2016-2017: Waxing Poetic: A Celebration of Poetry

Winter, 2017 • Shakespeare

“Give me some music; music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.”
(Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, scene 5)

The works of the “Bard of Avon” have inspired generations of composers to create some of our most charming choral works. In the second concert of our season dedicated to poets, Sacred and Profane explores the verse of the master. We will sing Shakespearean texts set to music by Thomas Morley, Amy Beach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Frank Martin, and others.


Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8 PM  | St. Francis Lutheran Church in SF

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 4 PM | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley

Spring, 2017 • In Love With Language

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. “

~W.H. Auden

Sacred and Profane sings the words of great English poets William Blake, Christina Rossetti, and others. We will also present Jan Sandström’s setting of Landskap med solar by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2012 and died in 2015. This exciting concert will also include works by Belgian composer Rudi Tas and our own Will Raymer. In this concert we will also celebrate the life of Lou Harrison, the renowned Bay Area composer who died in 2003. In collaboration with the East Bay ensemble Thingamajigs, we will present a new work in the style of Lou’s compositions for choir by Edward Schocker, as well Lou’s work Mass for St. Cecilia’s Day. This concert will coincide with Lou’s 100th birthday on May 14, 2017.


Saturday, May 13th 2017 at 8 PM | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley


Sunday, May 14th at 4 PM | St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco

May 2017 • La Koro Sutro with Other Minds

Members of Sacred and Profane will be singing in a concert celebrating
Lou Harrison’s centenary. In addition to several other signature works
by Harrison, the concert will feature a performance of “La Koro
Sutro,” the Esperanto rendition of the fourth century Buddhist text
“The Heart Sutra.”  The ensemble will feature singers from several Bay
Area choirs, The William Winant Percussion Group, and will be
conducted by Nicole Paiement, who has recorded a generous selection of Harrison’s music.

Saturday, May 20th, 8 PM

Mission Dolores Basilica

3321 16th St.

San Francisco, CA