Music is about connection. It’s about a shared aural and emotional experience. Vocal music is the most intimate version of that communal event. Over the past year, we’ve all been stripped of that intimate community as the breath of song became tainted with the miasma of disease. In a typical year, Chanticleer shares its music at over 100 concerts all over the world. This year, like the rest of our musical community, we’ve been forced to find other ways to present and connect. We’ve explored new music, new media, and new relationships. Our presentation for the Tampere Vocal Music Festival explores all of our experiments and triumphs of the past year, including the world premiere of a new music video conceived during the height of the pandemic.”

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. 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. 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”.

Runtime 48 minutes


Music director: Tim Keeler

Singers: Andy Berry, Zachary Burgess, Brian Hinman, Matthew Knickman, Matthew Mazzola, Cortez Mitchell, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Kory Reid, Alan Reinhardt, Logan Shields, Andrew Van Allsburg, Adam Ward


music Komitas Vardapet (1869‒1935)
Wondrous Love
Trad. arr. Joseph H. Jennings
music Jean Sibelius (1865‒1957), text Kanteletar
music Matt Alber (*1975), arr. David Maddux
music Michael McGlynn (*1964)
Blue skies
music Irving Berlin (1888-1989), arr. Joseph H. Jennings
Triumvirate: I. Music
music Ulysses Kay (1917‒1995), text Ralph Emerson (1803-1882) (world premiere)
Straight street
music Joseph H. Jennings
Trad. arr. James Erb & Marshall Bartholomew