San Francisco Choral Artists Present Forecast: Sunny With a Chance of Songs
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The 25th season celebration for the American Bach Soloists rolls on with a look at Bach's legacy, as Maestro Jeffrey Thomas leads the ABS and choir through several of the composer's motets and choral pieces, along with vocal works by those he influenced, like Mendelssohn, Brahms, Sandström and Nystedt. In fact, contemporary Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt's Immortal Bach is wholly inspired by Bach's sacred song "Komm, süßer Tod, komm, selge Ruh (Come, sweet death, come, blessed rest)," transforming it into a complex and challenging new setting. Though Bach completed well over 300 cantatas over the course of his productive career, he only created six motets. This performance also includes two of these powerful pieces, along with his early cantata, "Out of the depths I call to thee." Gain more insight into the program at the pre-concert lecture, which begins one hour before the performance. Learn More
“Choral masterpieces” can be great for lifting the spirit. Artistic Director Magen Solomon has combined masterpieces that are all-time audience / singer favorites with five world premieres pieces predicted to be classics.
Bask in these masterpieces of the unaccompanied repertoire: Debussy and Hindemith’s Chansons; Poulenc’s Lenten Motets; Britten’s Flower Songs; Vaughan Williams’ Shakespeare Songs; challenging pieces by Carter, Ives, and Webern; and Puerling’s charming “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”
Toast five world premiere works destined to be classics: chuckle at e.e. cummings’ settings by Composer-In-Residence Brian Holmes. Be moved by the tale of a would-be migrant adrift at sea by New Zealand Composer-Not-In-Residence Christopher Marshall.
Why juxtapose masterpieces with new works? Artistic Director Magen Solomon explains that she avidly cultivates engagements with living composers to help bridge the gulf between composer, performer, and audience. “I feel that music needs to be live music,” Solomon comments. “It’s so easy to listen to flawless recordings, but having live singers in front of live audiences singing compelling music by living composers has always been a critical part of our group.”
About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Choral ArtistsSpecializing in new music and the work of living composers, this semi-professional chamber choir has commissioned or premiered more than 170 works, and achieved a national reputation through eclectic programming and stunning performances. Acclaimed as "...amongst the foremost unaccompanied singing groups... on this or any other coast" (artssf.com), the ensemble's excellence has been recognized through performances of music spanning 600 years and in a variety of styles. SFCA has been active in educational outreach through programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California/Berkeley, and San Francisco School of the Arts, and has performed in concert with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Composers Inc., The Whole Noyse, and others.
Under the artistic direction of Magen Solomon, the 24-voice ensemble is collaborating with The Alexander String Quartet in works for chamber choir and string quartet, commissioning 7 new works to be heard in live performances and on a new full-length recording.