San Francisco Lyric Chorus Performs Modern American Voices
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The last date listed for Modern American Voices was Sunday April 29, 2012 / 5:00pm.
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Talented young women ages 11 to 18 from across the San Francisco Bay Area will join their voices in seasonal song for Young Women's Choral Projects' Gifts of the Season: Spirit, Peace & Joy! This festive program features Benjamin Britten's magnificent Missa Brevis in D with organist Jonathan Dimmock, spiritual, peaceful and joyful music by Hildegard von Bingen, Francisco Guerrero, Frank La Rocca and Abbie Betinis, as well as familiar carols of the season with opportunities for you to sing along. Under the artistic leadership of Dr. Susan McMane (who will conduct this show), the YWC transforms the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance and brings the expressive power of the group's music to the community, the nation and the world. Learn More
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San Francisco Lyric Chorus
Alamere String Quartet, Xiyan Wang, Piano
For the Spring 2012 trimester, Modern American Voices, the chorus presents a wonderful combination of words, music and poetry set by three distinguished American composers.
Between 1950 and 1952, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) arranged settings of eight different American folk songs at the request of his friend, Benjamin Britten. The chorus will sing four of these folk songs and ballads, ranging in mood from the jolly song of the Ohio River boatmen to the gentle lullaby of "The Little Horses."
In "Fern Hill," New York composer John Corigliano (1938- ) beautifully sets Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ (1914-1953) reminiscences of his childhood visit to an aunt’s farm, and Thomas’ musings on his own life. The lush tonality of the music matches the richness of the words.
Eric Whitacre (1970- ) is one of the most well-known and successful contemporary American composers. His music has charmed and moved audiences all over the world. He composes in a variety of styles, and the ensemble has selected several works that demonstrate these styles. "Animal Crackers 1" is a setting of three poems by the American humorist, Ogden Nash (1902-1971). "Water Night" is a setting of a poem by the Mexican poet, Octavio Paz (1914-1998), created in Whitacre’s familiar cluster sound. Whitacre uses this composition as the subject of his "Virtual Choir 3". In "Five Hebrew Love Poems," Whitacre sets Hebrew poetry written by his wife, operatic soprano Hila Plitmann (1973- ).
The concert concludes with Aaron Copland’s "The Promise of Living," a joyous Thanksgiving song from his opera, The Tender Land.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Lyric Chorus
Formed in 1995, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus is a medium-size, auditioned volunteer chorus that performs a repertoire representing all periods of choral music, with a special interest in presenting little known, rarely performed works of exceptional merit.