Chanticleer workshop and concert Oct. 10-11

On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, there will be a special benefit concert for Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. This special event is in memory of Elizabeth and Ralph Anderson, and will be sponsored by Judith and John Graff.

Music lovers and critics around the world rave about Chanticleer, the 12-man a cappella ensemble. This will be the Rockford debut for the Grammy Award-winning group.

Chanticleer’s repertoire spans 10 centuries and countless genres, and includes everything from Gregorian Chant to contemporary music and jazz. For their Rockford appearance, Chanticleer will perform Earth Songs, pairing poets’ words with music to celebrate the grace of Earth’s creatures, the voices of the seasons and the very rhythms of our planet.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was formed in 1978 around a dining room table in San Francisco, and has released 24 recordings. The ensemble’s busy touring schedule includes some 100 concerts a year across North America, Europe and Japan.

Formed by Louis Botto, who served as the group’s artistic director until his death in 1997, Chanticleer is now under the musical direction of Joseph Jennings, a prolific composer and arranger. Jennings has provided the group with some of the most popular pieces in its repertoire.

The group brings the gift of singing to young people and others by conducting artist-in-the-schools and other outreach programs while on tour.

As part of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s commitment to community outreach, Chanticleer will conduct a workshop for community and church choir directors and members the night before their Rockford performance. The workshop will be conducted at Christ United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10.

You won’t want to miss this fantastic event. For tickets, please call 964-9713.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council and is a regular columnist for The Rock River Times.

From the Oct. 5-11, 2005, issue

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