Chanticleer Bringing Unique Vocal Orchestra Sound to Hatfield Hall

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vocal Orchestra: Chanticleer's male voices that range from soprano to bass will perform original interpretations of Renaissance, jazz, and contemporary compositions in a special show at Hatfield Hall Theater.

Members of the male classical vocal ensemble Chanticleer have spent 39 years delighting audiences around the world with their unique "orchestra of voices" sound. Their travels will now bring them to Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall Theater for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer features 12 male voices that range from soprano to bass. The group is best known for original interpretations of Renaissance music, though performances also include jazz, popular genres, and contemporary compositions.

My Secret Heart, the program they will present at Hatfield Hall, explores the many emotions of the heart-fond, foolish, feverish, and forbidden. The concert will feature a world premiere of a song by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and music by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Vincenzo Bertolusi, Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Claude Goudimel, Entraigues, Mikhail Glinka, Eric Whitacre, and Stephen Foster. The program also includes Augusta Read Thomas' "Love Songs" from the group's Grammy Award-winning "Colors of Love" album.

"I remember in high school singing the Chanticleer arrangement of the Franz Biebl 'Ave Maria,'" says Dan Tryon, Hatfield Hall's director of performing arts. "I have seen them perform three times since then. Their consistent excellence is why they are one of the world's best choirs."

Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," Chanticleer has recorded two dozen albums, which have sold more than one million copies. Since its founding in 1978, the group has commissioned works from more than 80 composers and also operates several award-winning education programs for children and adults.

This special concert, part of the institute's Performing Arts Series, honors the musical legacy of the late Alfred R. Schmidt, a Terre Haute organist and popular mathematics professor at Rose-Hulman for 46 years. Besides his teaching, he was organist for the institute's Rose Glee Club for 35 years, played the organ at Rose-Hulman commencements from 1959 until his retirement in 1995, and generously provided organs and pianos for Hatfield Hall and the White Chapel.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $15 for youths. They are available online at, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes before the show. Tickets and complete show information also are available at