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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chanticleer's Out Of This World at Marhkham Theatre

CHANTICLEER

Out Of This World!

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 at 8:00PM

Tickets: $59 $54 and $49

For Tickets call 905-305-SHOW (7469) or Toll Free 1-866-768-8801

Box Office Hours: Mon – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
www.markhamtheatre.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Washington Post has dubbed Grammy Award winning a capella chorus Chanticleer “The reigning gods of the men′s chorus world. The only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation over its 33-year history for its interpretation of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, Chanticleer has earned international renown as "an orchestra of voices", and now boasts countless fans around the world. Chanticleer′s debut performance at the Markham Theatre takes place at 8:00PM on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The only GTA stop on the Out of this Worldtour, this celestial-themed program includes repertoire drawn from the Italian Renaissance, German Romantic, and American modern eras.

Exploring new music has been a defining characteristic of the group for three decades, so it is no surprise that Chanticleer′s Out of this Worldperformance features a span of over 500 years of musical responses to the planets, the moon, the sun and the stars. The program begins with four early sacred settings, among these, two settings of Ave regina coelorum and a double-choir piece by Andrea Gabrieli. A quartet of four Italian poems: the Renaissance madrigals, both by Claudio Monteverdi, and William Hawley’s six-voice Fuggi, fuggi dolor, Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia,Robert Schumann’s An die Sterne, and a choral arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt follow. A selection of newer works, such as Kirke Mechem’s Island in Space; a premiere performance of Berkeley-based composer Mason Bates′ Observer in the Magellanic Cloud and Stelle, vostra mercè, a piece written for Chanticleer, artfully employ the group’s voices to evoke a sky full of stars. Sarah Hopkins’ textless Past Life Melodies and a finale of four arrangements of jazz and musical theater are also highlights. Rounding out the lush program is Vince Peterson′s arrangement Cells Planets composed by Erika Lloyd, lead singer of New York Indie rock bank Little Grey Girlfriend; and Change the World an anthem popularized by legendary rocker Eric Clapton.

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 Artistic Director until his death in 1997. During their remarkable 33-year history, Chanticleer has seen its share of changes in personnel, including this season, in which two of the 12 singers are new. Nevertheless, the group still maintains a trademark sound, a smooth blend, a wide dynamic range and a purity of tone.

Since 1994, Chanticleer has been recording exclusively for Teldec Classics International, making the group's recordings available worldwide. The ensemble has 22 recordings to its credit, including Colors of Love, which won the GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary A Capella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. Their most recent release, Magnificat, a disc of early music devoted to the Virgin Mary, climbed to the top four on Billboard's Classical Chart. The ensemble performs over 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, as well as their home base of San Francisco.

Chanticleer's long-standing commitment to developing the choral repertoire has led the group to commission works from many composers, includingChen Yi, David Conte, Brent Michael Davids, Anthony Davis, William Hawley, Jake Heggie, Tania LeÛn, Bernard Rands, Steven Sametz, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Stucky, and Augusta Read Thomas. For more information, please visit www.chanticleer.org.

About the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Markham Theatre is an intimate 530 seat, state-of-the-art performance facility that attracts the best and brightest stars from around the global. With over 60 performances featuring artists and productions from Asia, South Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the United States and Canada, the 2010/2011 season has been one of the theatre’s most diverse and exciting line-ups to date. With the launch of their 2011/2012 season, this leading performance venue will continue to be at the forefront of cultural diversity, showcasing musical virtuosity from East to West. The 2011 /2012, Season will be unveiled at an exclusive launch event on Monday, May 9 at 7:00PM. For more details on how you can become a member of Markham Theatre’s Circle of Stars and be a part of this special preview event, please call Wendy Woof-Severn, Marketing & Development Manager, Markham Theatre,(905) 415-7537 ext. 5580 / wwoof-severn@markham.ca

Easily accessible, the Markham Theatre is located only 30 minutes from the downtown core and offers world-class entertainment at your doorstep. Flexible package options, student discounts and complimentary parking are available. Markham Theatre offers value priced tickets for students. The EYE GO to the Arts program aimed at High School students offers $5.00 tickets, while college and university students can purchase UGO tickets for $20.00. Student discounts are available upon the presentation of a valid student ID card.

The Markham Theatre’s 26th Annual Season is proudly presented by Flato Developments Inc. Media sponsorship is provided by YRMG, Rogers TV andClassical 96.3 FM.

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