Chanticleer will perform "Awakenings" at the historic Holy Name of Jesus Church on Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Loyola University, "Awakenings" will combine 12 male voices to perform classical hits such as "Lauda Jerusalem" by Claudio Monteverdi, "Regina Caeli" by Vicente Lusitano, and "Regina Coeli" by Alexander Agricola.
Music Director Tim Keeler is thrilled for the group's return to the stage and calls everyone to come together, celebrate, and sing.
"Finally disentangled from our isolation, we return with a renewed sense of community and purpose," Keeler said in a press release.
Like most music groups, Chanticleer was forced to postpone performances due to COVID restrictions. Their performance, "Awakenings," was created in response to how the crisis shaped the music and theater industries.
A poem written by Ayanna Woods, titled "close[r]," will also be performed before the concert. The poem addresses the challenges people in the music industry had to endure during the crisis, as well as the desires for a sense of normalcy. In short, the poem calls for a reunion, as well as a better life.
"In Chanticleer, it's our hope that the life we return to is more compassionate, more caring, more creative than the one we left behind in 2020," Keeler said.
Loyola Chamber Singers will also be invited to take a class hosted by Chanticleer, according to College of Music and Media Associate Dean Meg Frazier. This will help them improve their vocal skills and apply new techniques to their craft.
"Chanticleer is the world's best-known male vocal ensemble, and we are beyond thrilled to allow the Loyola and New Orleans communities the opportunity to see them perform their profound program in the historic and beautiful Holy Name of Jesus Church," Frazier said in a press release.
For 44 years, Chanticleer has captured the hearts of music lovers around the world. The ensemble, which interprets vocal literature ranging from Renaissance to jazz, has made 42 appearances, sold over a million albums, and won two Grammys. They are known as "an orchestra of voices" by many.
Tickets range from $20 to $75. Seating is general admission by section. To purchase tickets, visit presents.loyno.edu.