2012 Art & Soul Features Chanticleer

Perkins School of Theology's Art & Soul 2012 presented the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Sunday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. The performance took place at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue, in the Dallas Arts District.

In an October 29 review for The Dallas Morning News, Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell writes: "For the life of me, I can’t remember choral singing more drop-dead, chills-down-the-back elegant than that offered Sunday night by the male vocal ensemble Chanticleer." Read the entire review (subscription may be required).

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. Image of ChanticleerThe 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 included 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.

Art & Soul is a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Claudia and Taylor Robinson, both graduates of Southern Methodist University, established the fund with the intention that it be devoted to surveying the arts as interpreters of religious beliefs and practices.

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