Moon over Los Alamos: Chanticleer
Chanticleer, the greatly admired men’s vocal ensemble of 12 voices (it bills itself as “an orchestra of voices”) based in the Bay Area, began the current season — its 38th — with a new music director: William Fred Scott, formerly the artistic director and principal conductor of the Atlanta Opera and associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony. The Los Alamos Concert Association hosts the group at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Duane Smith Auditorium of Los Alamos High School (1300 Diamond Drive). The program, titled “Over the Moon,” includes quite a few pieces that make lunar allusions, including new settings by Nico Muhly (Three Moon Songs) on poems from Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire (famous through Schoenberg’s settings). Among many other offerings on the program are “Observer in the Magellanic Cloud” by Mason Bates (who is composing an opera for Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 season), four selections from The Lotus Lovers by the late Stephen Paulus, and madrigals and motets by Busnois, Josquin, and Monteverdi. Tickets can be had for $35 at the door or $30 in advance through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).