Past Seasons: 2008-2009

Seven Centuries of Christmas

Join us for time travel through seven centuries of Christmas celebrations! Revel in the best and most beloved music, and be the first to hear the songs we might sing for the next 100 years. Featuring the world premiere of Ted Allen‘s Earth’s Winter Song, a work for double choir that entwines contemporary themes of beauty and strife with Christmas music of the 13th through 18th centuries.

San Francisco

Saturday, December 13, 2008; 8 PM,

St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
500 De Haro Street

Palo Alto

Saturday, December 20, 2008; 8 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

Oakland

Sunday, December 21, 2008; 4 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

A Whole Lotta Noyse

SFCA collaborates with the illustrious Early Music wind band The Whole Noyse for music from many centuries for voices and instruments. We sample the treasures of Medieval and Renaissance music, and carry these sounds into today with new works for voices and shawms, sackbuts, and cornetti. Includes a world premiere from Composer-in-Residence Ted Allen–whose musical associations have included Metallica and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Wind Band, as well as Sega and Nintendo!

San Francisco

Saturday, March 21, 2009; 8 PM,

St. Mark’s Lutheran
1111 O’Farrell Street

Oakland

Saturday, March 28, 2009; 8 PM,

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

Palo Alto

Sunday, March 29, 2009; 4 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

Re-Cycle, Re-View, Sing New!

How do composers take materials at hand to fashion something new? Whether borrowed or stolen, for fun or propaganda–or desperate when deadlines loom–composers exploit existing musical resources. By recycling tunes and texts, plainchant, hymns, and drinking songs are re-purposed in new forms with fresh harmony. Featuring the winner of our 5th New Voices Competition.

San Francisco

Saturday, June 13, 2009; 8 PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran
1111 O’Farrell Street

Oakland

Saturday, June 20, 2009; 8 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

Palo Alto

Sunday, June 21, 2009; 4 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

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