Clarksburg, WV – The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County and the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center are excited to announce the GRAMMY award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer is bringing their Christmas show to downtown Clarksburg on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 7:00p.m. at the historic Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center located at 444 W. Pike St. in Clarksburg, WV. This performance is made possible by the Barbara B. Highland Fund for the Arts.
The GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by singer and musicologist Louis Botto, 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.
“The Cultural Foundation is thrilled to host this exciting holiday performance that promises to be filled with excellence in choral artistry. It’s an honor to welcome the world-renowned Chanticleer to our beloved community for a Christmas performance that will undoubtedly be an unforgettable evening of music and joy.” said Andy Walker, president of The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County. “It is through the generosity of the late Barbara B. Highland, and her love for the arts, that we are able to bring world-class performances, such as A Chanticleer Christmas, to Harrison County.”
Chanticleer’s repertoire is rooted in the renaissance and has continued to expand to include a wide range of classical, gospel, jazz, popular music, and a deep commitment to the commissioning of new compositions and arrangements. The ensemble has committed much of its vast recording catalogue to these commissions, garnering GRAMMY Awards for its recording for Sir John Tavener’s “Lamentations & Praises,” and the ambitious collection of commissioned works entitled “Colors of Love;” Chanticleer is the recipient of the Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, and its Music Director Emeritus Joseph H. Jennings received the Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award for his contribution to the African-American choral tradition during his tenure with Chanticleer.
Named for the “clear singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer continues to maintain ambitious programming in its hometown of San Francisco, including a large education and outreach program that recently reached over 8,000 people, and an annual concert series that includes its legendary holiday tradition “A Chanticleer Christmas,” the show they are bringing to Clarksburg, WV.
The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County, established in 1972, strives to foster an arts-rich environment and to engage in the development and appreciation of all art forms, while also promoting the growth of artistic, cultural, and economic development.
The Barbara B. Highland Fund for the Arts provides funding to The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County for the engagement of fine arts presentations of a national scope in Harrison County, WV. The generous provisions of this endowment, by longtime resident and patron of the arts, the late Barbara Brennan Highland, is indeed a reflection of her fine character, personality, and love for her community.
Tickets for “A Chanticleer Christmas” start at only $19 and go on sale to “Friends of the Robinson Grand” and members of The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, and to the general public on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. All tickets can be purchased online at tickets.therobinsongrand.com or by calling the Robinson Grand ticketing center at (855) 773-6283.