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Grammy Award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer, called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by The New Yorker, will perform at Colby College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, in Lorimer Chapel. The Music at Colby concert is free and open to the public.

Titled My Spirit Sang All Day, the concert will feature Chanticleer’s signature sound in early works by Byrd and Palestrina, music from the 19th and 20th centuries by Poulenc, Barber and Mahler, newly commissioned works and folk songs.

Chanticleer — based in San Francisco — has developed a reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and gospel. With its blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.”

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer will appear this year at Walt Disney Concert Hall under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In January 2008, the ensemble will perform at prestigious venues in major European cities including Paris, Luxembourg, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest.

Other Music at Colby concerts this semester:

Chestnuts in Three Flavors
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Hallstrom, conductor
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The orchestra will open its 2007-2008 season with a concert featuring three “chestnuts” from the standard orchestral repertoire: Emmanuel Chabrier’s Suite Pastorale, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances.

Native Stories and Other Tales
Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Frank Ticheli’s Pacific Fanfare, the well-known Gloriosa by Yasuhide Ito, and Philip Sparke’s The Land of the Long White Cloud, which depicts the story of the Maori people’s discovery of New Zealand, will be featured. Other works on the program include More Old Wine in New Bottles, Gordon Jacob’s second suite of folk songs, and Pablo!, which is a musical homage to Picasso’s Blue and Rose periods.

Some of that Funky Stuff
Colby Jazz Band
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium
Jordan Benissan will join the jazz band for the revival of two of George Russell’s cutting-edge tunes, “Cubano Be” and “Cubano Bop,” which mix Afro-Cuban drumming and singing with big band sounds written for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. We’ll also touch on the hip-hop craze, with performances of, among other tunes, “Escape Velocity,” a selection of Paquito D’Rivera’s Afro-Cuban tunes, and Oliver Nelson’s “Emancipation Blues” and “Blues and the Abstract Truth.”

Music Appropriate to the Season
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Hallstrom, conductor
Sunday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Over the years, certain pieces of music have come to be regarded as holiday classics. This concert will include three examples: Ottorino Resphigi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1, Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and a suite from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ballet The Snow Maiden.

German Baroque: Schütz, Buxtehude, Bach
Collegium Musicum
Eva Linfield, director
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Buxtehude (ca. 1637-1707) ranks as the leading composer in Germany from the time between Schütz (1585-1672) and Bach (1685-1750). In observance of the 300th anniversary of his death in 1707, the Colby Collegium Musicum presents music from his rich and varied vocal and instrumental repertory. Works by the older Schütz and the younger Bach will frame Buxtehude’s music and put it into historical context.
38th Annual Service of Carols and Lights
Friday, December 7, Prelude 7 p.m., Service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, Preludes 3:30 and 7 p.m., Services 4 and 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
A musical prelude begins one half hour before the processional and includes the Nickerson Carillon, the Colby Handbell Choir, and other College instrumental groups. The service includes Advent and Christmas readings and the singing of carols by the congregation. Student vocalists, instrumentalists, and choral and a cappella groups take part in the services using traditional and contemporary music of the season. The singing of carols by candlelight follows the traditional lighting of candles throughout the congregation. The service traditionally ends with the congregation singing “Silent Night.”

*Please note that there are three services this year. Free tickets are required and will be made available, on a limited basis, to music series subscribers before the general public.