Grammy Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer returned to the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Saturday, July 21, as part of its 40th anniversary season.

This season is Chanticleer’s third under the direction of William Fred Scott. The program at the Opera House is called “Then and There, Here and Now” and look back at Chanticleer’s favorite composers and repertoires. There was also a world premiere performance by Matthew Aucoin.

Since Chanticleer began releasing recordings in 1981, the group has sold over a million albums and won multiple Grammy awards.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the group until 1989 and served as artistic director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008 and was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year.

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