Grammy Award-Winning Vocal Group Chanticleer in Concert: "Love's Messengers"
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The last date listed for Chanticleer in "Love's Messengers" was Friday May 25, 2007 / 8:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“precise, pure, and deeply felt singing” —New York Times
“Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does – through luxurious perfection.” —Los Angeles Times
Making its 11th appearance at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Chanticleer, America’s premier all male vocal ensemble, celebrates its 29th season with a one-night-only performance. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from exquisitely pure countertenor to rich bass, the San Francisco-based group has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”
Hailed by The New Yorker as “America’s favorite choral ensemble,” the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble is performing more than 80 concerts in 22 states across the U.S. in 2006-07. A tour of prestigious European summer festivals in July will see the ensemble in France, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Since 1994, Chanticleer has recorded exclusively for Warner Classics, making the group’s recordings available worldwide. In 2005, “Sound in Spirit,” a mosaic of sacred chant from across time and cultures, was released. BBC Music called Chanticleer’s performances on the recording “impeccably tuned and consistently beautiful,” and gave the album the magazine’s highest rating. In 2004, the ensemble released “How Sweet the Sound: Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music” featuring guest artist Bishop Yvette Flunder. “Colors of Love” won the Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. The world-premiere recording of “Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises” was released in January 2002 to critical acclaim, and garnered two Grammy awards, for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Chanticleer’s three Christmas recordings are especially popular, as is the DVD of the 2002 Christmas concert at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, which is broadcast nationally on public television.
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 and 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.