Monday, June 04, 2012

Something I shall miss...

Chanticleer - the "Orchestra of Voices". We've had the good fortune of hearing them live in concert at least four times - Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Mission Santa Clara in, well, Santa Clara, St. Joseph's Cathedral in San Jose and, today, Mission San Jose in Fremont. The photograph below is from this site.

It was their Mission Road tour which began Saturday evening at Mission Dolores in San Francisco. It was a marvelous lead into a Sunday evening. A mixture of plainchant and the works of two Mexican composers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The composers were Antonio de Salazar and Manuel de Sumaya (who had been a student of Salazar).

Chanticleer has to be heard, experienced, to be believed. Apart from bases, baritones and tenors, the ensemble boasts countertenors and male sopranos. The music they create is magical.

While they mightn't get to the Midwest with the frequency they may be heard in the Bay Area - they are based in San Francisco - we can take consolation in the fact that we own many of their CDs.

And, who knows, the new Performing Arts Center in Kansas City may tempt them.

6 comments:

  1. Oh they sound lovely from what you write. ^_^

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    1. They sound better than I can describe, Helen.

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  2. Does this mean you are getting ready for the move?

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    1. "Getting ready" would be a generous description, Laura. We've narrowed the move down to the month in which it will occur. That's as far as we've gotten so far. :)

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  3. Most singing sets my nerves on edge thanks to malformations in my ear canals. It makes me seem the curmudgeon around operas and singing groups. I envy the way you seem to get to experience them.

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    1. Back, some years ago, we were in London and were fortunate to attend a concert in St. Paul's Cathedral. John Rutter was conducting some of his own choral works. One of which, Pie Jesu from his Requiem, has a part normally sung by a soprano.

      For this concert, the part was sung by a young boy, a treble (what was previously known as a boy soprano). His voice was so high and pure, my ears hurt. He soared over the full choir and the orchestra.

      Glorious - yet painful.

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