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Chanticleer Is "Out of This World" at the Southern Theatre

[video dead] Chamber Music Columbus' 2010-11 season starts off with a bang tomorrow evening, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. with the world-renowned a cappella male chorus Chanticleer. Make that a Big Bang. Tomorrow night, Chanticleer will perform its "Out of This World" program, a survey of five hundred years of choral music on otherworldly themes. Renaissance music on texts extolling stars and the Virgin Mary as queen of heaven rubs shoulders with Gustav Mahler's ethereal reflections on the afterlife and living composers' musical explorations of the galaxy in what is sure to be a vocal tour de force not to miss. Among the living composers Chanticleer will showcase tomorrow is Mason Bates. The San Francisco-based composer's music straddles the line between the world of "classical" music (written for acoustic instruments) and electronica. He has made waves in the world of new music, and with commissions for new works form a slew of ensembles and performacnes of his music by the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, is among the musical avant garde. Here's some video of Mason Bates performing a movement from his work The B Sides with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra: [youtube n4tJKh__fak 490 344] Bates' music shares the program with another living composer, Erika Lloyd. Lloyd has vocal training in early music and now sings with the indie rock band Littel Grey Girlfriend, whose song Cells Planets was arranged for Chanticleer. Hear a little bit of Chanticleer's recording of Cells Planets here. Tomorrow's concert will follow a pre-concert interview with Chanticleer Music Director Matthew Oltman at 7:15. Come one, come all! - Jennifer Hambrick