Past Seasons: 2005-2006

A Medieval Christmas

San Francisco Choral Artists December concerts feature Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with harp accompaniment, and other works exploring the mystery and mysticism of the earliest Christmas music, with beautiful and evocative Medieval texts set by composers of all periods.

Early music composers include Victoria (O Magnum Mysterium), Tallis (O Nata Lux), and anonymous 13th and 14th century composers.

Bay Area compositions include world premiere works from the Choral Artists’ 2005 and 2006 Composers-in-Residence, Maia Aprahamian (Coventry Carol) and Henry Mollicone (Alleluia), as well as works by David Conte (Ave Maria), Brian Holmes, Jerry Mueller and others. Other contemporary composers include Morten Lauridsen (O Nata Lux), Joubert, Ord, Sametz, and Skempton.

Celebrate with us after the concert at a yuletide feste with mead and other Medieval treats.

Palo Alto

Saturday, December 10, 2005; 8 PM


San Francisco

Saturday, December 17, 2006; 8 PM


Oakland

Sunday, December 18, 2006; 4 PM


Wisdom of the Ages: Sages and Seers

Thought-provoking works on texts drawn from Eastern and Western traditions, from the great poets, sages, thinkers, and mystics.

Highlighted are world premiere works written for these concerts: Super Cuncta, written by Henry Mollicone, SFCA’s 2006 Composer in Residence, on a 12th century text of Abélard; De Humanitate by Peninsula composer, L. Peter Deutsch, on a text by Hildegard of Bingen; Benjamin Taylor’s set of 3 pieces on Japanese texts; The Evidence by Frederic Himebaugh. Wayne Eastwood’s I Died for Beauty, on an Emily Dickinson text; and selections from Sojourner Songs by well-known Bay Area composer and San Francisco State University Professor Emeritus, Herbert Bielawa, on texts by John Gracen Brown.

Also on the program: Gideon Klein’s Madrigal, written while he was a young man in the German prison camp where he perished at age 24; selections from Renaissance composer Leonhard Lechner’s Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod; Peter Schickele’s After Spring Sunset, based on Japanese haiku from a collection entitled ’Cherry Blossoms,’; New Zealand composer Christopher Marshall’s A Voice from Heaven on a text of Hildegard; Robert Starer’s It is an Easy Thing on a William Blake text from ’The Four Zoas’; works by Renaissance composers Johannes Eccard, Melchior Franck, and Claude Le Jeune; and works by Ysaye Barnwell, Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Morrison, Linda Hirschhorn, Quincy Porter, others.

Palo Alto

Saturday, March 25, 2006; 8 PM


San Francisco

Saturday, April 1, 2006; 8 PM


Oakland

Sunday, April 2, 20076; 4 PM


Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Song

The rain has finally stopped and the sun has come out! The Choral Artists explore nature’s moodswings: weather, natural landscapes, the seasons, and time.

A pair of musical “weather reports” by Henry Mollicone, SFCA 2006 composer-in-residence, and Wayne Eastwood, are featured, together with additional premieres, The Seasons of Mankind, by Jerry Mueller;. And All the Sea Sang for choir and horn by Robert Ward; and The Lower Leaves of Trees by our 2006 New Voices contest winner, Matt Van Brink.

Also on the program are favorites and rarely heard gems such as Stanford The Bluebird, Pizzetti Cade la sera, Hawley Io son la primavera, MacDowell Slumber Song, and works by Elgar, Hensel, Holst, Kodály, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Thompson, Renaissance composers Lassus and Marenzio, and others.

Oakland

Sunday, June 11, 2005; 4 PM


Palo Alto

Saturday, June 17, 2005; 8 PM


San Francisco

Sunday, June 18, 2005; 4 PM


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