October 17, 2012
Perkins School of Theology’s Art and Soul presents the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 28, in the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue, in the Dallas Arts District.
Chanticleer, based in San Francisco, is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
The group gives approximately 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Paris. On a 10-country tour in early 2012 the ensemble returned to Europe’s most renowned concert halls, including the Musikverein in Vienna, Bela Bartok Concert Hall in Budapest, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. The New Yorker has described Chanticleer as “The world’s reigning male chorus.”
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. In 1999 Christine Bullin joined Chanticleer as President and General Director.
Selections from the evening’s performance include music from the 16th century (Palestrina, et al.), the 20th and 21st centuries (Samuel Barber, et al.), as well as selected spirituals and gospel songs.
Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Roberta Cox at 214-768-4999 or visit www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/UpcomingEvents/ArtSoul.
Art and Soul events are made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins. SMU alums, Claudia and Taylor Robinson, established the fund with the intention that it be devoted to surveying the arts as interpreters of religious beliefs and practices.
Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., in Cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology is to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry.