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Chanticleer

San Francisco, CA, United States

== Chanticleer == === Mission and History === '''Chanticleer''' is an internationally recognized male choral ensemble known for its vivid interpretations and diverse repertoire, which ranges from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres. The mission of Chanticleer is to present choral music at the highest level of excellence and to foster worldwide appreciation for the art of ensemble singing through live performances, education, recording, and the creation of new choral works. The ensemble is committed to adapting to the rapidly changing dynamics of the music industry while maintaining its distinctive brand and flexibility. ==== Founding ==== Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by Louis A. Botto, a graduate student in musicology who was struck by the absence of live performances of vocal music from the medieval and Renaissance periods. Botto formed the group with the intention of reviving this neglected repertoire using an all-male ensemble, in keeping with the traditions of the time. The founding members, drawn from the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, debuted to a full house at San Francisco’s Old Mission Dolores on June 27, 1978. The ensemble's name, suggested by founding baritone Charlie Erikson, comes from the clear-singing rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s "The Nun’s Priest’s Tale," itself taken from the French tale "Renard the Fox," combining the words "chanter" (to sing) and "clair" (clear). ==== Development and Achievements ==== From its humble beginnings, Chanticleer set an ambitious goal of providing full-time, salaried positions for its members, which it achieved in 1991. The early years were characterized by extensive touring and a spirit of camaraderie, with Botto often cooking for the group during their travels. Chanticleer's reputation grew rapidly, leading to international tours and performances in some of the world's most prestigious concert venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The ensemble gained significant recognition when it was invited to perform at the International Josquin Symposium in Belgium in 1984, marking the beginning of its global presence. Chanticleer has since toured extensively, including performances in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. ==== Recordings and Collaborations ==== In 1987, Chanticleer established its own record label, Chanticleer Records, releasing ten discs over six years. This led to an exclusive recording contract with Teldec in 1994, which helped disseminate Chanticleer's music to over 60 countries. The ensemble has won multiple GRAMMY awards, including for their albums "Colors of Love" and "Lamentations and Praises." Chanticleer has also collaborated with numerous artists and orchestras, and has commissioned over 70 composers, resulting in more than 90 pieces premiered by the group. ==== Education and Outreach ==== Chanticleer's dedication to education has been recognized with the Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. The ensemble reaches over 5,000 students annually through its comprehensive education programs, under the guidance of a full-time Education Director. ==== Legacy ==== Louis Botto's vision for Chanticleer has been realized beyond his initial aspirations, with the ensemble known not only for its musical excellence but also for its versatility and innovative spirit. The Wall Street Journal has referred to the group as "Botto’s miracle," a testament to its founder's dedication and the ensemble's enduring impact on the choral music landscape.

== Chanticleer == === Mission and History === '''Chanticleer''' is an internationally recognized m...


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Chanticleer

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