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Chanticleer will perform September 29 at Middlebury’s Mead Chapel. Photo Lisa Kohler

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Vocal Group Chanticleer Comes to Mead Chapel Sept. 29

September 17, 2018

“An Orchestra of Voices” to Open 2018–2019 Performing Arts Series

Middlebury, VT—Known the world over for “Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing” (New York Times), the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer makes its Middlebury debut on Saturday, September 29 at Mead Memorial Chapel. Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

The concert will feature a special program called Then and There, Here and Now that will span musical history in honor of the group’s 40th anniversary season. This panoramic look back at Chanticleer’s favorite composers and repertoires will include selections by Giovanni da Palestrina, William Bird, Richard Strauss, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and many more. Eleven of the works to be performed were written or arranged specifically for Chanticleer.

 

About Chanticleer

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, and praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. They have sold well over a million albums and won two Grammy awards. The popular “A Chanticleer Christmas” is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide.

Chanticleer was founded in San Francisco in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer first became known for its interpretations of Renaissance music, and was later a pioneer in the revival of the South American baroque, recording several award winning titles in that repertoire. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and inducted in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year. William Fred Scott was named Music Director in 2014. A native of Georgia, Scott is the former Assistant Conductor to Robert Shaw at the Atlanta Symphony, former Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera, an organist, and choir director.

Among Chanticleer’s many honors are major grants from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Bob Ross Foundation. Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.

Chanticleer’s education programs engage over 5,000 young people annually. For these efforts, the group was recognized with the 2010 Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

The group was named for the clear-singing rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

 

This concert is part of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ Nelson Series.

 

Performance Details

Chanticleer will perform on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30 P.M. at Mead Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Middlebury College. Mead Chapel is located at 75 Hepburn Road, just off Vermont Route 125 west. Free parking is available along Route 125, on Hillcrest Road, and on Old Chapel Road, with handicap-accessible parking available behind the Chapel on Hepburn Road. Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students; and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

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(photos with white background) Chanticleer will perform September 29 at Middlebury’s Mead Chapel. Photo Lisa Kohler

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