Past Seasons: 2012-2013

Omens, Dreams, and Curses

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Back by popular demand, internationally renowned Klezmer trio Veretski Pass joins SFCA for a journey into Jewish superstitions.

Guided by musicians past and present, enter the worlds of visions and wonder, spells and amulets. Beautiful traditional melodies are woven into a contemporary kaleidoscopic array of songs, dances, and dirges by dazzling improvisations.

Featuring 7 world premieres by Bay Area composers Josh Horowitz and Tina Harrington, and Composers-in and Not-in-Residence Mark Winges and Eleanor Aversa; contemporary works by Paul Ben-Haim, Alice Parker, Randall Thompson, and Sylke Zimpel; and earlier works by Aldrich, Mendelssohn, Rossi, and others.

San Francisco

Sat, June 15, 2013; 8 PM

St. Gregory of Nyssa Church
500 De Haro St, San Francisco

Peninsula

Sun, June 16, 2013; 4 PM

Beth Jacob
1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City

East Bay

Sun, June 23, 3013; 4 PM

Temple Sinai
2808 Summit St, Oakland

Wild Woods and Starry Nights

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In a holiday concert featuring works spanning five centuries, mountains, stars, trees, roses, and the heavens are among the themes of nature SFCA explores. Featured contemporary composers include Josh HabermannHerbert HowellsZoltán KodályJohn Jacob NilesRoger NixonDaniel PinkhamFrancis Poulenc, and Sergei Taneyev. These are heard beside 16th and 17th c. works by Johannes EccardOrlando di LassoJacob Handl, and Michael Praetorius, and world premieres by Composer-in-Residence Mark Winges and Composer-Not-in-Residence Eleanor Aversa.

For those who cherish traditional carols / works, the program includes Britten's The Holly and the Ivy, I wonder as I wanderLo, how a rose ‘er blooming, Videntes Stellam, and a zippy off-beat arrangement of Deck the Halls.

San Francisco

Sun, Dec 2, 2012; 4 PM

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

Peninsula

Sat, Dec 8, 2012; 8 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto

East Bay

Sun, Dec 9, 2012; 4 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Voices of Women

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Experience Voices of Women, an unusual program of music entirely by, for, and about women. The program includes old and new masters, from Renaissance composer Maddalena Casulana to the SFCA's first female Composer-Not-in-Residence Eleanor Aversa. Featuring both unknown talent and eminent composers, including Meredith Monk, Fanny Hensel, Chen Yi, Alice Parker, and Pauline Oliveros. Works about women include the world premiere of anima gaia by Composer-in-Residence Mark Winges, and the beloved Hymn to St. Cecilia by Benjamin Britten, a masterpiece celebrating the patron saint of musicians. Don’t miss this beautiful concert and bring along your mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts.

Hear jazz, folk, early music, improvisation, works for men’s and women’s chorus, sound effects, a text-less piece, and even a work about a double helix. Pauline Oliveros’s works Humming Piece and Rock Piece are particularly unusual. They are both completely improvised, the former an audience participation tribute to the dwindling population of bees, and the latter using rocks as a musical source in a random and complex sound pattern that will engulf the audience. Eleanor Aversa’s piece Probably Helical pays homage to Rosalind Franklin, a brilliant female scientist from the 1940s and 50s whose contribution to science and the discovery of the double helix has mostly gone uncelebrated and unsung, until now…

Check out these blog posts by SFCA singer Deborah Underwood and 2013 Composer-in-Residence Mark Winges.

San Francisco

Sat, Mar 2, 2013; 8 PM

St. Gregory of Nyssa Church
500 De Haro St, San Francisco

Peninsula

Sat, Mar 9, 2013; 8 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto

East Bay

Sun, Mar 10, 2013; 4 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

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