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The University Musical Society continues its season in October with two shows you won’t want to miss:
Chanticleer, Oct. 10
Hailed by The New Yorker as “the world’s reining male chorus,” Chanticleer, named after the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” is known for its seamless blend of 12 male vocals into what they dub as “an orchestra of voices.” Winner of three Grammy Awards, Chanticleer has released dozens of recordings and has performed all over the world in some of the most prestigious concert halls. Performing their new program, “She Said/He Said,” Chanticleer sings 11 arrangements composed over the past 400 years, spanning from Gregorian chants and Renaissance to new age contemporary music. “She Said/He Said” highlights the complex and emotionally charged dialogue between the sexes, with works by Hildegard von Bingen and Joni Mitchell along with Maurice Ravel, Cole Porter, and Eric Whitacre. This is Chanticleer’s seventh performance under UMS auspices. They were last seen in January 2009. See Chanticleer perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. Francis of Assissi (2250 East Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor)
Chris Thile, Oct. 18
Mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist Chris Thile, formerly of the progressive band Nickel Creek and currently of the bluegrass band Punch Brothers, is an artist who experiments with both classical and contemporary musical styles. Recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, he comes fresh off a tour of The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Aoife O’ Donovan, which won two Grammy Awards in February 2013. In this solo concert, Chris elevates the mandolin from its origin as a folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication of jazz and classical performance, performing from his recent recording of Bach violin sonatas as well as his own compositions. See Thile perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Rackham Auditorium (915 East Washington St., Ann Arbor).