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Launch of Chanticleer Male Vocal Ensemble, San Francisco Concert in Cork

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks upon its 36th season in 2013-14.  A winter tour of 9 European countries will see debuts in Cork, Dublin, Moscow and St. Petersburg; and returns to Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bruges.   Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretation of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

On Thursday, 3rd October, 2013, the Lord Mayor of Cork announced details in City Hall of the Chanticleer Choral Workshop and Concert being given by the members of Chanticleer at Cork Opera House.  The Choral Workshop and Concert will take place on Monday 10th February, 2014 at 8.00pm in the Opera House.  This is a once in a lifetime chance for Choirs, Choral Groups and Choral Societies, in fact anyone interested in Choral singing to attend.  The Chanticleer concert “He Said-She Said” will take place on Tuesday evening, February 11th in the Opera House.  Mr. Jace Wittig, Interim Musical Director of Chanticleer participated in the City Hall launch from South Dakota via Skype.    Mr. Wittig said “the ensemble is thrilled to head back to Ireland this winter, and to sing in Cork for the first time.  It is a new city for almost everyone in the ensemble, and we’re excited”.

Speaking at the launch, the Lord Mayor said she was delighted that such a highly praised and internationally acclaimed ensemble from our twinned city of San Francisco was coming to Cork, and praised the work of all involved for making this possible.  The Lord Mayor paid special tribute to the Carrigaline Choral Group for their work in bringing Chanticleer to Cork.

The Lord Mayor also spoke of the sister city relationship between Cork and San Francisco.  Both cities continue to work closely in an effort to expand and grow the Sister City relationship.   

The launch was also attended by representatives of the Carrigaline Choral Group who will host the group while in Cork, Cllr Kieran McCarthy and members of the Cork-San Francisco International Relations Sub Committee, representatives from Cork Opera House, and Mr. Wittig via Skype.

Further information and Workshop Booking Form can be had by e-mailing or call 087 - 2325913.  Tickets for the Chanticleer concert on February 11th at 8.00pm are on sale at Cork Opera House 021 4270022 or on line at



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