Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks on its 42nd season in 2019-20, performing up to 100 concerts in the United States, the Bay Area, and around the world. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition.
Chanticleer’s 2019-20 season will be the fifth under the direction of Music Director William Fred Scott. Trade Winds, celebrating ocean voyaging and exotic climes, will include the world premiere performances of John Masefield’s poem ‘Trade Winds’ by Michigan based composer Zhou Tian, Portuguese music new to the ensemble, songs from the Asia-Pacific region as well as early music by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Penalosa. Chanticleer’s popular A Chanticleer Christmas is heard this season in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Illinois before coming home for 13 performances in the Bay Area and Southern California. A Chanticleer Christmas is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide. Chanticleer’s renowned National Youth Choral Festival, hosting 10 choruses from around the country for five days of workshop and performance takes place in March, and Faith of our Fathers, the seasons’s final concert, will traverse a broad sacred repertoire. New in 2018-19, a Salon Series consisting of intimate performances in unusual locations will be announced.