The male chorus Chanticleer will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Tickets are free but the church suggests securing tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Get tickets at the church by 5 p.m., or visit eventbrite.com.
The program is titled “Heart of a Soldier.” The group describes the program as: “The hearts of soldiers burst with every emotion. Expressed in music from the Renaissance to the present day, these sentiments ranging from extreme pain to extreme joy are universal. ‘Heart of a Soldier’ will feature early music of war and peace from Byrd, Tomkins, Jannequin and Dufay. Stirring martial music from Russia includes works by Glinka and traditional songs sung by ordinary soldiers. New works for Chanticleer are contributed by Mason Bates and John Musto, joining celebrated choruses from Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Cold Mountain’ and lighthearted music from the home front.”
The group takes its name from the clear-singing rooster in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” All 12 singers are full-time. Since 1978, the group has released more than 40 albums.
The repertoire spans 10 centuries from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and romantic art song to contemporary music, jazz, spirituals and pop.
Chanticleer gives approximately 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in major concert halls in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as its home base of San Francisco.
William Scott serves as music director.
Chanticleer’s website lists tickets in other cities for up to $75.