Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Aug 12 2017 7:00 PM

Mission Dolores Basilica
3321 16th St., San Francisco CA 94114

San Francisco Lyric Chorus SUMMER OF LOVE concert at Mission Dolores

Music Director Robert Gurney
David Hatt, piano and organ

Eric Whitacre Sainte-Chapelle • Glow • Lux Nova

Ola Gjeilo Northern Lights • The Ground

Eriks Esenvalds Stars

Giuseppe Verdi Four Sacred Pieces

Tickets: $20 / $18 Seniors (at door)
Free to students (under 18 or with ID)
Please, no children under 5

Eric Whitacre (1970- ) is one of the most popular contemporary American choral composers. A chameleon, he composes in a variety of styles. This summer, we have chosen three of his compositions that deal with light and with the celestial. Sainte-Chapelle is a poem about a young girl entering a chapel and hearing the angels in the stained glass windows sing to her, as a celestial light comes through the windows and bathes her and the chapel in brilliant colors. Glow is about the falling snow and beautiful light of winter. Lux Nova refers to winter and to the golden light when angels sing to the newborn babe.

Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (1978- ) creates music mystical and contemplative. His Northern Lights expresses the beauty and mystery of the aurora borealis. His lyrical composition The Ground (from his Sunrise Mass) is a perfect example of his sense of harmony and melody.

Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds' (1977- ) compositions shimmer! His choral work, Stars, is an ethereal setting of a Sara Teasdale text about looking up at the night sky and seeing a heaven full of stars.

Giuseppe Verdi's (1813-1901)Four Sacred Pieces include the double chorus Te Deum, a hymn of praise published in 1895-1896, is an array of textures including the soft and lyrical, strident and powerful, unaccompanied and accompanied, vocal and instrumental, with great contrasts in mood and passion.

Cost: $20 general/$18 seniors