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Chanticleer, America's only full-time classical chorus, performs in Hancher

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- San Francisco's renowned all-male chorus, Chanticleer, the only full-time vocal ensemble in the United States, will sing a varied program at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa Campus. The concert is part of the Holiday Inn-Iowa City Viva Voce Series.

In the first half of the concert, Chanticleer will perform a group of works by Palestrina and other composers of the Renaissance; "Mushrooms" by contemporary California composer Allen Shearer; a group of works by 16th- and 17th-century composer Carlo Gesualdo; and "Night Chant" by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, who performed in Hancher a couple of seasons ago with the Kronos Quartet.

The second half of the Chanticleer program will feature folk songs selected from the chorus' wide international repertory; and a varied selection of spirituals and popular songs.

Twenty years of performances and nearly 20 recordings have built Chanticleer a world-wide reputation as an unequaled "orchestra of voices," providing impeccable interpretations of works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to jazz, from gospel to new music.

Famed choral conductor Robert Shaw called a Chanticleer performance "one of the most beautiful musical experiences of my life," and the New York Times called Chanticleer "an ensemble with first-class security, persuasive stylistic command and a charming on-stage demeanor."

Chanticleer, which takes its name from the maligned "clear-singing" rooster of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," was founded in 1978, and the Hancher concert is part of the chorus' 20th-anniversary tour to 27 states, Europe and Mexico.

The Holiday Inn-Iowa City is the corporate sponsor of the Viva Voce Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Chanticleer at $28, $25 and $21. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.