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 510-642-0808
Yu-Hui Chang: Two Billy Collins Songs, The Night House & Shoveling Snow with Buddha
Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro