Fly with us from 17th century Spain, through England, Latvia, Romania, Sweden, and Haiti to 21st century North America for both joyous celebration and quiet contemplation of this holiday.

The Reviews Are In: Best Christmas Concert Ever!
It debuted last weekend in Palo Alto and SF to rave reviews and a standing ovation. “Absolutely the best Christmas concert I have ever been to, bar none! The diversity of music and styles and sounds you created were just amazing and beautiful! I am so glad I came tonight!” &mdash from a first-time SFCA concert goer. “I have been to a lot of your concerts, and this was one of the best I’ve ever heard – the range of music, the programming, everything!” — from a long-time SFCA concert goer.

Some favorites include a gorgeous arrangement of Silent Night, a surprisingly simple but magical processional called Evergreen, the beautiful Swedish carol Jul, Jul, a mysterious and powerful song from New Zealand’s Maori tradition, a thrilling Gaudete (Rejoice!), Latvian and Romanian songs, and some Early Music too. Mostly unaccompanied, but a bit of guitar, cello, drumming, and bells make SFCA “Noisy.”

Includes works of Early Music composers Byrd and Nanino;  contemporary works by Desamours, Jansons, Joubert, Karai, Lemacher, Nordqvist, Paynter, Pilkington, Pinkham, Sametz, Vald, and Willan; and 2 world premieres — from 2010 Composer-In-Residence Richard Feliciano and Australian Composer-Not-in-Residence Stephen Leek.

Performances

Peninsula

Sat, Dec 4, 2010; 8 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto

San Francisco

Sun, Dec 5, 2010; 4 PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco

Marin

Sat, Dec 11, 2010; 8 PM

Montgomery Chapel
Bolinas Ave. at Richmond, San Anselmo

East Bay

Sun, Dec 12, 2010; 4 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave, Oakland