The New Music

Caccini’s Le Nuove Musiche was one of the first publications to codify the dazzling vocal ornamentation typically improvised by singers of the pre-Baroque and which paved the way for Monteverdi’s groundbreaking opera L’Orfeo. In the 20th century, Benjamin Britten turned to Renaissance poetry for inspiration for his Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo for voice and piano, setting the texts with innovative compositional techniques that still sound fresh and modern today.

Baritone Sven Edward Olbash and pianist Kevin Korth present a recital of works by these three composers as a benefit for Lacuna Arts.

 

Monday, August 28 at 7 pm (doors at 6:30) at 55 Taylor, San Francisco

 

Choral Encounter with guest Joel Chapman

Lead teaching artist Sven Edward Olbash invites audience members to participate in an immersive, interactive experience including an informal performance by singers from our Chorale Laboratory of Reynaldo Hahn's Chansons et madrigaux, six songs on Renaissance poetry for unaccompanied choir. Based in part on the purpose threads for teaching artistry developed by Lincoln Center Education, our Choral Encounters are designed to deepen engagement with works of art, build community, and identify ways to take an active role in opposing racism, oppression, and social injustice. No experience required! Just an open mind.

Guest teaching artist Joel Chapman is a conductor, bass-baritone, song writer, and creator of Accessibility Update, a Facebook community promoting awareness of the accessibility barriers of people with disabilities around the world.

Friday, October 20 at 7:30 pm at 1117 Market, San Francisco

A benefit for Friends of Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund

Choral Encounter with John Prescott

Join us in participating in an immersive, interactive experience, including an informal performance by singers from our Chorale Laboratory of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's Gartenlieder, six songs for unaccompanied chorus. Designed to deepen engagement with works of art, build community, and identify ways to take an active role in opposing racism, oppression, and social injustice, our Choral Encounters do not require any special arts skills—just an open mind.

Musicologist, harpsichordist, and singer John Prescott received his Ph.D. from U. C. Berkeley and wrote his doctoral dissertation on John Stanley, the 18th-century blind organist, conductor, violinist and impresario. Dr. Prescott gives pre-concert lectures through the Bay Area and has been teaching for Elderhostel and the Osher LifeLong Learning Institutes since 2000.

Sunday, October 22 at 4:00 pm at 1117 Market, San Francisco

A benefit for Friends of Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund

Winter Madrigals (and a Mass!)

Lacuna Arts Chorale returns to Old First Concerts for the third year in a row with a not-your-average-Christmas-concert program:

Missa Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler
Five Madrigals, Thomas Weelkes
Chansons et madrigaux, Reynaldo Hahn
Three Madrigals, Emma Lou Diemer (pictured)

We are joined by pianist Danny Sullivan.

 

Friday, December 15 at 8 pm at 1751 Sacramento, San Francisco

 

Primavera!

Our May program is bursting with the colors of springtime and the smell of flowers fresh from the garden with choral music from Fanny Mendelssohn's Gartenlieder and Benjamin Britten's Five Flower Songs. EJ Moeran sets texts by Shakespeare in Songs of Springtime, as does Matthew Harris in his "It was a lover and his lass." The program is rounded out by madrigals and part-songs by Carlo Gesualdo and perennial Lacuna Arts favorite Heinrich von Herzogenberg.

 

Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm at 261 Fell, San Francisco