The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) will present “The Full Heart: Choral Music of Love and Passion” in December!
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM
All Souls Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar St, Berkeley.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco.
The FREE concert features passionate works of contemporary choral music by Ivo Antognini, David Conte, Paul Crabtree, Aaron Jay Kernis, Huang Ruo, Sven-David Sandström, Stephen Smith, Peter Warlock, Eric Whitacre, and Healey Willan, as well as the world premiere of “Into the Golden Vessel of Great Song” by IOCSF’s inaugural Composer-in-Residence, Nicholas Weininger.
The concert will be followed by a reception.
NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
Several composers on our program set texts from the Song of Solomon, the timeless Biblical classic of lovers' admiration and pleasure. Ivo Antognini's "I Am the Rose of Sharon" brings a lush, pandiatonic sensibility to express lovers swooning over each other; Healey Willan's "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away" is a gentle yet insistent call to come forth with one's beloved, while Sven-David Sandström's "A new song of love" takes the same verses and adds a dramatic, swooping, surprising series of modulations in call-and-response style to produce a phantasmagoric vision of delirious love. All this lushness is echoed, too, in Eric Whitacre's classic "A Boy and a Girl," setting a tender poem by Octavio Paz.
The other featured composers span a wide range of moods and styles, dark to light and serious to playful. Peter Warlock's "The Full Heart" gives an eerie cast to Robert Nichols' poem of passion for nighttime tranquillity. David Conte's "Hosanna" is at once meditative and triumphant, while Aaron Jay Kernis' "Effortlessly Love Flows" celebrates a vision of God's love for man with progressively building, fast-paced motifs. On the lighter side, the program also includes Stephen Smith's Quebecois folk song setting "A la claire fontaine" and Paul Crabtree's wry yet heartfelt "Five Romantic Miniatures from The Simpsons." And in keeping with a longtime IOCSF tradition, we include Huang Ruo's "Without Words" which was chosen as audience favorite last season.
Finally, this season features the premiere of "Into the Golden Vessel of Great Song" by IOCSF's 2015-2016 Composer-in-Residence, Nicholas Weininger. Mr. Weininger has sung with IOCSF since 2007 and has had several previous works premiered by IOCSF. This newest work is a rhythmically and chromatically adventurous setting of an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem reflecting on the power of erotic passion, the strength of love, and the value of enduring longing.
"This program exemplifies the incredible emotional range and power of contemporary choral music," said Zane Fiala, Artistic Director of IOCSF. "With these passionate songs, IOCSF will illustrate for our audience the depth of our own passion for choral singing."