Autumn 2018

Heavenly Spheres: Sacred Songs of the Night Sky


Gaze into the stars with Sacred and Profane as we sing sacred works about the night sky. This ethereal program will feature works by Hildegard, Victoria, Lange-Müller, Grieg, Olsson, Kverno, and Poulenc. We will also sing exciting pieces by living composers, including Shawn Crouch’s The Light of the Common Day, Nico Muhly’s Bright Star Carol, and Jonathan Dove’s Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars. We are thrilled to be joined by the renowned organist Jonathan Dimmock for this moving holiday concert.

Tickets: $25 in advance / $28 at the door / $10 Students


Friday, December 14th, 8 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)



Sunday, December 16th, 4 PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

1111 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco

Winter 2019

The American Landscape: Traditional Music And Art of the United States

“I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear” – Walt Whitman

Travel the highways and byways of this vast country as we delve into the diversity of our unique musical and artistic landscapes. Several local visual artists will add their perspectives to our music as we bring you selections from Folksong Mass by Japanese American composer Paul Chihara, arrangements of Amish folksongs by Mark Templeton, African American spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Stacey Gibbs, and traditional Quaker and American Harp songs arranged by Jocelyn Hagen, Alice Parker, and Shawn Kirchner.

Our Alameda performance will be an interdisciplinary experience free to the public, featuring an exhibit on the theme of the American landscape with works by glass artist Kim Webster, textile artists George-Ann Bowers and Alice Beasley, painter Mi’Chelle Fredrick, mixed-media artists Åke and Leslie Grunditz, and ceramicist Maria Paz; supported by a generous grant from the City of Alameda. Read more about the artists here.

Friday, March 8th, 8 PM

St Francis Lutheran Church

152 Church Street (Duboce & Market) 

San Francisco

Saturday, March 9th, 8 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)


Sunday, March 10th, 7 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Alameda

2001 Santa Clara Ave.


RSVP recommended to reserve your seat!

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Spring 2019


 A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers


“What do I fear? I am a part of infinity,

I am a part of the great power of the universe,

A single world within a million worlds,

A star of the first magnitude

Which is the last to be extinguished.

Triumph to live, Triumph to breathe, Triumph to exist!”

– Edith Södergran

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Women are writing exciting, expressive, and important music, and yet remain sorely underrepresented in traditional concert programming. Sacred and Profane is thrilled to bring these women to the stage in May 2019, as we celebrate our Artistic Director’s 15th anniversary with the group.

With music that highlights expressive sensibilities, feminist themes, and diverse influences, the program includes works all by living and working female composers, with exception for the original feminist composer: 11th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Also on the program is Quilt Songs, a collection of pieces inspired by quilts and composed by Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, and Carol Barnett; and works by Tina Andersson, Alissa Firsova, and Caroline Mallonée. The triumphant conclusion is a setting of Edith Södergran’s feminist poem Triumf att finnas till by our much-championed Swedish composer, Karin Rehnqvist. These works showcase the resilient spirit of femininity and celebrate the impressive talent of women in music through the choral arts from the local to international level. 

Saturday, May 18th, 8 PM 

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

1111 O’Farrell (between Gough & Franklin) 

San Francisco

Sunday, May 19th, 4 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)