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One night only! Loyola Presents Chanticleer - And the perfect start to the New Year.

By Loyola University on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 15:54

America’s top a cappella singers call us to “come back to life”

(New Orleans – January 10, 2021) The Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble, Chanticleer, brings the promise of hope this month in a concert hosted by Loyola University New Orleans in the historic Holy Name of Jesus Church.  The world-renowned all-male chorus will perform “Awakenings,” a concert created in response to the pandemic.

“After the longest performance break in Chanticleer’s history, we are thrilled to sing together again. Finally disentangled from our isolation, we return with a renewed sense of community and purpose. It’s time to come together. It’s time to celebrate. It’s time to sing!” said Music Director Tim Keeler.

Chanticleer, an all-male group once dubbed “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, seamlessly blends 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and performs original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz to pop.

The opening song to the 90-minute Awakenings concert, an erasure poem titled close[r], now, composed by Ayanna Woods during the pandemic -- and at a time when theatres were called upon to ‘close, now’-- draws on shared experiences of the past year and moves from an emotion of yearning through the changes we’ve all made to connect. Woods closes the piece with an imperative for the world to “come back to life.”

“In Chanticleer, it’s our hope that the life we return to is more compassionate, more caring, more creative than the one we left behind in 2020,” said Keeler.

To that end, Chanticleer will perform works dating more than 500 years old, such as Lauda Jerusalem, from Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Regina caeli by Vicente Lusitano (d. after 1561) and Regina coeli by Alexander Agricola (1445-1506) as well as recent original works like Steven Sametz’ Birds of Paradise commissioned by Chanticleer in 2020 …. with a little bit of Bartok, and other turn-of-the-century composers in between.

Chanticleer and Loyola University New Orleans are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable concert going experience for everyone. There will be at least twenty feet between the choir and members of the audience during the performance. Loyola requires the audience to mask while indoors, and show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the concert.

“Chanticleer is the world’s best-known male vocal ensemble, and we are beyond thrilled to allow the Loyola and New Orleans communities the opportunity to see them perform their profound program in the historic and beautiful Holy Name of Jesus Church,” said Dr. Meg Frazier, Associate Dean of the College of Music and Media at Loyola. “The Loyola Chamber Singers will also have the opportunity to learn from Chanticleer professionally in a masterclass designed to improve their tools and techniques.”

Loyola Presents Chanticleer will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20 in Holy Name of Jesus Church at 6367 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are available at presents.loyno.edu. Tickets range from $20-$75. Need accommodations? Call (504) 865-2015 or email music@loyno.edu with “Chanticleer” in the subject line at least 5 business days in advance.

Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours is required for entry.