Our 2019-2020 Season

Oct 4-6, 2019

JS Bach Magnificat 
Zelenka Missa Divi Xaverii

Dec 13-15, 2019

Christmas in the Americas 

Feb 28–Mar 1, 2020

20th C. British Masters
Howells and Vaughan Williams 

May 1–3, 2020

Venetian Splendors
Croce, Monteverdi, and Rovetta

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Oct 4–6

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J.S. Bach

Magnificat

Zelenka

Missa Divi Xaverii

During Bach's time in Leipzig, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) worked at the court in Dresden, only 70 miles away. Bach (1685­–1750) held Zelenka in great esteem. While Zelenka was better appreciated in Dresden in money as well as status than Bach was in Leipzig, it was the other way around in the centuries to follow. After Zelenka's death, the overprotective church and court locked away his manuscripts. Lack of heirs and the political circumstances in his native Czech Republic contributed further to his posthumous neglect. Most of Zelenka’s 250 stellar compositions didn't receive worldwide attention until after the iron curtain was lifted in 1989. The exuberant Missa Divi Xaverii that opens our season received its modern-day premiere only in 2014. The work features festive trumpets and timpani, and forms the perfect combination with Bach's beloved Magnificat.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 8pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8pm
    All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 4pm
    *First Congregational, 2345 Channing, Berkeley*

 

Dec 13–15

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Christmas in the Americas

Our annual holiday concerts will feature music written by composers from North, Central, and South America. From the cathedrals of Lima, Cuzco, and Mexico City we present villancicos and motets by Juan de Araujo and Juan Gutierrez de Padilla—music whose rhythms and dance idioms reflect the influence of the indigenous cultures on the early Spanish colonialists. From North America, we perform Christmas pieces by William Billings and other 18th-century New England composers, along with some lovely contemporary carol arrangements by our Artistic Director, Paul Flight.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 8pm
    St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8pm
    *St. Mark’s Episcopal, 600 Colorado, Palo Alto*
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4pm
    *First Congregational, 2345 Channing, Berkeley*

 

Feb 28–
Mar 1

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20th C. British Masters

Howells and Vaughan Williams

Join us as we present two British masterworks inspired in part by the revival of the Renaissance polyphonic style of such composers as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s beautiful Mass in G minor is written in a modal style that evokes the past, while Herbert Howells’s sublime Requiem employs impressionistic sonorities to achieve its overwhelming emotional effect. These two works, like those of their predecessors, envelop the listener in a unique sound world shaped by the pure choral timbre that reverberated through the soaring architecture of Britain’s many cathedrals and chapels.

Friday, February 28, 2020, 8pm
    St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8pm
    All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4pm
    St. Mark’s Episcopal, 2300 Bancroft, Berkeley

 

May 1–3

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Venetian Splendors

Croce, Monteverdi, and Rovetta

For our season finale we recreate the splendors of Venice's Basilica di San Marco, featuring jewels by three of its maestri di capella: Croce (maestro from 1603 to 1609), Monteverdi (1613 to 1643), and Rovetta (1644 to 1668). Croce's Missa percussit Saul mille—one of Paul Flight's discoveries during his doctoral work at Indiana University—beautifully showcases cori spezzati, the double-choir style that became a trademark of choral compositions written for San Marco. We also perform Monteverdi's lively Beatus Vir and a grand Vespers by Rovetta, composed on the occasion of the birth of King Louis XIV, in 1638.

Friday, May 1, 2020, 8pm
    St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 8pm
    All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 4pm
    St. Mark’s Episcopal, 2300 Bancroft, Berkeley

 
The choir, Fall 2017. Photo by Will Toft.

The choir, Fall 2017. Photo by Will Toft.