The twelve singers of Chanticleer have been acclaimed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker), and are renowned for a signature sound “breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color, and swagger of style” (The Boston Globe). Over their nearly four decades in existence, the group has played an essential role on the early music scene, while also bringing their elegant musicianship to contemporary works. Whether singing the works of William Byrd or Charles Ives, they are note-perfect. Chanticleer return to Duke Performances with A Chanticleer Christmas. This seasonal concert “moves from medieval chant to American spirituals, European choral works to contemporary arrangements of Christmas carols,” wrote the San Jose Mercury News. “Singing in English, Latin, German, Spanish and Russian, the ensemble's phrasing was flawless, its dynamics crisp and polished.” Chanticleer mixes musical virtuosity, creative programming, and outright fun to create a singular holiday experience. The program for this Christmas concert will include traditional carols, medieval plainsong, renaissance compositions by Byrd, Praetorius, and Gabrieli, more contemporary works from Ives and Poulenc, and Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria for double male choir. Complete program to be announced on dukeperformances.org by Fall 2016.