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Carmina Burana

November 20, 21, 22, 2015

Carl Orff’s enchanting Carmina Burana, one of the blockbusters of the 20th century choral repertoire, kicks off our 2015-16 concert season. Taken from a 13th century manuscript discovered in a cave in the late 19th century, the often bawdy text—a set of 24 medieval secular poems about spring, tavern life, and love—describes life and the fate of people in the Middle Ages. After the initial success of the work, the composer authorized a “chamber” version for groups such as ours, employing two pianos and four percussionists in place of the full orchestra. That’s the second half of the concert.

In the first half of the concert, the BCG chorus, with piano, soprano and alto soloists, will sing Gloria, by the late Peter Hallock, longtime organist and choirmaster at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The Ragazzi Boy’s Chorus, the boys chorus for Carmina, will follow with a set of their own. Ragazzi for those of you who may not know, is the Bay Area’s premiere boys chorus, an internationally recognized group with nearly 30 years of experience.

In addition to Ragazzi, we have a stellar group of soloists and instrumentalists joining us for this concert. Nikolas Nackley, Carmina baritone soloist, lives in San Francisco and is much in demand for his work on the concert and operatic stage in the Bay Area and beyond. Vai Rangarajan, Carmina soprano soloist, is a member of the BCG chorus and solos regularly in our concerts. Other BCG members are soloing in the Gloria: soprano Amy Worden and alto Allie Leeper.

Our pianists for Carmina and Gloria are Tim Getz and Duane Soubirous. Tim is BCG’s regular accompanist, a concert pianist and the Director of Music Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. Pianist and organist Duane Soubirous studied with Angela Kraft Cross, and is a senior at Oberlin College.

The percussion section is headed by Kent Reed, a percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras as well as Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and Symphony Silicon Valley. He will be joined by his son, Henry Reed, as well as Patrick McCaffrey and Connor Carroll.

Read more about our performers in this blog entry.

Read the program notes by artistic director Sanford Dole.

Friday, November 20, 8:00pm
1675 Winchester Blvd.
Palo Alto
Saturday, November 21, 8:00pm
305 North California Av
San Francisco
Sunday, November 22, 4:30pm
500 De Haro St.


Coming up later in our 2015-2016 Season…


March 11, 12, 13, 2016 in Campbell, San Francisco, Palo Alto

Mozart‘s final masterpiece, in collaboration with Peninsula-based New Millennium Chamber Orchestra, directed by James Richard Frieman. The program will also include BCG Artistic Director Sanford Dole’s setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ God’s Grandeur for alto and orchestra.

Dutch Masters, New and Old

June 10, 11, 12, 2016 in Campbell, San Francisco, Palo Alto

Our season concludes with a set of a cappella compositions from the Netherlands and Belgium, featuring the brilliant counterpoint of Renaissance masters Jan Sweelinck and Josquin des Prez. The concert will also include 20th-century works by Henk Badings and Jurriaan Andriessen and the U.S. premieres of more recent scores from the region.

Performance Venues:

Campbell United Methodist Church • 1675 Winchester Boulevard, Campbell
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church • 500 DeHaro Street, San Francisco (Nov, June)
First Unitarian Universalist Church • Franklin and Geary, San Francisco (March)
First Baptist Church • 305 North California Av, Palo Alto (November)
First United Methodist Church • Hamilton and Webster, Palo Alto (March)
All Saints Episcopal Church • 555 Waverley St, Palo Alto (June)