St. Paul's Church Oakland is delighted to welcome the Choir of Clare College Cambridge for their only Bay Area performance! Join us for an evening of festive melodies and harmonies at this highly anticipated event. The world-renowned Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross, conductor, will perform for one night only, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland.
The choir's holiday program includes the richness of Renaissance polyphony by Praetorius, Morales, and Mouton and masterpieces by Howells, Sally Beamish, Will Todd, along with favorites of the holiday season. Audiences will be thrilled by the virtuosity and rich sonorities of the group that British composer Giles Swayne refers to as “a whopping jewel in Clare’s musical crown.”
Don't miss the opportunity to experience the extraordinary talent of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge live in person. Whether you're a fan of choral music or simply looking for a heartwarming way to celebrate the holiday season, this concert promises to be a truly memorable experience. Gather your loved ones and join us for an unforgettable evening of festive cheer!
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Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide. Recent engagements include performances with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonia Nacional de Mexico, as well as recitals in Barcelona's Palau de Musica, El Escorial Madrid, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, St John's Smith Square London, and across the USA and Canada. www.clarecollegechoir.com/
Anonymous 15th century Qui creavit celum (The Song of the Nuns of Chester)
Cristóbal de Morales O Magnum Mysterium
Spanish trad. Riu, riu, chiu
Edward Naylor Vox dicentis
Imogen Holst The Virgin unspotted
English trad. There is no rose of swych vertu
Herbert Howells A Spotless Rose
Lucy Walker The Angels’ Song
John Tavener Nowell! Nowell! Out of your sleep
John Rutter Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Stuart Nicholson Ding! Dong! Merrily on high
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Jean Mouton Nesciens Mater
Francis Poulenc O Magnum Mysterium
French Trad. Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris
Pierre Villette Jesu, dulcis memoria
Will Todd My Lord is come
Morten Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium
Michael Praetorius In dulci jubilo a 8
William Mathias A babe is born
Warlock Benedicamus Dominowww.clarecollegechoir.com/
Iain Farrington Nova, nova
arr. Jim Clements Santa Claus is coming to town
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“This year's Wintersongs theme is ‘Sustenance,’” said Kitka’s Executive Artistic Director Shira Cion. “Our program is a musical response to the question ‘What sustains us in times of darkness, scarcity, uncertainty and hardship?’”
“The songs we’ll perform express wonder and gratitude for the miracle of creation, the diversity of life on Earth and the mysterious influences of heavenly bodies. We sing songs that bestow blessings upon families and friends gathered around hearth fires and feast tables; songs that express faith and devotion to divine beings; humorous songs that make us laugh; songs that call out for peace on earth; and songs that summon hope for rebirth and renewal in springtime.”
“Our program also gives thanks for the gifts of music to nourish feelings of community and connectedness. Through voices raised together in song we find sustenance.”
In addition to Cion, Kitka’s Wintersongs ensemble includes Wintersongs Music Co-Directors Janet Kutulas and Kelly Atkins, Stacey Barnett, Charlotte Finegold, Erin Lashnits Herman, Kristine Barrett, Maclovia Quintana and Katya Schoenberg.
For more information visit Kitka.org.
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Kitka's 2023 New Year's message sent from our favorite concert locale!
Recorded at Wintersongs with Kitka: Ščedry Vechir (A Generous Evening) at St. Paul's Church in Oakland, CA on December 16, 2022
Performed by Janet Kutulas, Barbara Byers, Maclovia Quintana, and Erin Lashnits Herman, with a special surprise by Kitka's little stars,
Ada Frances Herman and June Ántonia Herman
Live sound by Greg Kuhn and Guy Brenner • Video by Kent Kessinger
Mixed by Matt Palmer
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