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A Chanticleer Christmas

WILLIAM FRED SCOTT, music director

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker), Chanticleer is renowned for its “precise, pure and deeply felt singing” (The New York Times). A perennial Spivey Hall must-hear, Chanticleer never ceases to amaze and delight.

Creating “sound of sheer beauty” (San Jose Mercury News), A Chanticleer Christmas is the 12-voice ensemble’s beloved offering, a favorite with audiences and critics alike: a telling of the Christmas story, with warmth and profundity, in Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” (Chanticleer’s most requested Christmas selection), and a selection of American, British and European carols, old and new, in traditional and contemporary arrangements.


Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors:

Jeanne and Michael Riggall

Janet Love


“America’s a cappella pride and joy” (



Kory Reid – soprano / Cortez Mitchell, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Adam Ward – alto
Alan Reinhardt, Logan Shields – countertenor
Chris Albanese, Brian Hinman, Andrew Van Allsburg – tenor
Eric Alatorre, Matthew Knickman, Marques Jerrell Ruff – baritone and bass
William Fred Scott – Music Director


A solis ortus cardine // Plainsong
Ecce virgo concipiet // William Byrd (c. 1539-1623)
Hodie nobis caelorum rex a 6 // Giovanni Maria Nanino (c. 1543-1607)


Pastores loquebantur // Jacob Clemens non Papa (c. 1510-1555)
Ave virgo sanctissima // Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
Vergine Bella (from Madrigali spirituali) // Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Joseph lieber, Joseph mein* // Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629)
The Lamb // John Tavener (1944-2013)


Noël nouvelet* // Trad. French, arr. Joseph Jennings/ Matthew Oltman
A un niño llorando // Guerrero
Staffan var en stalledräng // Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)
Commissioned for Chanticleer by Gayle and Tim Ober in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary
E la don don* // Trad. Basque, Anonymous
Masters In This Hall // Trad. French, arr. Shaw/Parker


A Virgin Unspotted // William Billings (1746-1800)
A Christmas Carol // Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Courtesy // Charles Beaudrot (b. 1951)
Gaudete (from Two Medieval Lyrics) // Steven Sametz (b. 1954)



Ave Maria* // Franz Biebl (1906-2001)
Hymne à la Vierge // Pierre Villette (1926-1998)

A selection of popular carols to be selected from…

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen // Trad. English, arr. L. DePaur/William Fred Scott
Il est né le divin enfant* // Trad. French, arr. John Rutter
Make We Joy // William Walton (1902-1983)
Sweeter Still // Eric William Barnum (b. 1979)
In dulci jubilo // Trad. German, arr. R. L. Pearsall
Infant holy, infant lowly // Trad. Polish, arr. David Willcocks
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear // Trad. American, arr. Joseph Jennings
Who is the Baby? // Rosephanye Powell (b. 1962)
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy // West Indian Spiritual, arr. Robert DeCormier
O Come All Ye Faithful* // Trad. English, arr. Jennings

-Program subject to change-

* These works have been recorded by Chanticleer, and are available at the performance
or through Chanticleer’s digital storefront at

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