Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present Chanticleer Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble will perform a program entitled “The Gypsy in My Soul,” featuring traditional gypsy music from Eastern Europe along with songs by Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Peter Gabriel and Irving Berlin.
Chanticleer was founded in 1978 in San Francisco and has been called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by The New Yorker magazine. This season the ensemble is performing throughout the U.S. with concerts in 25 states and will tour in Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.
Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices and its original interpretations of vocal literature, encompassing every genre from Renaissance music to jazz and gospel.
In 2000, Chanticleer won a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance for “Colors of Love,” and in 2003 the ensemble won two Grammys for Best Small Ensemble Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for “Lamentations and Praises.”
During its 30th anniversary season in 2008, Chanticleer was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year, marking the first time a vocal ensemble had received the award.
Chanticleer’s Performing Arts Center concert will be recorded for national broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, heard by 1.3 million listeners across the country.
Tickets for the concert $25-$42 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
The Performing Arts Center will offer a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Patrons are invited to “Make It an Evening” at the Georgia Museum of Art (located next to the Performing Arts Center) for dessert, coffee and gallery tours beginning at 6 p.m.