Past Seasons: 2006-2007

From Darkness Into Light

Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Experience the dark, and celebrate the lengthening of days with music from the world’s Christian, Jewish and Pagan traditions.


Sunday, December 10, 2006; 4 PM

Palo Alto

Saturday, December 16, 2006; 8 PM

San Francisco

Sunday, December 17, 2006; 4 PM

I Hear America Singing

Join us for a trip the length and breadth of the United States, from earliest days to the present, sampling from our rich cultural heritage — shapenote hymns and worksongs, spirituals and new works, even a musical fireworks display!

We highlight African American spiritual arrangements by William Dawson, Moses Hogan and Jacqueline Hairston. Folk and patriotic songs include Erb’s beloved “Shenandoah”, Roy Harris’ “Freedom’s Land”, and SFCA alumnus Mark Keller’s folk song medley.

Also featured are works based on tunes and texts from other cultures, including settings of Chinese folk songs by multiple award-winner Chen Yi, Alice Parker’s Ladino lullaby, “Durme”, local composer Ted Allen’s Mexican-inspired “Coyote Song”, and Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy updating of a Renaissance tune.

Among other 20th century pieces, we present Charles Ives’ rarely performed “Psalm 24” and George Rochberg’s Hebrew setting of Psalm 150, as well as works by local composers Richard Felciano and Linda Mankin. The program also includes works by notable American composers Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and William Schuman, as well as texts by American poets Emily Dickinson, Allen Ginsberg, Archibald MacLeish, and Walt Whitman. We’ll have fun with Ernst Toch’s “Geographical Fugue” and the performance will end with a bang with “Fireworks” – a world premiere from 2007 Composer-in-Residence Jerry Mueller.

San Francisco

Saturday, March 17, 2007; 8 PM


Sunday, March 18, 2007; 4 PM

Palo Alto

Saturday, March 31, 2007; 8 PM

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Love, Courtship and Marriage, from the Renaissance to today. Brahms, Ligeti, Marenzio, Vaughan Williams, Wilbye. Our composers combine Something Old with Something New in a 21st. century take on tradition. Unusual musical marriages, four world premieres, winners of our New Voices Competition, and plenty of love! Not your grandparents’ wedding!

San Francisco

Sunday, June 17, 2005; 4 PM

Palo Alto

Saturday, June 23, 2005; 8 PM


Sunday, June 24, 2005; 4 PM

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