The Grammy award winning group called “The world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Chanticleer, will be appearing at Wautoma’s McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 22nd at 3:00 PM. Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, and for their original interpretations of vocal literature. The performance is being sponsored by Moose Inn, Pioneer Floral & Greenhouse, Dick Rathjen, Olsen’s Mill, Martz Insurance Agency, Tim & Linda Freudenthal, and Soundworks Systems, Inc.
Founded by Louis Botto in 1978 in San Francisco, 2014-15 is Chanticleer’s 37th Season. The multiple Grammy Award-winning all-male vocal ensemble is comprised of 12 singers hailing from across the U.S.
Chanticleer’s repertoire spans ten centuries from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and Romantic art song to contemporary music, jazz, spirituals and world music. Chanticleer gives approximately 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Internationally, as well as its home base of San Francisco.
Named after the clear-singing rooster in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tale, Chanticleer is frequently called “an orchestra of voices”. All 12 singers are full-time personnel on annual salary, which is extremely rare for a vocal ensemble. The group has recorded more than 30 albums for Teldec/Warner Classics & Chanticleer Records, and sold over 1 million recordings.
Chanticleer’s awards, media recognitions and achievements include:
- “Colors of Love”: Grammy Awards in 2000 for Best Small Ensemble Performance and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album.
- The world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s “Lamentations and Praises”: Grammy awards for Classical Best Small Ensemble and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
- 2008 Musical America‘s Ensemble of the Year
- Inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Chorus America’s prestigious Education and Outreach Award in 2010
- Billboard magazine’s Top 10 best-selling classical artists
Chanticleer’s Wautoma concert is entitled The Gypsy in My Soul. The presentation explores the gypsy in all of our souls – that irresistible urge to wander representing in music ranging from the Eastern European roots of the gypsy influence to the pervasive influence of gypsy rhythms in music from around the world. Featured music includes works by Gabrieli, Palestrina, Victoria, Poulenc, Villa-Lobos, Ligeti, de Falla, Ellington, Gershwin, Jobim and Weill. Not only specific gypsy musical influences will be represented. The eternal urge to perpetual wandering, literal and spiritual, profound and also lighthearted which is also a fundamental part of our own character will be revealed in the breadth and variety of music which is the hallmark of Chanticleer.
Tickets to the Chanticleer concert are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office will be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, and from noon until the performance on February 22nd. Patrons may also purchase a special dinner package for Moose Inn along with their show tickets. Orders may be placed by phone at (920) 787-2189, or toll-free at (888) 987-2189, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted.