GRAMMY-winning vocal group Chanticleer opens Jubilee Artist Series with sold-out show

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MACON — Townsend School of Music will present the award-winning, internationally renowned vocal group Chanticleer to begin the 2023-2024 Jubilee Artist Series. The show, which will take place on Oct. 3, has sold out Mercer University’s Fickling Hall.

“Through the invisible hands of music, the soul is touched and healed,” Josephine “Jo” Phelps Fabian said. In her life, Fabian was a dedicated arts patron, donor, board member and advocate who loved classical music and opera. She frequently attended concerts at Townsend School of Music.

Through The Fabian Center for Musical Excellence, the Jubilee Artists Series features leading artists performing concerts that are free or low cost to the public, making the best of music available to all.

The GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by singer and musicologist Louis Botto, Chanticleer quickly took its place as one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world, selling over a million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts around the world. Chanticleer’s repertoire is rooted in the Renaissance and has continued to expand to include a wide range of classical, gospel, jazz and popular music and a deep commitment to the commissioning of new compositions and arrangements.

The next show will be a must-see for Broadway fans, tenor Omar Lopez-Cepero on Nov. 7. Lopez-Cepero, who is of Puerto Rican descent, grew up outside of Atlanta. He has been seen on Broadway in such shows as American Idiot, On Your Feet!, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Judas in the 50th Anniversary Production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and in the world premiere of the musical adaptation of The Notebook. He has also been seen on television with guest starring appearances on The Detour, Blue Bloods and Vegas. Tickets are available here.

In the spring, the Jubilee Series will host premiere children’s chorus Vienna Boy’s Choir on Feb. 20 and Filipino-American flutist Norman Menzales on March 14.

All Jubilee Artist Series shows take place in Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building. Tickets are $5 per person for advanced reservations and can be purchased at mercerevents.tixr.com. Admission is free to students with a Mercer or any valid student I.D., with tickets held even for sold out performances for students. Call (478) 301-5470 to reserve or pay at the door.