Multi-Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer performs composer’s world premiere Nico Muhly‘s Beauty of the Day this spring at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus in Philadelphia (April 13).
Commissioned by Chanticleer, Beauty of the Day is a work inspired by the transcendent power of nature and designed for collaboration, with additional parts for pipe organ and full SATB choir. For the premiere, Chanticleer welcomes the Philadelphia Chorale and organist Alan Morrison, the head of the organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music who has been praised by the American organist for his “fascinating” performances. Chanticleer will resume the work in Santa Fe in May with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and organist Maxine Thévenot (May 5) and in San Luis Obispo with organist Paul Woodring and two Cal Poly choirs: the Chœur de chambre de l school and PolyPhonics (May 12).
Following these performances, upcoming Chanticleer summer highlights include the ninth annual Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop (June 15-19), as well as a performance at one of the band’s favorite summer destinations: the Ravinia Festival (July 28).
Long known for its deep commitment to commissioning new compositions and arrangements, Chanticleer has also devoted much of its extensive catalog of recordings to these commissions, which have won two Grammy Awards and accolades including Dale Warland Singers Commissioning. Award from Chorus America and the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Beauty of the Day is the ensemble’s second collaboration with Muhly, having commissioned Three Moon Songs from him in 2015 and recorded it on the live album Over the Moon. Chanticleer’s new music director, Tim Keeler, explains:
“Part of what makes choral music so special is its ability to create communities around shared visions and experiences. In 2020, we commissioned Nico Muhly writing a piece for Chanticleer that would be a vehicle for that kind of sharing with outside ensembles as we travel across the country. Beauty of the Day is a set of lyrics that capture the wonder and grandeur of the natural world, and we can’t imagine a more perfect subject matter to facilitate the shared experience of choral music than the shared experience of living on this planet.”
June 15-19, Chanticleer returns to Sonoma State University in North Bay for the Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop, the ninth edition of the five-day event since its debut in 2005. The workshop is aimed at adult amateur choral singers who love ensemble singing and want to improve their skills. The twelve members of Chanticleer participate in coaching sessions, workshops and demonstrations of rehearsal techniques, as well as more informal interactions with workshop participants. The workshop concludes with a concert for family and friends featuring the workshop participants singing along with the members of Chanticleer.
Chanticleer’s gig at Ravinia this summer marks a return to familiar territory; past performances at the legendary summer festival have earned praise for “vocal pyrotechnics” complemented by “a wide range of emotional expression” (Chicago Classical Review) and declared “electrifying” (The View From Here). In 2003, the Chicago Tribune acknowledged what has been a hallmark of the group throughout its four and a half decades of existence: “They approach their arsenal of pop, jazz and spirituals with the same technical discipline and the same musical integrity they bring to their classical repertoire.”
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The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male choir” by The New Yorker, and is known worldwide as “an orchestra of voices” for its extensive repertoire and his dazzling virtuosity. Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by a singer and musicologist Louis BottoChanticleer quickly established themselves as one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world, selling over a million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts to audiences around the world.
Rooted in the Renaissance, Chanticleer’s repertoire has expanded to include a wide range of classical, gospel, jazz and popular music and to reflect a deep commitment to commissioning new compositions and arrangements. The ensemble devoted much of its vast catalog of recordings to these commissions, winning Grammy Awards for its recordings of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations & Praises and the ambitious collection of commissioned works titled Colors of Love. Chanticleer is the recipient of Chorus America’s Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award and the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. During his tenure at Chanticleer, its Music Director Emeritus Joseph H. Jennings received the Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award for his contribution to the African-American choral tradition.
Named after the “clear-crowded” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer continues to maintain an ambitious lineup in its hometown of San Francisco, including an extensive education and outreach program, which recently reached more than 8,000 people, and an annual concert series that includes his legendary holiday tradition, “A Chanticleer Christmas.”