Last night my friends and I made our yearly trek to Disney Hall for Chanticleer's Christmas concert. Chanticleer, the renowned San Francisco Men's Chorus, was well worth the drive in an unusual rain storm where traffic creeped. We built in a few hours just in case and I'm glad we did. Thanks, Barbara, for driving. My friend Hazel's daughter is the Executive Director of this choral group which tours around the world throughout the year. Our special treat this particular year was the after-concert reception in Disney's Founders Circle for a Patina buffet and rubbing shoulders with the group and with Disney Hall's top donors, courtesy of our friend's daughter. I actually recognized a few people, but the men in the chorus freely mixed with us. I just love this group.
Chanticleer was recently named the 2008 “Ensemble of the Year” by the editors of the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, the first time a vocal ensemble has been so recognized. Want a taste of Chanticleer? This video is from the Today Show on December 3, though you do have to endure one Toyota commercial to get to it. If you visit Chanticleer's website above, you can listen to other pieces as well.
Check out their concert schedule for 2008 as they may well be appearing in your city or a town near you.