2009-2010: 32nd Season: Building Bridges

Fall, 2009

Spain and the New World

Sacred & Profane kicks off our 32nd season with both beautiful classical gems and lively folk music from Spain and Latin America. Our concert will span several centuries and countries, from Medieval Spain to 20th -century Argentina. We will sing ethereal Christmas motets of Victoria, Villa-Lobos, and Busto and rarely heard folk songs from Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. The concert’s highlight is Ariel Ramírez’ Navidad Nuestra, featuring tenor Jimmy Kansau and the VNote Ensemble.

Friday, December 4, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)

Saturday, December 6, 8 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda
2001 Santa Clara Ave (at Chestnut)

Sunday, December 12, 4 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market)
San Francisco


First Half – Mostly Spain

I.    Processionals from Llibre vermell
a.    Men: Polorum regina with tambourine
b.    Women: O Virgo splendens

II.    Spain/Old World
a.    Renaissance – a cappella
i.    Guerrero: Canite tuba
ii.    Victoria: Ave Maria
iii.    Victoria: O magnum mysterium

b.    Greenberg, ed: Three Spanish Christmas Carols of the 16th Century
i.    E la don don, Verges Maria
ii.    Dadme albricias, hijos d’Eva
iii.    Ríu, Ríu, Chíu

c.    Geronimo Gonzalez: Serenissima Una Noche
d.    Villa-Lobos
i.    Praesepe
ii.    Ave Maria
e.    Javier Busto
i.    Lux fulgebit
ii.    Ave Maris stella

Second Half – New World, Folk
f.    Traditional/Folk: Max Lifschitz arrangements (1984)
i.    Bolivia: Navida va purimihua
ii.    Ecuador: Yo soy indiecito
iii.    Venezuela: Adorar al niño
iv.    Mexico: ¡Miren cuántas luces!
v.    Emile Desamours: Noèl Ayisyen (Haiti)
g.    Ariel Ramirez (Argentina): Navidad Nuestra

Spring, 2010

Madness and Mirth

Join Sacred and Profane as we descend into madness! We will sing such works as Britten’s charming setting of Christopher Smart’s poetry, Rejoice in the Lamb and Danish composer Per Nørgård’s brilliant Wie ein Kind, an avant-garde work with texts by Rainer Maria Rilke an the schizophrenic Swiss poet and painter Adolf Wölfi. We then turn to the lighter side of life with Geoffredo Petrassi’s Nonsense Songs, William Bergsma’s Riddle Me This, Jaako Mäntyjärvi’s Announcements, and other mirthful works.

Friday, May 7, 8:00 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Saturday, May 8, 8:00 pm
St. Francis Lutheran Church
San Francisco

Winter, 2010

Music of America

While composers from Europe dominated the music landscape from the Medieval era until World War II, many of music’s greatest innovators since 1945 have come from the United States. Join us as we sing Samuel Barber’s choral classic Reincarnations, Morten Lauridsen’s magical Fire Song Madrigals, and American Spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan. We will also perform works by three composers born since 1970: Eric Whitacre, Stacy Garrop, and Loretta Notareschi. We are excite to reprise Notareschi’s Italia Mia, commissioned in 2007 and premiered in 2008 by Sacred & Profane.

Sunday, March 6, 8 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market
San Francisco

Sunday, March 7, 4 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)