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    Midsummer Night Singing

    Dear Friends of Choral Artists, Much glorious choral music has been written to Shakespeare texts. Hard as it was to choose, the thrill of having the talents of the fine Shakespearean actors Sarah David and Will Brown to enliven and enhance our celebration more than …

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    Why Is New Music So Good?

    by Benjamin Taylor, SFCA Composer in Residence Let me begin by stating that clearly there is plenty of old music that is good, and plenty that isn’t so good! The same is true of “New Music” as a category: plenty is good, but plenty is …

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    Growing Up with San Francisco Choral Artists

    In a way, I grew up with SF Choral Artists. My father, composer Roger Nixon, was a good friend of SFCA’s founder, Ralph Hooper.  I remember attending choral concerts at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco thirty years ago with Hooper conducting – I was a …

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    Josh Horowitz of Veretski Pass on “Lilith The Night Demon”

    Lilith The Night Demon – After we had finished our last project, The Klezmer Shul, there were many bits and pieces of compositions that we had left behind, ones that didn’t make the final cut, not because of any lack of quality, but simply because …

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    “Love, Loss and Latkes” An Eclectic Smorgasbord of (mostly) Jewish Music in Collaboration with Veretski Pass

    Dear Friends of the Choral Artists,   I know, I know! Latkes belong to winter and Hannukah – it really should be Love, Loss and Hamentashen* but we couldn’t resist the alliteration.   Love, Loss and Latkes is our third adventure into the wilds of …

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    The First Listener

    by Benjamin Taylor, SFCA Composer in Residence In my practice as a composer, I have a philosophy that I believe helps me keep my bearings and objectivity, a way to remind myself why I’m making music. I remember the first listener. All music ever heard …

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    Color in music: Sweet Voices and Noyses with The Whole Noyse

    by Magen Solomon, Artistic Director Pop quiz!  1. Define “curtal,” “gittern,” “cornetto.”  2. Use all three words correctly in a sentence. Incorrect: No, “curtal” is not a sauce for roasted meats… no, “gittern” is not a kind of gigolo…no, “cornetto” is not a corn-based snack …

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    Lessons from Motherhood: Loving the Audience

    by Kala Pierson, SFCA Composer-Not-in-Residence 2013–14 A parent becomes intensely attuned to her baby’s sounds, both for practical reasons (guessing right about a whimper can stave off screaming) and for more abstract ones (communicating outside traditional language can be pretty amazing). For musicians and non-musicians …

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    Tracing the Origins of Sephardic Folk Songs

    By Joseph Smeall-Villarroel, tenor This concert (Omens, Dreams & Curses) set features a trio of Sephardic Jewish folk songs. As a chorister who claims both Jewish and Latin-American ancestry, I think it worthwhile to give some background on the intersection of Jewish culture with Spanish / …

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    Composer Eleanor Aversa Interview

    The following is an interview of 2013 Composer-Not-in-Residence Eleanor Aversa by SFCA on February 1st, 2013. SFCA: How come you know so much about science? When did that start in your life? I think that people who read your bio and get to know you …

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