Concerts of Note — April/May Edition

Here are some highly recommended (and not just because I had something to do with most of them) upcoming concerts.

sfgc_web_4.eventdetailChorissima and several singers from Level IV of the San Francisco Girls Chorus perform the second of their two Children’s Crusade concerts Sunday, April 19, 4pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. These preternaturally talented young women have learned difficult music by Lili Boulanger, Philip Glass, and a new piece by Ralf Gawlick – Kinderkreuzzug. It’s a 35 minute cantata on a famous poem of Bertold Brecht about children journeying from Poland in search of refuge from the perils of World War II. Hearing such young artists sing so skillfully and passionately about the struggle of life and death represented in all three works on this concert is amazing and meaningful. Go.
Tickets and more info here.


 

love-and-the-knight-program-coverClerestory – Love and the Knight – at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. This is the last outing of our popular early-music oriented spring set, presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music. Come and hear songs of courtly love and gallantry Sunday, April 26, 4pm.
Tickets and more info here.


PandoraSquare-263x300One of the most ambitious works premiering in 2015 is Volti’s Pandora’s Gift. This world premiere choral performance art piece features the Bay Area’s premiere contemporary chamber choir, as well as the award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. The unique multimedia work—by composer Mark Winges, poet Denise Newman, and stage director Erika Chong Shuch—combines singing, movement, poetry, lighting, and drama in exploring the beauty and power of the Pandora myth.

The audience is invited to a post-concert Inter-ception—an interactive reception with refreshments in which they can share reactions and observations on the performance, and ask questions of the creative team.

Tickets and more info here.


logoJazz and Beyond–one of the most entertaining and inspiring concerts in the excellent Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir’s season–will focus this year on Latin swing favorites and torch songs frequently sung at this year’s venue–the historic Sweets Ballroom in Oakland. Hear the high school men and women of the Choir sing rockin’ a cappella arrangements of familiar tunes, as well as take turns at the solo mike for an evening of smooth singing fun. Thursday, May 21, 8pm.
Tickets and more info here.


I can’t fully express how excited I am to croon Songbook with Clerestory, May 30 & 31. Journeying through America’s own musical traditions, the program will encompass folk songs, spirituals, jazz, barbershop, and the Great American Songbook. Join us for a dapper, suave look at the music that makes us unique and captures the imaginations and hearts of generation after generation.
Tickets and more info here.