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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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    Thoughts on “Sound Patterns”

    By Deborah Underwood, SFCA singer. When SFCA singers open a new piece of music to rehearse, we expect to see, um, musical notes. So I was a bit bemused to find Pauline Oliveros’ Sound Patterns devoid of specific pitches. Instead, it’s a series of carefully-notated …

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    Freed From Words

    by 2013 CiR Mark Winges. Composers write choral music for a lot of reasons. Leaving aside the immediate practical benefits (instant fame and fortune, the promise of excellent cookies at post-concert receptions), at the top of my list is that I love the sound of …

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    “Where do you FIND all this stuff?”

    By Magen Solomon, Artistic Director. “Where do you FIND all this stuff??” is the most common post-concert question I get asked. And there’s a good reason for it: SFCA programs are unabashedly eclectic and quirky, and they always include a few pieces that even the …

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