Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. During its 2017-18 season, Chanticleer will perform 51 concerts in the U.S. and Europe, including a highly anticipated return engagement to the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Saturday, July 21.
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 12 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 2017-18 season is the third under the direction of Music Director William Fred Scott. The evening’s program at the Opera House, entitled “Then and There, Here and Now,” will take a panoramic look back at Chanticleer's favorite composers and repertoires, along with a world premiere by Matthew Aucoin.
Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold over a million albums and won mulltiple GRAMMY® awards. In 2014 Chorus America conferred the inaugural Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award on Chanticleer's Music Director Emeritus Joseph H. Jennings to acknowledge his contribution to the African-American choral tradition. Chanticleer's long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.
Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as artistic director until his death in 1997. 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.
The performance at the Opera House is made possible thanks to sponsorship support from OmniHelios and Dr. David Liland. Advance discounted $30 tickets are available from the box office at 86 Townsend Avene, Boothbay Harbor or by calling 633-5159. Regularly priced $35 tickets are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door, if available. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30.