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Saturday, November 18, 8:00pm Concert: San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir
Legends of Loss, Myths of Immortality We are thrilled to introduce our first concert with our new Music Director, Ofer dal Lal!
With the theme of “change” in mind, we will explore ancient stories of loss and the eternal human search for immortality through music composed by some of the great masters as well as contemporary composers. In this program, we will encounter those who achieved enduring presence, perhaps a kind of immortality, through sound and music. The story of the Death of Absalom, son of David, and the nameless yet well-known daughter of Jephthah are two enduring legends we will tell through the compositions of Carissimi, Purcell and Whitacre. What greater loss than the loss of a child? What greater way to express it than in the haunting music of masters?
As the mournful songs echo and linger in our ears, we will embark on the search for immortality. Benjamin Britten’s beloved piece, “Hymn to St. Cecilia” poetically reveres the patron saint of music who descends to “inspire composing mortals with immortal fire”. One such mortal, the colossal J.S. Bach, is honored in an homage by modern Norwegian composer, Knut Nystedt – “Komm süsser Tod (Immortal Bach)” in a composition that fragments and echoes a simple chorale from a distant past. A centerpiece of the concert will be “Iuppiter”, a breathtaking piece by young German composer Michael Ostrzyga who has challenged choral singers to create sounds you have yet to hear! Info and tickets http://www.sfbaychoir.org/nov-2017/
Sunday, November 19, 3:00pm Concert: Prometheus Symphony Orchestra
Second Concert Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92; Louise Talma, Toccata for Orchestra This performance is part of Prometheus Symphony Orchestra’s Women Composers series, which seeks to promote discovery of new favorites in classical music.
We are happy to offer free, Sunday afternoon concerts to further Prometheus’ primary mission of bringing classical music to members of our community, including those who may not otherwise be able to attend a live symphony concert. Families with children are always welcome and the facility is wheelchair accessible. There is no admission fee for our concerts but donations are gratefully accepted.
Saturday, December 9, 2:00pm Concert: Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble
Rejoice! Rejoice! Voci is delighted to be joined this fall by the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra and soprano MacKenzie Covington to present “Rejoice! Rejoice!”—a concert of sacred renaissance and baroque masterworks featuring stunning works by Bach, Porpora, Hasse, Charpentier, Cozzolani and Victoria. Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director. More info at http://www.vocisings.org
Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm Concert: International Orange Chorale
Concert details to come. The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF), led by Artistic Director Zane Fiala, was founded in 2003 and is named after the color of the Golden Gate Bridge. Recipient of the 2011 Chorus America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, IOCSF is an auditioned volunteer-based chamber choir devoted to performing established repertoire of all periods, with particular attention to contemporary music including newly commissioned works by promising and established composers. To date, IOCSF has performed world premieres of twenty-five choral works and has also presented regional premieres of four works including Milton Babbitt’s Music for the Mass, Thomas Ades’ Fayrfax Carol, and the 2008 revision of Jake Heggie’s Faith Disquiet. In 2011, IOCSF released "Peace," by Aaron Pike, the first publication in a new choral music publishing series partnership with Santa Barbara Music. For additional information, please visit www.iocsf.org.
Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm Concert: San Francisco Choral Artists
A Rebel's Christmas: Martin Luther's Musical Reformation Why should the devil get all the good tunes? Even if Luther didn’t say this, he was on to something since he “borrowed” and reshaped many fine secular songs and Catholic chants into Protestant hymns. This holiday season we’ll dig up roots of beloved church tunes, follow them into the 21st century, and examine how one man changed the course of music. Explore this transformation as wrought by Bach, Brahms, Distler, Handel, Mendelssohn, Praetorius, Schein, Walther, and our New Voices Project winner, with guidance, spiritual and otherwise, from our “guest monk,” narrator Stephen Wilson. Narrator and historian Stephen Wilson will be our guide for A Rebel’s Christmas, weaving a tale through this unusual program. Mr. Wilson, who studied historical linguistics at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, has written on Native American languages, Arthurian literature, and Sanskrit — not all at the same time. After teaching linguistics and English at Berkeley, Stanford, Cal State East Bay and other schools and universities, he is now a member of the history department at the College Preparatory School in Oakland. More info at http://www.sfca.org/concert_programs/rebels-christmas-martin-luthers-musical-reformation/
Friday, December 15, 8:00pm Concert: Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
Wintersongs Powerhouse women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, has announced details for its annual Wintersongs tour and its new holiday music CD release titled Evening Star. Several years in the making, Kitka’s newest studio album, Evening Star, is a sequel to the ensemble’s acclaimed 2005 Wintersongs CD, “a refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music... thoroughly marvelous!” (NPR). The title track, a Bulgarian folk tune arranged in dramatic, six-part harmony, depicts the Evening Star at its zenith in the winter sky, illuminating the land near and far.
In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year's Wintersongs program to “the mystery and wonder of long winter nights,” explained Kitka’s Executive Artistic Director Shira Cion. “The lyrics of many of the songs on our new Evening Star album are poetically rich with celestial imagery of the moon and stars, as well as such wintry elements as frost, snow and storms.”
“In Slavic mythology,” continued Cion, “the Evening Star was a female deity associated with the planets Venus and Mercury. By some accounts she was a virgin goddess, and according to others she was the wife of the Moon god and mother of all the stars. Christian lore incorporated the Evening Star into the nativity story as the Star of Bethlehem.” “Songs heralding the wonder of celestial bodies remind us that we are but a small part of the universe,” said Kelly Atkins, who together with Caitlin Tabancay Austin directs this year’s Wintersongs program. “In this time of uncertainty and disequilibrium, we can find solace and comfort in the simple joy of raising our voices together in harmony.”
Kitka’s 2017 Wintersongs ensemble includes Kelly Atkins, Caitlin Tabancay Austin, Kristine Barrett, Shira Cion, Erin Lashnits Herman, Janet Kutulas, Hannah Levy, and Lily Storm.
Sunday, December 17, 7:30pm Concert: Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
Holiday Concert: Carols by Candlelight Featuring the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco. The premier ensemble sings its annual holiday concert by candlelight. Music by Biebl, Rutter, Kocsár, Hildegard and Cesis, will be featured, in addition to many beautiful carol arrangements. Susan McMane, Director. More info at http://www.ywcp.org/concerts-events/2017-2018-concerts
Sunday, December 24, 10:30pm Concert: St. Paul's Choir
Music for Christmas Eve Concert details to come. Christopher Kula, Director.