Upcoming Concerts


May 3 & 5, 2024


The Hope of Loving

Repertoire includes:
Five Hebrew Love Songs – Eric Whitacre
To The Hands – Caroline Shaw
The Hope of Loving – Jake Runestad

​The three works on this program tackle similar ideas from different viewpoints, each accompanied by strings. Written within 20 years of each other, their texts and themes are at least as poignant and resonant today in 2024 as they were when they were written. Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, now a staple in the choral repertoire, approaches a youthful and innocent love between two people that is intimate, sweet, and hopeful in a way that leaves the challenges of the rest of the world melting into the background. Shaw’s To The Hands is anything but intimate and sweet, and tackles serious worldwide problems with a musical language that is both rooted in style of the 17th-century and fresh from the past decade. Where Whitacre’s love is between two people, Shaw asks us to consider our response to and, perhaps, our complicity in some of the great challenges facing humanity today. Runestad combines the themes of these two works in his moving The Hope of Loving in which we grapple with the grief and inequality in the world and the role that love has in healing that pain.

Guest Artists: The Musical Art Quintet



Friday, May 3  8:00 PM


St Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94707


Sunday, May 5  7:00 PM

Palo Alto

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Tickets are $20 general admission, or $10 for young audience (30 and under), and $35 for SFBACC supporters (if you wish to support the choir).

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

(Online ticket sales end at 6:00pm on the day of the event, but will still be available at the door)