Battle of the Sexes sung in She Said/He Said.


Chanticleer: She Said/He Said

Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

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"America’s favorite choral ensemble.”
-The New Yorker

"Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing."
-New York Times


Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Tickets: adults  $33, $39, $45

Under 30: $18, $22, $26


The complex and emotionally charged dialogue between the sexes is the subject of She Said/He Said. Godliness bestowed upon women (by men) is extolled in works by Andrea Gabrieli and Eric Whitacre. The bawdiest of Renaissance Madrigals, standards by Cole Porter and Ravel’s dramatic Trois Chansons will revisit this age-old topic.

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from exquisitely pure countertenor to rich bass, the San Francisco-based group has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.” Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble “fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does – through luxurious perfection.” - Los Angeles Times 


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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 embarked upon its 36th season in 2013-14, performing in 23 of the United States. A winter international tour of nine European countries saw debuts in Dublin, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; and returned to Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Bruges.

Chanticleer’s 24-concert 2013-14 Bay Area Season opened in September with the launch at SF Jazz of a new studio album, Someone New,a collection of jazz/pop tunes by composers such as Brubeck, Jobim, Gotye, Waits, Mercury, Elbow, M83 and others newly arranged for Chanticleer. The concert season opened with She Said/He Said,featuring music by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Barber, as well as the premieres of “Give Me Hunger” by Stacy Garrop and Vince Peterson’s arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” A Chanticleer Christmas was in high demand at the Christmas season with performances from coast-to-coast in venues including New York’s St. Ignatius Loyola, Chicago’s First Presbyterian Church, Walt Disney Concert Hall and churches and missions in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Chanticleer Christmas is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide.

Two unprecedented collaborations rounded out the Bay Area season. Atlantic Crossing in March, with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, recalls the period of electric creativity before World War I through the music of Rosza, Bartok, Weill, Ellington and Gershwin and features special arrangements by Clarice Assad. Concluding the season in June will be Chanticleer’s first all Russian program, Russian Dreams, featuring music written for Russian male choruses–from chant, folk songs, and battle songs, to secular chorales and Romantic liturgical masterpieces–all prepared by Elena Sharkova.

Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold well over a million copies and garnered two GRAMMY® awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Chanticleer Records, Naxos, Rhino Records, ArkivMusic, and iTunes among others, and are available on Chanticleer’s website: In addition to Someone New, Chanticleer has released a live recording of She Said/He Said on its Chanticleer Live in Concert (CLIC) series.

With the help of individual contributions, foundation and corporate support, the Ensemble involves over 5,000 young people annually in its extensive education programs. The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir—an after school honors program for high school and college students—is now in its fourth year, adding to the ongoing program of in-school clinics and workshops, Chanticleer Youth Choral Festivals™ in the Bay Area and around the country, master classes for students nationwide, and the Chanticleer in Sonoma summer workshop for adult choral singers. The Singing Life—a documentary about Chanticleer’s work with young people—was released in 2008. In 2010, Chanticleer’s education program was recognized by the Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inauguralDale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programmingfor the 2006-07 Season in which ten new works were premiered. Among the eighty composers commissioned in Chanticleer’s history are Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, Régis Campo, Chen Yi, David Conte, Shawn Crouch, Douglas J. Cuomo, Brent Michael Davids, Anthony Davis, Guido López-Gavilán, Stacy Garrop, William Hawley, Jake Heggie, Jackson Hill, Kamran Ince, Jeeyoung Kim, Tania León, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Michael McGlynn, Peter Michaelides, John Musto, Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik, Stephen Paulus, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Steven Sametz, Carlos Sanchez-Guttierez, Jan Sandström, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Stucky, John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas and Janike Vandervelde.

Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. 

The performance of She Said/He Said is sponsored by Kari and Michael Kerr.