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dR Daily 1/21/20: A cappella masters Chanticleer in St. Pete

Long before Boyz II Men, Pentatonix or Perfect Pitch 1, 2 or 3, the art of a cappella singing was winning fans and multiple GRAMMY® awards via the hauntingly beautiful harmonies of Chanticleer.

Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer has been called “an orchestra of voices” — 12 male voices, to be exact, ranging from countertenor to bass. Though the group concentrated at first on the exquisite sounds of medieval and Renaissance music, its repertoire has expanded over the years to include jazz, gospel and contemporary composers, and they’ve recorded close to 50 albums, among them some of the most beautiful Christmas discs ever. (Go to the Downloads section of their website and check out, just as one example, their 2004 compilation Our Heart’s Joy.)

Their program tonight at The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, entitled “Faith of Our Fathers,” will feature works from the 11th century, English, Spanish, and Asian polyphony, and traditional American works. No matter what they sing, the experience will be transporting.

7-9:30 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 4th St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Free parking in lot across from the church; free street parking after 6 p.m. and other available designated parking nearby.