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Posted by: Kathy Stalbaum Posted on: Sep 15th, 2009, 4:51am
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Grammy Award-winning a cappella chorus Chanticleer, known worldwide as an “orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of male voices, will open the Valparaiso University Choral Concert Series with an Oct. 2 performance on campus.      
The San Francisco-based ensemble will reflect on some of the most profound human experiences during an 8 p.m. concert in Valpo’s Chapel of the Resurrection. Tickets to Chanticleer’s performance are $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at the Valpo Box Office at (219) 464-5162 or online at http://www.valpo.edu/vuca.      
Chanticleer’s program, “In Time Of …,” will feature songs of love and loss, war and peace. Twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass will perform some of the choral repertoire’s most beautiful music by Palestrina, Dufay, Janequin, Ligeti, Chen Yi, Sametz, McGlynn and Bates. The concert at Valpo will conclude with Chanticleer performing a selection of folk songs, popular songs and spirituals.
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by New Yorker magazine, Chanticleer was named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America and is known for its original interpretation of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Chanticleer tours throughout the world, including recent performances at prestigious music festivals in France, Germany, Poland and Latvia, and this spring completed a tour of China. The ensemble also involves thousands of young people annually in its extensive education program, which includes in-school clinics, workshops and youth choral festivals.
The ensemble released “The Mission Road,” a CD and DVD set featuring music from California’s mission period, last fall and was recently inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
Two of the world’s most renowned choral groups and several University ensembles will perform at the Chapel of the Resurrection during Valpo’s Choral Concert Series (http://www.valpo.edu/music/performances/choral_concert_series.php). The five performances during the Choral Concert Series will provide music lovers from Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland and Southwest Michigan an opportunity to hear some of the world’s finest choral groups and music.      
Other performances in Valpo’s Choral Concert Series are:
    * Nov. 6 – The Vienna Boys’ Choir, one of the world’s best-known boy’s choirs, will perform at 7:30 p.m.  
    * Dec. 4 and 5 – The Valparaiso University Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival, featuring the Valpo Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Concert Band. This year’s concert will feature familiar seasonal choral works at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5.  
    * March 20 – The “St. Matthew Passion” by Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring Valpo’s Bach Institute Choir and Orchestra and the Valpo Chorale led by acclaimed guest conductor Hermann Max, at 7 p.m.  
    * May 2 – Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), featuring Valpo’s Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and professional musicians from the region at 3 p.m.  
Season subscriptions providing admission to all five concerts in Valpo’s Choral Concert Series may be purchased and are $250 for Gold Circle tickets that include reserved seating, $90 for adult general admission and $75 for senior citizens and students. Tickets to the Nov. 6 Vienna Boys’ Choir concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets to the Valpo Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. Tickets to the March 20 and May 2 concerts are $25 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students.
Season subscriptions for the entire Choral Concert Series and tickets for individual performances may be purchased at the Valpo Box Office at (219) 464-5162 or online at http://www.valpo.edu/vuca.
More information about Valpo’s Department of Music, including future concerts and recitals, is online at http://www.valpo.edu/music or by calling the VU Center for the Arts at (219) 464-5162. The public also is invited to sign up for a monthly e-mail that will announce upcoming Valpo visual and performing arts news and events at http://www.valpo.edu/vuca/mailinglist.php.

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