Chanticleer presents its beloved annual holiday tradition with a transcendent offering of sacred music from the Renaissance to joyful spirituals and traditional carols in some of the Bay Area’s most ornately decorated missions, churches and cathedrals.
In a longstanding Bay Area tradition spanning a remarkable 40 years, A Chanticleer Christmas is one of the ensemble’s most enduring offerings and tells the story of the nativity in music written from the 13th to 21st centuries. The program begins with candlelit Gregorian Chant and continues with a wide selection of music by Palestrina, Sweelinck, Biebel, Rachmaninoff and Poulenc; traditional English and Spanish Carols; and the world premiere of Behold, a Simple, Tender Babe by choral composer Peter Bloesch. Describing the Bay Area’s array of holiday musical offerings, the San Jose Mercury News praised A Chanticleer Christmas as “one of the most consistently rewarding” and “sublimely beautiful” while also commenting that “the ensemble’s phrasing was flawless, it’s dynamics crisp and polished.”
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