Recall your favorite Christmas carol—you’ve probably called up a strong, striking melody sung in joyful unison. What if a carol could instead captured the fragmented, unique wonder of many perspectives on one miracle? Join Composer-in-Residence Jean Ahn as she reflects on her new work, her relationship with the Choral Artists, and the multifaceted spirit of Christmas.
The holidays aren’t always happy for everyone—for many, it is a complicated emotional season. Robinson McClellan shares his thoughts on the complex nature of winter and on the similarly complex relationship between composer, performer, and listener. Robin is this year’s Composer-Not-in-Residence; his new work, “Comfort and Joy,” will premiere at “Jingle! Angels! Silent! Merry!”.
As the Choral Artists presents a rich concert of American music, you might wonder what our Dresden-based Composer-Not-in-Residence has been up to. What does it mean to compose across the boundaries of language and culture? How is music changed by the identities of the people writing or performing it? Below, Sylke Zimpel shares her thoughts
What’s it like to move music from your head to the page, then have someone else take it from the page to the concert hall? How do you coalesce a nebulous theme into a singular idea, then evolve that idea into a discrete piece? What do coding and composing have in common? Below, Michael Kaulkin—SFCA
by Katie Bent, alto “…was that right?” The first time we “sang” Schoenberg’s De Profundis, that question was met with a whole lot of nervous laughter. We’d made it through all of seven bars, and even the most confident readers among us weren’t sure if we’d sung any of the right notes, much less if
Ash Stemke is the winner of the San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project in 2017-18, for his piece “Be Still and Know.” His composition receives its premiere performances as part of A Rebel’s Christmas: Martin Luther’s Musical Reformation in December 2017. San Francisco Choral Artists: What composer do you particularly admire and why? Ash