By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The 38th season of St. Matthew’s Music Guild will continue with a performance by Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer on Friday, April 28, at 8 p.m.
“Chanticleer is known around the world as ‘an orchestra of voices’ for its wide-ranging repertoire and amazing virtuosity,” according to a statement shared by Music Guild. “Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer quickly took its place as one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world, selling over one million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts to audiences around the world.”
Chanticleer’s Music Guild program, which is entitled “Labyrinths,” will bring a “rich and varied” line-up, spanning more than 500 years of music
“As is their trademark, the concert will also include traditional spirituals and folksongs,” the Music Guild website read.
Some of the musicians whose work will be featured include Josquin des Prez, Stephen Paulus and Caroline Shaw. There will be arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell and Harold Arlen.
“Labyrinths twist and turn,” the group wrote ahead of the show. “They wind and wend, meander and mosey. Exploring a labyrinth can be scary, but it can also be meditative, and sometimes even healing. To walk a labyrinth is to admire the journey. Left and right, forward and backward, how did you end up here today? And what lies around the next corner? Life is one long labyrinth. Let’s explore it together.”
“Line Notes with Tom Neenan,” a pre-concert presentation, is free and open to the public, and will begin at 7:10 p.m. Neenan will be joined by members of Chanticleer.
The Music Guild season is slated to close on June 2 with a concert featuring the world premiere of David Conte’s “Hymnus ad Vitus,” which is “a Music Guild commission in memory of Fred Doering.”
The Chanticleer concert will take place at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue. Tickets are $35 or available as part of a Music Guild season pass.
For more information or to purchase tickets/a season pass, visit musicguildonline.org or call 310-573-7422.
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