Welcome to the Bay Choral Guild

The Bay Choral Guild is a 40-voice, auditioned chorus based in Palo Alto with singers from around the Bay Area. BCG's outstanding musical ensemble and rich repertoire are the foundation for innovative programs that bring works together in new and unusual ways. Our concerts offer both audiences and singers the opportunity to enjoy fresh and exciting choral music experiences, and balance enjoyment of the music with new insight and understanding.

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Our audiences say

"Pro-level singing ensemble. Was like listening to KDFC-FM, but with the people actually in the same room. I kept waiting to hear Hoyt Smith intone, "That was the Bay Choral Guild... performing..."

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June 6, Campbell     June 7, San Francisco     June 8, Palo Alto

Our “Poet’s Corner” concert explores a collection of contemporary settings of the world’s great poetry. Featured works include Paul Hindemith’s Six Chansons, with texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, and Verses from the Rubáiyát by Emma Lou Diemer, a song cycle of five verses from Omar Khayyám. Beautifully expressive settings of poems by e. e. cummings, Sara Teasdale, William Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay and William Blake will be presented in the music of the Swedish composer, Nils Lindberg, and Americans, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Stacy Garrop, Lloyd Pfautsch and Nancy Wertsch. The Bay Area will be represented by Michael Kaulkin in his setting of Emily Dickinson’s Are Friends Delight or Pain? and our own Sanford Dole’s Invitation to a Voyage, a wonderful setting of Charles Baudelaire’s evocative poetry.

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