We asked Artistic Director Magen Solomon to tell us a little bit about what to expect, and how she built a program out of contrasting approaches to the theme of Nature.
We’ve asked some of our singers to share their impressions on the pieces they’re working on this season, and bass Asher Davison has chosen to highlight Hindemith’s skillful setting of these French texts.
Recall your favorite Christmas carol—you’ve probably called up a strong, striking melody sung in joyful unison. What if a carol could instead captured the fragmented, unique wonder of many perspectives on one miracle? Join Composer-in-Residence Jean Ahn as she reflects on her new work, her relationship with the Choral Artists, and the multifaceted spirit of Christmas.
The holidays aren’t always happy for everyone—for many, it is a complicated emotional season. Robinson McClellan shares his thoughts on the complex nature of winter and on the similarly complex relationship between composer, performer, and listener. Robin is this year’s Composer-Not-in-Residence; his new work, “Comfort and Joy,” will premiere at “Jingle! Angels! Silent! Merry!”.
As the Choral Artists presents a rich concert of American music, you might wonder what our Dresden-based Composer-Not-in-Residence has been up to. What does it mean to compose across the boundaries of language and culture? How is music changed by the identities of the people writing or performing it? Below, Sylke Zimpel shares her thoughts
What’s it like to move music from your head to the page, then have someone else take it from the page to the concert hall? How do you coalesce a nebulous theme into a singular idea, then evolve that idea into a discrete piece? What do coding and composing have in common? Below, Michael Kaulkin—SFCA