Matt Van Brink speaks to his favorite nature-inspired works, and to the process of “growing” a piece from concept to premiere and beyond. His beautiful, brief piece, “The Lower Leaves of Trees,” is included on SFCA’s March Program, Out of the Garden, Into the Woods: from Paradise to Scary.
We’re pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s New Voices Project is Jarred Main for his piece “Cicadas,” which will be performed on our upcoming concerts in March, 2019.
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!”.