Past Seasons: 2016-2017

Light in Winter

With the rare convergence of Hannukah, Christmas, and the Solstice, we look ahead to the new year and lengthening days with music of contemplation and renewal, of confronting darkness and rejoicing in light’s return.

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Palo Alto

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

Oakland

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 4 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

San Francisco

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4 PM

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street

Witches, Saints, and Mothers: Music By and About Women

San Francisco Choral Artists presents the vibrant voices of women past and present in their poems, letters, laments, and proclamations, set by women composers of many eras.

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Oakland

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

Palo Alto

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8 PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

San Francisco

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4 PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street

East Meets West and Other Musical Marriages

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Wherever cultures meet, musical styles mingle, join, and evolve. Travel with us through Asia and the Middle East, through Asia and the Middle East, through South and North America, and explore our planet’s rich and varied choral cultures.

Magen Solomon explains: “In this program of ‘mixed marriages’ we hear Eastern musical styles, tone production, and harmonies meet those of the West; and witness unusual juxtapositions, like an American folksong as Renaissance polyphony, a Finnish setting of Spanish surrealist poetry. And the marriage of vocal melodies and harmonies with the rhythm of diverse percussion instruments. A whirlwind trip of musical styles, sounds and colors!"

Celebrated percussionist Peter Maund joins the choir for this unusual exploration. Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists,” Maund will enrich the journey with hand drums such as doumbek, tambourine (riqq), frame drums, djembe, and other instruments, in realizations and improvisations of North African and Middle Eastern music, traditional European practices from Ireland, Turkey, and Bavaria, and folk traditions from Central African, South American, and South Asian cultures.

The Choral Artists, a cappella and together with Maund, will bring to audiences choral music in eight languages, drawing from the traditions of China, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Finland, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. The music spans multiple centuries, and includes stunning works by Robin Estrada, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Peter Schickele, and the premiere of new pieces by Jean Ahn, Elinor Armer, and Paul Chihara.

San Francisco

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4 PM

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street

Palo Alto

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Avenue

Oakland

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 4 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue

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