|Christmas with Chanticleer: Press Release|
Thirteen/WNET New York and KQED/San Francisco Present "Christmas With Chanticleer"
Special to Broadcast Grammy-Winning Vocal Ensemble's Annual Holiday Concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Concert Will Air on Public Television Stations Across the Country This December
New York, New YorkChristmas with Chanticleer will be offered to public television stations across the country beginning Friday, December 13 (check local listings). It will premiere on KQED Public Television 9 on Thursday, December 19 at 8 p.m. and on Thirteen/WNET New York Tuesday, December 10 at 8 p.m.
Chanticleer's concert, scheduled to be recorded in the Medieval Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 25, will tentatively feature such classics as Ave Maria, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Hymne à la Vierge, Star of Wonder/We Three Kings/No Small Wonder, Oh Jerusalem in the Morning, and The First Noell.
Acclaimed for their powerful interpretations of everything from Renaissance polyphony and gospel to Gregorian chants and jazz, the Grammy-winning group consists of 12 men and was founded and is still based in San Francisco.
"KQED is delighted to help bring Chanticleer to Bay Area and national television audiences for the first time in the group's 25-year history," said John Boland, KQED executive vice-president and chief content officer. "This production is part of our continuing commitment to share Northern California's performing arts treasures with the rest of the nation. The Chanticleer concert program is destined to become a holiday 'classic' on public television."
"These are some of the most gifted musicians in America," said John Walker, producer for Thirteen/WNET New York. "We are proud and overjoyed to share the beauty of this festive occasion with families across the country."
Throughout December, Chanticleer will perform their Christmas program at concert venues around the United States. The 2002 tour will stop in Chicago, Kansas City (Kansas), San Francisco, and Philadelphia, among numerous other cities.
Christmas with Chanticleer is a co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York, KQED/San Francisco and Chanticleer, and is distributed nationally by American Public Television.
Christmas with Chanticleer is made possible by the Estate of Charles E. Antonelli and the KQED Campaign for the Future Program Venture Fund.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 9, Northern California's only public television digital signal; KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.
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