An ocean of sound from 12 guys who sing

By by dianna wray/
Feb. 29, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.

Maybe it sounds silly, but singing in a great choir is like being a part of the greatest army in the world. You stand there, surrounded by the other singers and everyone has their part, their place ... something to contribute; you are great together.

If you've got the voices and put in the rehearsal time, you are sure, before the first notes come roaring forth, that something remarkable is about to happen, an ocean of noise capable of changing into the smallest of whispers.

That's what being part of choral music is like. Being in Chanticleer, the famed all-male choral group that tours the globe performing music both ancient and modern, must be a truly exhilarating experience.

Chanticleer was founded in 1979 by Louis Botto, a musicologist who noticed that a lot of the medieval and Renaissance music he was studying was not being performed. The group is comprised of eight to 12 men and they have put out 29 CDs and toured the world giving people the chance to hear what music written back when the world was another kind of place sounds like.

Which is pretty cool. When I was studying this music, these were my go-to guys to help me figure out how a composition actually worked when it was translated into sound. Since their beginnings, they have traveled all over the world bringing the music of a dead time back in fashion and back to life.

Now, they are swinging through Austin and stopping in at Bass Hall to perform the works of all those wonderful composers that many outside of a history class have never heard of, but should.

If you've got the chance, go take in the sound.



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