Upcoming Concerts

2020-21 Season: Together in Unity

 

As of June 2020, we have two concert schedules planned.  One reflects the ability to perform with our 100+ voice Chorale and full orchestra (left). The other constitutes a 40-voice selected choir, a size which is able to safely social-distance as singers (right). The first and last concerts, performed by the usual 26-voice Chamber Ensemble, will occur in both schedules.

 

We are aware that we might not be able to perform at all should sheltered-in-place restrictions return. We will continually update these options as details continue to evolve.

Mystery and Majesty

Oct 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm – St. Perpetua Church, Lafayette

 

The 26-voice Chamber Ensemble will present Swiss composer Frank Martin’s exquisite “Mass for Double Choir. Without question, this is one of the most beautiful settings ever written, employing independence from its eight vocal lines offset with sections of lush double choir antiphonal writing. Also featured will be Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep,” “The Old Church” by Paulus, and other works by Anders Ohrwall, Z. Randall Stroope and Billy Joel.

 

Ode to Joy: December Holiday Concert

Dec 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm – Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Dec 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

 

The Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Nova Youth Choir will combine with full orchestra in its highly acclaimed annual season Holiday concert. This year we will present the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy”, truly an artistic masterpiece, featuring local soloists and full orchestra. In addition, the choirs will present an array of holiday music with the audience invited to join the choirs, orchestra and organ in singing family carols and songs! 

 

Together in Unity

March 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church  

 

The Chorale and Chamber Ensemble join forces, 120 voices strong, accompanied by full orchestra, to present four stunning works: Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms”, Verdi’s “Stabat Mater”, Samuel Barber’s “Prayers of Kierkegaard”, and Morten Lauridsen’s “Les Chansons des Roses.”  

 

I, Too, Sing America

May 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

May 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

 

The Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Nova Youth and Children’s Honor Choirs join in a concert that honors and celebrates African American history and musical contributions, also including poetic recitations, visual projections and narration.

Cheek to Cheek

June 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm – Lafayette Community Center, Jennifer Russell Auditorium

 

The 26-voice Chamber Ensemble will present popular love songs from the last 125 years featuring American standards from Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Mercer, Rodgers , along with songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s up to contemporary artists of today.

Mystery and Majesty

Oct 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm – St. Perpetua Church, Lafayette

 

The 26-voice Chamber Ensemble will present Swiss composer Frank Martin’s exquisite “Mass for Double Choir. Without question, this is one of the most beautiful settings ever written, employing independence from its eight vocal lines offset with sections of lush double choir antiphonal writing. Also featured will be Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep,” “The Old Church” by Paulus, and other works by Anders Ohrwall, Z. Randall Stroope and Billy Joel.

Ode to Joy: December Holiday Concert

Dec 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm – Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Dec 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

 

The newly expanded 40-voice Ensemble and Nova Youth Choir will present an array of holiday music with the audience invited to join the choirs, instrumentalists and organ in singing family carols and songs! Included are works by Bach, Bruckner, Holst, Howells, Wilberg, Forrest and several others. 

 

 

Together in Unity

March 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

 

The newly expanded 40-voice Ensemble will perform five works from five major choral composers. Included are Bach’s Motet #1 “Singet den Herrn”, Morten Lauridsen’s “Les Chansons des Roses”, Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Songs”, Brahms’ “Fest- und Gedenksprüche”, “Four Spirituals” arr. by William Dawson.

 

 

I, Too, Sing America

May 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

May 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

 

The newly expanded 40-voice Ensemble and Nova Youth Choir will join in a concert that honors and celebrates African American history and musical contributions, also including poetic recitations, visual projections and narration.

 

 

Cheek to Cheek

June 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm – Lafayette Community Center, Jennifer Russell Auditorium

 

The 26-voice Chamber Ensemble will present popular love songs from the last 125 years featuring American standards from Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Mercer, Rodgers , along with songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s up to contemporary artists of today.