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Renowned chorus sings with Pacific group


This week Pacific University’s a cappella men’s group, Splendid Audacity, will perform with the renowned men’s vocal group, Chanticleer, which was named the “world’s reigning chorus” by the New Yorker magazine.

The concert will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St.

Chanticleer is known for their seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass — as well as its original interpretations of vocal literature from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to venturesome new music.

“It’s a rare opportunity for our singers to work with members of America’s most celebrated male chorus,” said Dr. Scott Tuomi, Pacific professor and director of choral activities.

Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold more than one million copies and garnered two Grammy awards.

With the help of individual contributions and foundation and corporate support, the ensemble involves more than 5,000 young people annually in its education programs. The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir — an after-school honors program for high school and college students — is now in its fourth year, adding to the ongoing program of in-school clinics and workshops, Chanticleer youth choral festivals in the San Francisco bay area and around the country, master classes for students nationwide and the Chanticleer in Sonoma summer workshop for adult choral singers.

“The Singing Life” — a documentary about Chanticleer’s work with young people — was released in 2008. In 2010, Chanticleer’s education program was recognized by the Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

The Forest Grove performance is free and open to the public.