In the realm of choral ensembles there are few that have the musical stature of the San Francisco-based Chanticleer. In the three decades that it has been performing, this all male ensemble has left a stream of excellent music-making in its wake.
Fortunately, that group has always stayed faithful to its plan on including Sacramento into its Bay Area touring paradigm, and the 2012-13 season is no exception.
This year the group celebrates its 35th anniversary season. In Sacramento, that season begins at St. Francis of Assisi church on Sept. 23, with The Siren's Call.
That concert will include two commissioned world premieres - one by Chinese composer Chen Yi and the other by Irish composer Michael McGlynn. The program will feature works by Bates, Palestrina, Barber, Corigliano and others.
The next concert will be the ensemble's popular traditional A Christmas Chanticleer concert at Sacramento's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament,on Dec. 18.
It's third concert will see the Chanticleer returning to St. Francis church with La Serenissima - whose program features the music of Monteverdi, Donato, Croce, Willaert and both Gabrielis.