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US Navy Sea Chanters

 US Navy Sea Chanters

Mixed Choral Ensemble from Washington Navy Yard, DC, United States.

The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy's official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Georgina L. Todd, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, D.C., they perform for the President, Vice President and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band's assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Admiral Arleigh Burke, then Chief of Naval Operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway.

The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including Inauguration Day, 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. Their performance of "Amazing Grace" for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience. In 2004, the chorus participated in former President Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol's rotunda as former President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II Memorials in Bedford, Va. and in Washington, D.C. In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the interment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery.

They have appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the nationally telecast "National Memorial Day Concerts" at the U.S. Capitol. In addition the group has appeared on "Larry King Live" and "CBS This Morning" as well as at the premier of the movie "Pearl Harbor". In 2008, the Sea Chanters performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Mack Wilburg. Noted choral directors Dale Warland, and Donald Neuen have guest conducted the ensemble, and renowned composers Michael McCarthy, Roger Bourland, William MacDuff and Lloyd Pfautsch have written works especially for them. Other notable orchestral appearances include the Kansas City Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Sea Chanters have enjoyed a great reputation performing with such stars as Perry Como, Marian Anderson, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie.

Throughout their history, the Sea Chanters have remained true to the Navy's watchwords of pride and professionalism, and they continue to flourish as a vibrant ensemble.

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US Navy Sea Chanters : Songs of Sailor and Sea : 00  1 CD :  : 5560

US Navy Sea Chanters : Songs of Sailor and Sea

Review: The Sea Chanters is a 17 voice chorus of the United States Navy Band who perform a wide variety of choral music from classical to Broadway musicals. Part of their repertoire which is often requested are sea chanties and songs of the sea. Originally they were organized in 1956 as an all male chorus. Female voices were added in 1980. Under the direction of Master Chief Musician Chuck Yates, the Sea Chanties perform throughout the United States. When they are in Washington they often perform at the White House and for endless notable special events, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, at President Nixon's funeral, at Carnegie Hall, aboard the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston Harbor, and at the 4th of July Celebrations at the Washington Monument, to name a few venues. The recording begins with a traditional sound as we are presented with the well known chanty, "From Boston Harbor." Then there are six songs with piano accompaniment from the collection of nautical themes by Eric H. Thiman. "Waternight" was written by Eric Whitacre for the Dale Warland Singers using text from Octavio Paz. You will be serenaded by four of the five "English Folk Songs" arranged by R. Vaughn Williams, a Percy Grainger arrangement, songs based on the work of Robert Frost, and finally "A Prayer for the Fleet" which was written the 40th anniversary performance of the Sea Chanties. This selection of music is as beautifully sung. Go Navy!

Songlist: From Boston Harbor, You Gentlemen of England, Homeward, The Old Navy, Sacramento, Arethusa, Blow the Wind Wester, Waternight, Dark Eyed Sailor, The Springtime of the Year, Just as the Tide as was Flowing, The Lover's Ghost, I'm Seventeen Come Sunday, The Road Not Taken, A Prayer for the Fleet

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6497c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | Primarily a cappella


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