“America’s a cappella pride and joy.” —Classics Today
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the ever-popular Chanticleer helps continue the celebration of the museum’s Renaissance galleries in the splendor of the newly built Ames Family Atrium with “A Siren’s Call.” The seductive and irresistible songs of the sirens—sometimes fateful, sometimes fatal—fill Chanticleer’s 35th anniversary opening program. Renowned Chinese composer Chen Yi sounds the call in her own inimitable language, and celebrated Irish composer Michael McGlynn channels the undeniable connection of Ireland and the sea that surrounds it. Other works by Bates, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Gesualdo, and more. Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, and for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Presented in conjunction with the opening of the Renaissance galleries.