2011-2012: 34th Season: Travel at the Speed of Sound with Sacred and Profane

Fall, 2011

Christmas Cruise: Around the World

Traditional Christmas songs from countries around the world: Join Sacred & Profane as we travel to the far reaches of the globe, performing eighteen traditional Christmas carols and other holiday songs in fourteen languages from seventeen countries. These carols come from as far away as Africa and China, Europe and Latin America, while exploring diversity close to home with an African-American spiritual and a traditional carol from the Appalachians. Our program will feature both well-known favorites, like the spiritual Go Tell It on the Mountain, and works that are little known in the United States, including the original Ukranian version of Carol of the Bells.

Saturday, December 3, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth), BERKELEY

Sunday, December 4, 4 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (between Duboce & Market), SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, December 10, 8 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda
2001 Santa Clara Avenue (at Chestnut), ALAMEDA


North America
John Work: Go Tell it on the Mountain (Spiritual)
Jerone Epstein, arr: Brightest and Best (Appalachian)
Gilbert Patenaude: Notre divin Maître (Quebec)

Latin America
Lifschitz Arrangements
Navida va purimihua (Bolivia)
Adorar al niño (Venezuela)
Emile Desamours, arr: Noèl Ayisyen (Haiti)

Western Europe
England: Bob Chilcott, arr: My Dancing Day
Netherlands: Roy Hopp, arr: “Nu zijt wellekome”
Spain: Joachin Nin-Culmell, arr: La Virgen lava
France: Elliot Forbes, arr: Joseph est bien Marie
Norway: Kjell Svanaes, arr: Et lidet Barn saa lystelig
Sweden: Olsson, arr: Guds Son är född (from Halland)

Eastern Europe
Estonia: Veljo Tormis, arr.: Jõulud tulevad
Latvia: Selga Mence, arr: Dedziet skalu, pütiet guni
Armenia: Vahram Sargsyan, arr: Khorurd Metz
Ukraine: Carol of the Bells

Boniface Mganga: Natufurahi Siku Ya Leo (Kenya, Taita)

Asia – China
Pengyou, Ting!

Spring, 2012

Trans-Oceanic Flight: Music of the Pacific Rim

As Asian spirituality and culture have grown in popularity in the Western US and as the Asian communities in California have grown, many composers have begun to explore melding Western and Asian influences in their music. In this exciting concert we will join together with the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus under the direction of Chanticleer’s Matt Oltman, University of San Francisco’s Classical Choral Ensembles, and the William Winant Percussion Ensemble to feature several Pacific Rim works. Our program will include pieces by Taiwanese composer Yu-Hui Chang, Chinese composer Chen Yi, and Canadian composer Brian Tate. The concert will conclude with the 40-year anniversary performance of Lou Harrison’s setting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra, La Koro Sutro, accompanied by a gamelan-inspired percussion ensemble. Please note that the Berkeley Art Museum concert on May 25th will feature only La Koro Sutro from this program and other non-choral music by Lou Harrison. We’re excited to welcome back previous Sacred & Profane conductor Marika Kuzma to conduct this concert.

Sunday, May 6, 2 PM
University of San Francisco
Presentation Theater (Education Building)
2350 Turk Blvd. (at Masonic), SAN FRANCISCO
$5 with USF or UCB ID – if purchasing with school IDs, please purchase at the door

Friday, May 25, 5 PM
Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way (between College and Telegraph), BERKELEY
Please purchase tickets from the Berkeley Art Museum


Yu-Hui Chang: Two Billy Collins Songs, The Night House & Shoveling Snow with Buddha

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro

Winter, 2012

Germany by Train, The German Partsong

In the nineteenth Century, Germany and Austria were awash in song. Not only was the new piano fueling composers’ passion for writing Lieder, or art songs for voice and piano, but the rising middle class was creating a new tide of people with more leisure time and broader artistic and intellectual interests. Combined with a rediscovery of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, these conditions created fertile ground for choral music. German composers such as Haydn, Schubert, and Bruckner composed a rich array of partsongs, pieces for the new mixed church choirs and large choral societies that were becoming popular throughout German-speaking countries. We will perform music by the best of these composers, featuring several shorter works plus Brahms’ breathtaking Warum ist das lich gegeben.

Saturday, March 3, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth), BERKELEY

Sunday, March 4, 4 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (between Duboce & Market), SAN FRANCISCO


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Partsongs
Die Warnung (SATB)
Die Harmonie in der Ehe
Aus dem Dankliede zu Gott (SATB)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Two Goethe partsongs
Sehsucht, D656
Chor der Engel, D440

Fanny Hensel (1805-1847): Gartenlieder, selections
Lockung, Op 3, 1
Schöne Fremde, Op 3, 2
Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald, Op 3, 5

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Three Graduals for the Church Year
Locus iste a Deo factus est
Os Justi meditabitur sapientam
Christus factus est pro nobis obediens

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Sechs geistliche Lieder (1881), selections
Aufblick (#1)
Einklang (#2)
Resignation (#3)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Zwei Motetten, Op. 74, 1
Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Müseligen