Chanticleer Will Perform At Baylor Feb. 17

Feb. 14, 2000

by Richard Veit

Chanticleer, acclaimed worldwide for its splendid interpretations of vocal literature, will present a Distinguished Artist Series concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Roxy Grove Hall on the Baylor University campus. This versatile 12-voice male ensemble this year celebrates its 22nd anniversary as a performing group.

Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang with the group until 1989 and served as its artistic director until his death in 1997. The ensemble has 21 recordings to its credit, and performs more than 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto and Paris, as well as their home base of San Francisco.

The program will open with a set of early vocal music--dating from the 14th through the 16th centuries--followed by a group of English and Italian madrigals.

Next will come a 20th-century set, including music by Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Augusta Read Thomas and John Tavener.

After intermission, Chanticleer will perform music of Latin America, highlighted by two of Alberto Ginastera's Cinco canciones populares argentinas and "Verano Porteño" by the master of the Argentine tango, Astor Piazzolla.

The program will conclude with a selection of popular and gospel music.

Tickets for Baylor students, faculty, and staff are $8 and $12 for the general public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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