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Chanticleer celebrates 30th year

    In the life of an artist, the early 30s is an age of promise. For an ensemble, surpassing a third decade speaks to creative accomplishment. Last year, multi-Grammy-winning Chanticleer decided to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a program of newly commissioned works by three young composers, born around the same year the choir was launched.
    "It's a new generation of composers," says Christine Bullin, president and general director of the San Francisco a cappella ensemble. "We have composers we've worked with over the years who are wonderful, but we wanted to forge ties with some of the brilliant young composers who grew up at the same time as Chanticleer."
    As part of its birthday celebration, the chorus performs the three world premieres in the program "Composers/Our Age" Wednesday at Mission Santa Clara. (The program also is being presented Tuesday at Berkeley's First Congregational Church and Friday through March 22 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.) It features the politically charged "Garden of Paradise" by New York City-based Shawn Crouch, "No Matter" by London-born Tarik O'Regan and "Sirens" by Berkeley-based Mason Bates.