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St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 OFarrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109
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82 reviews
10 stars
Small free lot, but hard to get to, and must get there early!
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123 events
82 reviews
10 stars
St. Mark's has a free parking lot adjacent to the church but I took the #38 Geary to Gough and walked a block and a half to the church.
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"Modern American Voices"
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4.8 average rating
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175 events
94 reviews
9 stars
attended Apr 29 2012

Beautiful voices and interesting program notes about the compositions performed. An upbeat program and fun afternoon. Looking forward to the next concert!

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41 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 29 2012

I love choral music, and this performance was one of the most beautiful ever! An exceptional program!
Thank you SF Lyric Chorus, and thank you Goldstar for making it possible to have this fantastic musical experience!

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30 reviews
29 stars
attended Apr 29 2012

absolutely enjoyable - the choir was in perfect harmony and the songs were unique. We sat in the balcony of the church - and we stood up and applauded at the conclusion of the event. Superb!

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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.