Grammy award-winning Chanticleer opens Geneva Concerts’ season

Geneva Concerts presents Chanticleer, called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, on Thursday, September 27th, 7:30PM, at the Smith Opera House.

The San Francisco-based Grammy Award-winning ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary in the 2018-19 season. 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.

Their program, Then and There, Here and Now, celebrating the group’s 40th Anniversary, includes music by longtime favorite composers including Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, Bates, and others as well as a new work by Matthew Aucoin, and beloved arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn, and others.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978. Chanticleer became known first 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.

Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million albums and won two Grammy Awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Chanticleer Records, Naxos, ArkivMusic, Amazon, and iTunes, among others, and are available on Chanticleer’s website: www.chanticleer.org.

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30PM in the theater. All ticket holders are invited to attend.

Single ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $10 for full-time college students with I.D. Children through grade 12 are always admitted FREE thanks to our Sponsor-a-Student program. Tickets are available at the Smith Opera House and Stomping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, online at www.genevaconcerts.org, and at the door. All seating is general admission.

Geneva Concerts has brought live music and dance to the community since the 1940s, especially encouraging young people to attend through the Sponsor-A-Student program and educational outreach programs brought to the schools.

The night of the concert, Geneva Concerts volunteers will be available at the entrance to the theater to assist patrons with mobility problems. Drivers can bring passengers to the front door. We will help them from the car and into the front lobby where seating will be available until the driver parks and arrives with the tickets.

For more information, visit www.GenevaConcerts.org. Contact Geneva Concerts at (315) 789-7716 or [email protected].

This concert is made possible, in part, by generous underwriting from the Williams Family Foundation, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts.

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