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October 7, 2013

Chanticleer takes on battle of the sexes

Ann Arbor New (MI):

The latest entrant into the age-old battle of the sexes just happens to be an all-male chorus. When Chanticleer, the renowned a cappella male vocal ensemble, performs at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Thursday, Oct. 10, under University Musical Society auspices, “She Said/He Said” is the topic at hand, conveyed in repertoire that’s All About Eve – and Adam, too – and the complex and emotionally charged dialog between the sexes.

There’s music of Brahms, for example, in which the dialog of masculine and feminine is a musical one, executed in contrasts between bass and treble voices. And there’s music of the Mendelssohns, Fanny and Felix, brother and sister, setting poetry in very different ways. “In the pieces we’ve chosen,” said Wittig, “her writing is more florid and reliant on the higher voices, and Felix is more reliant on the bass and tenor.”

In choral pieces closer to our own time, Chanticleer presents pieces like Eric Whitacre’s “A Boy and a Girl,” that traces love from courtship to death; and those in which She Said (Emily Dickinson) and He Wrote (Steve Hackman); and He Said (Carl Sandburg) and She Wrote (Stacy Garrop). Read more.

Posted by acapnews at October 7, 2013 12:00 AM