Past Seasons: 2013-2014

Sweet Voices & Noyses: Christmas in Italy

Visit Italy this holiday season, no passport needed! From sheep-covered hillsides to majestic cathedrals, the glorious voices of the Choral Artists wander through the centuries with guest Renaissance wind band The Whole Noyse singing motets, carols, folksongs, and polyphonic masterpieces. You’ll be transported by the works of Italian masters, including Giovanni Gabrieli, Giuseppe Verdi, Carlo Gesualdo, Luca Marenzio, and Roman Vlad, as well as by three SFCA-commissioned world premieres from Composers-in and Not-in-Residence, Benjamin Taylor and Kala Pierson.

Peninsula

Sat, Dec 7, 2013; 8 PM

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

East Bay

Sun, Dec 8, 2013; 4 PM

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

San Francisco

Sat, Dec 14, 2013; 8 PM

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

Love, Loss and Latkes

Songs of love and loss are interwoven through Jewish texts and traditions. Biblical sources, such as The Song of Songs, the story of David and Absalom, and Psalms, as well as Middle Eastern folk tales, examine themes of joy and anguish, sacred and secular love—often with a dash of the unexpected. Once again, SFCA collaborates with audience favorite, the internationally renowned klezmer trio Veretski Pass. Featuring 14 world premieres—including new works from Composers-in and Not-in-Residence Benjamin Taylor and Kala Pierson, Wayne Eastwood, Joshua Horowitz, and William Vollinger—and works by Leonard Bernstein, Norman Dinerstein, Paul Ben-Haim, and Alice Parker.

San Francisco

Sat, Mar 22, 2014; 8 PM

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

East Bay

Sun, Mar 23, 2014; 4 PM

Temple Sinai
2808 Summit St, Oakland

Peninsula

Sun, Mar 30, 2014; 4 PM

All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall
555 Waverley St, Palo Alto

Lilith, the Night Demon

SFCA Presents!  World premiere of Lilith, the Night Demon

The story of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, reimagined as a magical folk opera, in a bawdy and edgy alternative version of Creation.

Score and libretto by local Bay Area composer Joshua Horowitz. With Michael Wex as the narrator, Heather Klein as Lilith, Anthony Russell as Adam, the Veretski Pass Eastern European instrumental trio, and the singers of San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Artistic Director.

Tickets $30-$49, 20% discount for advance purchase.

Marin

Thurs, May 1, 2014; 7:30 PM

Jewish Community Center
San Rafael

East Bay

Sat, May 3, 2014; 8 PM

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Berkeley

Peninsula

Sun, May 4, 2014; 4 PM

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
Menlo Park

Midsummer Night’s Singing

SFCA is throwing a 450th birthday party for William Shakespeare!  Join the singers—and a few actors—for a choral and dramatic tribute to his genius. The program presents the very best from Shakespeare's rich trove of verse. Featured are composers who have been inspired by the Bard’s masterful way with the English language, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, contemporary American composers Robert Baksa, Paul Chihara, Richard Felciano, Louise Spizizen, and Judith Zaimont; with world premieres from the SFCA Composers-in and Not-in-Residence Benjamin Taylor and Kala Pierson, and the 3 winners of SFCA's 2015 New Voices Project competition for composers under age 30—David von Kampen, Kevin Laskey, and Natalie Bell.

Peninsula

Sun, June 8, 2014; 4 PM

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

San Francisco

Sat, June 14, 2014; 8 PM

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

East Bay

Sun, June 15, 2014; 4 PM

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

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