

IV.
Videntes stellam Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
The Three Kings Jonathan Dove (b1959)
Village Wedding John Tavener (b1944)

Intermission

V.
AVE MARIA*
Franz Biebl (1906-2001)
And the Trees Do Moan Traditional Appalachian, arr. James Fritschel

VI.

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day* Traditional, arr. Dale Grotenhuis
A Christmas Carol* Charles Ives (1874-1954)

VII.
Psallite* Michael Praetorius (1571–1621)
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle! Traditional Provençal, arr. Keyte/Parrott
Tu scendi, dalle stelle Saint Alfonso Maria De Liguori (1696-1787),
arr G. Tiralongo

VIII.
Star of Wonder Terre Roche (b1953), arr. Joseph Jennings
We Three Kings John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1820-1891),
arr. Jennings
O Holy Night Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), arr. Jennings

IX.
I Wonder as I Wander* arr. Mark Keller
Christmas Medley arr. Jennings

Program subject to change.


Tickets for CHANTICLEER are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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. www.gmu.edu/cfa