Autumn 2017

A Winter’s Night: Songs of Evening, Stars, and the Northern Lights

 

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus celebrate their 40th Anniversary Season, Forty Years of Sacred and Profane with the season-opening A Winter’s Night: Songs of Evening, Stars, and the Northern Lights this December. Under the direction of Rebecca Seeman, Sacred and Profane explores secular themes of winter, light and darkness, and natural phenomena through ethereal choral music.

In addition to presenting canonic works by traditional composers such as Monteverdi, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, and Mendelssohn, Sacred and Profane proudly highlights lesser known 20th and 21st century composers from many countries: Pavel Chesnokov (Russia), Ola Gjeilo (Norway), Karin Rehnqvist and Hugo Alfvén (Sweden), Franck Ticheli and Stacey Gibbs (America), and several works by contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, whose phenomenal, award-winning music has taken the choral community by storm. Works such as his moving Stars for choir and water-tuned wineglasses, among others, create an inclusive program that feels spiritual without being religious.

 

Saturday, December 2nd, 8 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Alameda

2001 Santa Clara Ave (at Chestnut)

 Alameda

 

Saturday, December 9th, 8 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)

Berkeley 

 

Sunday, December 10th, 4 PM

St. Francis Lutheran Church

152 Church Street (Duboce & Market)

San Francisco

Winter 2018

 Sacred German Masterpieces

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – J.S. Bach

German composers have given us one of the most significant bodies of Christian sacred music, from the brilliance of J.S. Bach and his family, through Mozart, Brahms, and beyond. We will sing Bach’s motet Sei Lob und Pres mit Ehren — which was falsely attributed to another composer for centuries — and Brahms’ motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, considered his greatest sacred a cappella work. We are alsothrilled to present Hugo Distler’s dramatic Totentanz, a passion play in which Death spars with his victims, and we are excited to include American Conservatory Theater actor Paul Finocchiaro performing the part of Death. This grand program will also feature Clytus Gottwald’s arrangement for 16-voice choir of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, no. 3: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, one of the composer’s most moving works for voice and orchestra.

Saturday, March 10th, 8 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)

Berkeley

Sunday, March 11th, 4 PM

St. Francis Lutheran Church

152 Church Street (between Duboce & Market) 

San Francisco

 

Spring 2018

 40th Anniversary Concert: Forty Years of Sacred and Profane

 

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible, and inconceivable”  —Aaron Copland

Celebrate Sacred and Profane’s fortieth year of bringing exquisite concerts to the Bay Area with a program of masterpieces for a cappella choir! This concert will feature the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’ Curse Upon Iron, a powerful work about the cultivation of iron as a vehicle for both ancient and modern warfare, as well as Arvo Pärt’s antiphon for peace, Da pacem Domine. For the first time in many years, we will sing our namesake work– Benjamin Britten’s Sacred and Profane: Eight Medieval Lyrics, the last piece that Britten composed for professional a cappella choir. Finally, we are delighted to conclude our season with the world premiere of a new work commissioned from the compelling Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. Please join us for this musical celebration, with a pre-concert conversation with Karin at 7:45 PM and a reception following each of the Bay Area concerts on the 11th and 12th!

Friday, May 11th, 8 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)

Berkeley 

Saturday, May 12th, 8 PM 

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

1111 O’Farrell (between Gough & Franklin) 

San Francisco

Saturday, May 19th, 7 PM 

Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road
Gualala, CA 95445 (just north of Sea Ranch)

Venue-specific pricing: $20 in advance, $25 day of concert, children ages 7-17 free.
Tickets for this performance will be sold through Brown Paper Tickets in advance and at Gualala Arts on the day of the concert: gualalaarts.org or  800-838-3006