Fall Concerts

Nov 18-19, 2017

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Legends of Loss, Myths of Immortality

We are thrilled to introduce our first concert with our new Music Director, Ofer dal Lal!

With the theme of “change” in mind, we will explore ancient stories of loss and the eternal human search for immortality through music composed by some of the great masters as well as contemporary composers. In this program, we will encounter those who achieved enduring presence, perhaps a kind of immortality, through sound and music.

The story of the Death of Absalom, son of David, and the nameless yet well-known daughter of Jephthah are two enduring legends we will tell through the compositions of Carissimi, Purcell and Whitacre. What greater loss than the loss of a child? What greater way to express it than in the haunting music of masters?

As the mournful songs echo and linger in our ears, we will embark on the search for immortality. Benjamin Britten’s beloved piece, “Hymn to St. Cecilia” poetically reveres the patron saint of music who descends to “inspire composing mortals with immortal fire”. One such mortal, the colossal J.S. Bach, is honored in an homage by modern Norwegian composer, Knut Nystedt – “Komm süsser Tod (Immortal Bach)” in a composition that fragments and echoes a simple chorale from a distant past. A centerpiece of the concert will be “Iuppiter”, a breathtaking piece by young German composer Michael Ostrzyga who has challenged choral singers to create sounds you have yet to hear!

WHERE AND WHEN

Saturday, November 18   8:00 – 10:00 PM

Oakland

St Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

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Tickets

Tickets are $20 general admission, or $10 for seniors and students.

Tickets will be available online here, at the door and from choir members.

(Online ticket sales end on the day of the event, but are still available at the door)

Sunday, November 19   7:00 – 9:00 PM

Fremont

Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539

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Tickets

Tickets are $20 general admission, or $10 for seniors and students.

Tickets will be available online here, at the door and from choir members.

(Online ticket sales end on the day of the event, but are still available at the door)