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.Read more >
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"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..."
A Renaissance Christmas is just around the corner! Sanford Dole, BCG Music Director, has once again developed a wonderful program by combining familiar and unusual Advent, Christmas and Epiphany motets into a thoughtful, moving and intensely musical experience. We choristers are loving his choices and rehearsals are great!
Our featured work, Missa O magnum mysterium, a lovely four-part mass by Tomás Luis de Victoria based on the motet of the same name, is in the Christmas section. Preceding it are polychoral motets by Gabrieli, Hassler, Peter Phillips and Michael Praetorius. The unearthly tonality of Queramus cum pastoribus by Jean Mouton evokes a still night with no moon and shepherds in awe before a magnificent star. The Christmas section also features an amazing soprano duet, In Dulci Jubilo, by two wonderful BCG sopranos. It’s fantastic – you just have to hear it!
Two lovely Epiphany motets finish the program: Videntes Stellam Magi by Orlando Di Lasso, with five voice parts which twine up and down around each other, and Tribus miraculis by Hans Leo Hassler, an exciting celebration of the appearance of the Magi following the star to Bethlehem. Please join us for a sublime introduction to the Holiday season!