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Ein Deutsches Requiem

November 21, 22, 23, 2014

Our November concert, Ein deutsches Requiem, showcases Johannes Brahms’ choral masterpiece, one of the great musical pillars of the 19th Century, but in a way you may not have heard before—a chamber setting! We’ll be using the piano four-hands arrangement that Brahms himself prepared for the first British performance of this masterwork. Without the giant orchestra, we’re excited about the new opportunities for clarity, nuance, and flexibility. We hope you agree.

We are very pleased to welcome two wonderful soloists, Jennifer Ashworth, soprano and Ben Kazez, baritone. Both are are both popular, highly respected members of the Bay Area music community.

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Jennifer sings opera and operetta with Berkeley Opera, Festival Opera, San Jose Lyric, Pocket Opera, Oakland Opera and Lamplighters Music Theatre and is a member of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale. Ben is a soloist with American Bach Soloists, Masterworks Chorale, Peninsula Symphony, San Francisco City Chorus, and Soli Deo Gloria. He has also sung with Chanticleer alumni in Clerestory.

Read the program notes by artistic director Sanford Dole.

Join us for a preview lecture a half hour before each concert.

Campbell
Friday, November 21, 8:00pm
1675 Winchester Blvd.
San Francisco
Saturday, November 22, 8:00pm
500 De Haro St.
Palo Alto
Sunday, November 23, 4:30pm
555 Waverley St (at Hamilton)

Future concerts in our 2014-2015 Season

Music for Holy Week

March 13, 14, 15, 2015

As a prelude to the Easter season, BCG’s March program presents a variety of unaccompanied works from various eras composed for the Christian Church’s most sacred liturgies. Written to be sung on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, our set of a cappella anthems includes pieces by Anton Bruckner, John Tavener and Thomas Weelkes.

The Natural World

June 5, 6, 7, 2015

Our June program features pieces about about roses, summer nights on the water, the blessings of rain, birds and other aspects of  nature, including insects! We’ll sing Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen, The Bluebird by Charles Stanford, To be sung of a summer night on the water by Frederk Delius, Water: Making Everything by Sanford Dole, and, as a finale, Leonard Bernstein’s Make our Garden Grow from Candide. Our all-secular program combines a cappella selections with songs accompanied by piano in a lovely prelude to summer.

NB: In June, the Palo Alto performance will be on Saturday, the San Francisco performance on Sunday.