But wait, there’s more

The same weekend as the St. Stephen’s Messiah Sing, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus offers its fall concert. Talk about a full weekend! Handel on Friday; Gabrieli, Schutz, Pinkham and others on Saturday (7:30 pm at Mission Dolores, San Francisco) and Sunday (3 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Orinda). It’s going to be an outstanding program, with music for chorus, brass quartet, and organ.It’s always a juggling act, much like preparing a fine meal, getting everything ready for public consumption at the same time. The Lyric Chorus is well on track to do just that. The program includes works from the Renaissance through the piece that I wrote for the group, just premiered last December (a fun setting of four carols with audience participation).

In addition to works with brass and organ, we’re doing an a capella set of Hispanic works as well as selections from Victoria’s mass based on his hauntingly beautiful O Magnum Mysterium. What’s particularly neat about the mass is that each movement is at the same time a variation of the theme while being true to the liturgical function the piece embodies. Someone who knew the O Magnum would recognize the connection of the mass with the theme even if the listener did not know the title of the mass.. Be sure to check out the SFLC website for more information.

* Guillaume Dufay Gloria Ad Modem Tubae
* Heinrich Schütz Hodie Christus Natus Est (SWV 315)
* Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona per Sonare, #4
* Giovanni Gabrieli Hodie Christus Natus Est
* Heinrich Schütz Jauchzet dem Herren
* Giovanni Gabrieli In Ecclesiis
* Juan Vasquez En la Fuente del Rosel
* Joaquin Nin-Culmell La Virgen Lava Pañales
* Fray Gerónimo González Serenissima Una Noche
* Tomás Luis de Victoria O Magnum Mysterium
* Tomás Luis de Victoria O Magnum Mysterium Mass selections
* Daniel Pinkham Christmas Cantata
* Robert Train Adams Christmas Fantasy

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