Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed by The New Yorker magazine as “America’s favorite choral ensemble” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for its “luxurious perfection.” Based in San Francisco, the group has a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature and has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.” The 2006-07 season includes over 80 concerts in 22 states across the U.S., including appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the Cathedrals of Saint Louis and Philadelphia. The group will tour prestigious European summer festivals in July visiting France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since 1994, Chanticleer has recorded exclusively for Warner Classics, making the group’s recordings available worldwide, including “Sound in Spirit,” a mosaic of sacred chant from across time and cultures. Writing for BBC Music, Anthony Burton calls Chanticleer’s performances on the recording “impeccably tuned and consistently beautiful,” and gave the album the magazine’s highest rating. The ensemble later released “How Sweet the Sound: Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music,” featuring guest artist Bishop Yvette Flunder. “Colors of Love” won the Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album. The world-premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s “Lamentations and Praises” was released in 2002 to critical acclaim, and garnered two Grammy awards, for Classical Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor) and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Sponsors for Seton Hill’s “A Musical Perspective” Concert Series include DUQ 90.5, Laurel Valley Graphics, Aramark, Applebox Studios, Building Systems, Inc., Irwin Bank & Trust, Marthinsen & Salvitti Insurance Group, Inc., Westmoreland Telephone Co. and Xerox. Chanticleer is presented in cooperation with ICM Artists, Ltd.