In what has become an annual tradition in recent years, Chanticleer is returning to Cincinnati this coming Friday, Feb. 19, as part of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral’s concert series – “Great Music in a Great Space.”
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco-based GRAMMY-award-winning Chanticleer celebrates its 38th season in 2015-16. As has been typical in recent years, the 12-member ensemble has created a themed tour program intended to become their next recording. They then spend months honing things during concert appearances all over the U.S. and beyond, before committing the songs to disc…or nowadays, hard drive.
This year’s “Over the Moon” program presents music ranging from an eponymous commission by Nico Muhly to several works by Gustav Mahler to early masters Josquin, Lasso and Monteverdi, and Anglicans Elgar and Finzi, plus an assortment of dessert-like pop songs, folk songs and spirituals to top off the evening.
The 2015-16 season is the first under the direction of newly appointed music director William Fred Scott. He was artistic director and principal conductor of the Atlanta Opera from 1985 to 2005, and associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1981-1988, a post offered to him by legendary conductor Robert Shaw. He comes to Chanticleer after a five-year tenure as director of choral music at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.