Chanticleer to Release New Album on Warner Classics in Celebration of 40th Anniversary

Chanticleer to Release New Album on Warner Classics in Celebration of 40th Anniversary

Warner Classics is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chanticleer, "the world's reigning male chorus" (The New Yorker), with a new recording, Then and There, Here and Now, to be released October 12. The group will tour the album around the world, with 52 performances across the United States, Europe, and Russia including stops in Dublin, Wexford, Paris, Luxembourg, Budapest, Prague, Hannover, Leipzig, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.

Then and There, Here and Now, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, will feature recordings of longtime ensemble favorites including works by Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, and popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn, Puerling, and others. The recording represents the expansive aesthetic of Chanticleer's repertoire, from the earliest music to the most recent, some of its favorite composers and arrangers, and the blend of male voices from soprano to contrabass that makes it unique.

Having started on August 4 in San Francisco, Chanticleer's 2018-19 season includes 52 performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. In the United States, the ensemble will visit 23 states with 27 of their scheduled concerts focused around the San Francisco Bay Area. Two European tours throughout January and February of 2019 will take them throughout Europe and into Russia.

Since its founding in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, Chanticleer has championed music ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary compositions and arrangements of pop hits, impressing critics and fans alike with their "tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity" (San Francisco Chronicle). With over 100 premieres, more than a million records sold, an impressive roster over the years of 120 performers, and a steadfast commitment to music education and community outreach, Chanticleer's 40-year influence is far-reaching. Barbara Tannenbaum writes, "At forty, Chanticleer has been in existence nearly as many years as its founder, Louis Botto, lived. Not surprisingly, the ensemble has inspired new generations of singers. 'We see people audition who grew up with Chanticleer's records and CDs,' says [Kip] Cranna. 'They've idolized the group from the beginning.'"

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