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 and interdisciplinary experience free to the public, featuring an exhibit on the theme of the American landscape with works by glass artist Kim Webster, textile artist George-Ann Bowers, painter Mi’Chelle Fredrick, mixed-media artists Åke and Leslie Grundits, and others, supported by a generous grant from the City of Alameda.

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

Women are writing exciting, expressive, and important music, and yet remain sorely underrepresented in traditional concert programming. Sacred and Profane is thrilled to bring you a concert of music written by women – all living and working composers except for the original feminist composer: 11th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Our concert will feature Quilt Songs, a collection of pieces inspired by quilts and composed by Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, and Carol Barnett. We will also bring you works by the Swedish composer Tina Andersson; the Russian-English composer Alissa Firsova; the American composer Caroline Mallonée; and a setting of Edith Södergran’s feminist poem Triumf att finnas till by our much-championed Swedish composer, Karin Rehnqvist.

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)