2014-2015: 37th Season: Earth, Fire, Wind

Fall, 2014

Earth: Holiday Music of Eastern Europe

Sink into the heart of the winter season with Sacred & Profane as we revel in the rich harmonies of Eastern Europe music for the holidays. Our diverse program will feature the familiar and the rarely heard: from the florid chant-based works of Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Chesnokov to the folk-influenced works of Armenian composers Komitas and Khorentatsi, from the mix of West and East in the music of Hungarian composers Kodály and Bárdos to the modern innovations of Górecki and Dychko. Our concert will also include arrangements by the popular local Balkan women’s chorus Kitka, and much loved Ukrainian Christmas carols, including the original Carol of the Bells.

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

Sunday, December 7, 4PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market)
San Francisco

Saturday, December 13, 8PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)
Berkeley

Spring, 2015

Wind: Music for Choir and Wind Ensemble

Soar with Sacred and Profane as we sing two of the great masterworks for choir and wind ensemble: Anton Bruckner’s resplendent Mass in E Minor and Igor Stravinksy’s magnificent Mass. Scored for winds and double choir, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor is among the nineteenth century’s finest sacred works, masterfully combining Bruckner’s unique command of sixteenth century polyphony and late nineteenth century chromatic harmony. Stravinsky’s Mass presents the Neoclassical composer at his finest, with the clear, brilliant musical language and dynamic rhythm for which he is loved. Also on the program will be Karin Rehnqvist’s remarkable To the Angel with the Firey Hands. Sung in Swedish, this work for choir and oboe showcases Rehnqvist’s exciting use of kulning, Swedish yodeling.
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Saturday, May 9, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco (btwn Franklin and Gough)
San Francisco

Sunday, May 10, 4 PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave (at Forest)
Berkeley

Winter, 2015

Fire: Love is in the Air: A Valentine’s Day Concert

Warm up to songs of love with Sacred and Profane as we indulge in music celebrating Valentine’s Day, from Palestrina’s sensual Song of Songs to Lauridsen’s exciting Madrigali: Fire Songs. Our concert will also feature shorter gems to swoon to, including Lassus’ Bonjour mon coeur, Lundvik’s Som ett blommande mandelträd, Barber’s The Coolin, Whitacre’s Water Night, and more.

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Saturday, February 14, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth) Berkeley

Sunday, February 15, 4 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market)
San Francisco