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 (mostly) Jewish music with our good friends from Veretski Pass. Three years
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 by human ears has had a premiere performance, but
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 food … Correct: “You will shortly be hearing a curtal
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 alike, parenthood will probably be life’s most intensive ear-training lesson.
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 / Latin-American culture, which is what brings SFCA the songs entitled
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 as an arts & letters person (language, music, teaching, translating,