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Media Release Wednesday 15th January 2014

‘World’s reigning male chorus’ Chanticleer to perform at The National Concert Hall

Named “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008 Chanticleer make a welcome return to Ireland to perform for the first time at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 9 February as part of the International Concert Series 2013/2014.

The San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble perform a rich and varied programme of works. Entitled ‘She Said/He Said’; it features a range of pieces from renaissance madrigals through to Mendelssohn, Brahms and Ravel as well as folk songs, spirituals, jazz and popular song.

Chanticleer's current European Tour takes them to Moscow via Paris, Antwerp, Bruges, Rotterdam, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and St. Petersburg. Known around the world as ‘an orchestra of voices’ for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices and its original interpretations of vocal literature, the San Francisco Chronicle has praised them for their ‘tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity’.

In September, Chanticleer launched a new studio album, Someone New, which is a collection of jazz/pop tunes by composers such as Brubeck, Jobim, Gotye, Waits, Mercury, Elbow, M83 and others newly arranged for Chanticleer. Since they began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million copies and garnered two GRAMMY® awards.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997.

For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Tel: 01 417 0057/ 087 1775334

Programme: ‘She Said | He Said’

Gregory Peebles, Kory Reid, Darita Seth – soprano
Cortez Mitchell, Alan Reinhardt, Adam Ward – alto
Michael Bresnahan, Brian Hinman, Ben Jones – tenor
Eric Alatorre, Matthew Knickman, Marques Jerrell Ruff – baritone and bass
Jace Wittig, Interim Music Director

Gaude gloriosa*  Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525 – 1594)
Regina caeli laetare*  Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 – 1611)
O frondens virga  Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
Ave Virgo sanctissima  Francisco Guerrero (c. 1528 – 1599)

Tirsi morir volea  Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1532 – 1585)
Oimè se tanto amate  Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)

Schöne Fremde from Gartenlieder  Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 – 1847)              
Wasserfahrt from Sechs Lieder , op. 50, no. 4  Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)              
Nachtwache I from Fünf Gesänge , op. 104, no. 1 Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)       
Trois Chansons   Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
1. Nicolette
2. Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis
3. Ronde

Let Down the Bars, O Death  Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)
Wait” Fantasy*   arr. Steve Hackman (b. 1980)
                              “Wait” Music & Lyrics by Anthony Gonzalez/Yann Gonzalez/Morgan Kibby/
                              Brad Laner/Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2013


Give me Hunger  Stacy Garrop (b. 1969)
Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2013
A Boy and a Girl    Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

L’Amour de moy*  Trad. French, arr. Alice Parker / Robert Shaw
Oy Polná, Polná Koróbushka*  Trad. Russian, arr. Constantine Shvedoff

Willow, Weep for Me*  Ann Ronell, arr. J. Jennings
Ring of Fire*  June Carter Cash/Merle Kilgore, arr. Michael McGlynn
Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2013
Mirrorball*  Elbow/Guy Garvey, arr. Peter Eldridge
Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2013
I Feel Better*  Wally De Backer, arr. Darmon Meader
Commissioned by Chanticleer in 2013

Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow*  Trad. arr. Joseph Jennings
Sit Down Servant / Plenty Good Room*  Trad. arr. Joseph Jennings

(Programme subject to change).
*These works have been recorded and are available at this performance and at www.chanticleer.org
†These pieces have been published through Hinshaw Music as part of the Chanticleer Choral Series.
Tickets: €25, €30, €40, €50 (€20 Choir Balcony)
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 / www.nch.ie