Past Seasons with the Bay Choral Guild

The 2018-2019 season:

The Divine Liturgy, March 8, 9, 10, 2019

Two masterpieces of 20th-century Russian choral music: Alfred Schnittke’s Choir concerto and selections from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Handel and Haydn Festival, November 16, 17, 18, 2018

The triumphant sounds of trumpets, strings, and soloists in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, with Jubilate Orchestra

The 2017-2018 season:

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An English Garden, June 8, 9, 10, 2018

A cappella treasures from the English choral tradition, featuring Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd and Requiem by Herbert Howells.

St. John Passion, March 16, 17, 18, 2018

J. S. Bach’s vivid and dramatic portrayal of the passion of Christ, accompanied by the Jubilate Orchestra and a cast of the Bay Area’s finest vocal soloists.

Messyah, December 8, 9, 10, 2017

English composer Paul Ayres’s “rewrite” of Handel’s Messiah.

The 2016-2017 season:

400 Years of Shakespeare, June 2, 3, 4, 2017

A survey of a cappella settings of Shakespeare’s famous words by composers from the Baroque to the present.

Songs of Isaiah, March 3, 4, 5, 2017

World premiere of Sanford Dole’s Songs of Isaiah for chorus, string orchestra, and harp. Major work: Stabat Mater by Paul Mealor, for the same forces. Also music of J.S. Bach, Francisco Durante, and Cecilia McDowall.

Christmas Jubilations, December 2, 3, 4, 2016

A holiday program accompanied by Frequency 49 wind quintet, featuring Daniel Pinkham’s rarely-heard Christmas Jubilations and the world premiere of a BCG commission, Missa Brevis for the Refugees of War by Henry Mollicone.

The 2015-2016 season:

Dutch Masters, June 10, 11, 12, 2016

A program of a capella music from the Netherlands, featuring the art of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and a sampling of 19th- and 20th-century composers.

Requiem, March 11, 12, 13, 2016

Mozart’s final masterpiece, in the completion by Robert D. Levin. Also Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region and Beethoven’s overture to The Creatures of Prometheus. A collaboration with New Millennium Chamber Orchestra.

Carmina Burana, November 20, 21, 22, 2015

Orff’s blockbuster on medieval secular poems in its chamber version for two pianos and percussion. Also Peter Hallock’s Gloria.

The 2014-2015 season:

The Natural World, June 5, 6, 7, 2015

A mostly secular concert on themes of Flora, Aqua, and Fauna. Centerpiece was Sanford Dole’s Water: Making Everything New.

Music for Holy Week, March 13, 14, 15, 2015

A mix of sacred a capella music over the centuries programmed to complement the events of Holy Week.

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Nov 21, 22, 23, 2014

Brahms’ choral masterpiece in a chamber setting, using the
piano four-hands arrangement the composer himself prepared for its first British performance.

The 2013-2014 season:

Poet’s Corner, Jun 6, 7, 8, 2014

Modern a capella settings of the world‘s great poetry.

Mozart Festival, Feb 28, Mar 1, 2, 2014

Three works for chorus and orchestra from Mozart’s 1779–80 Salzburg period.

A Renaissance Christmas, December 6, 7, 8, 2013

Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa O magnum mysterium and polychoral motets by other masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

The 2012-2013 season: “Discoveries and Classics”

Our American Heritage, June 7, 8, 9, 2013

A tour of American classical music from colonial times to the present, and a sampling from the American popular genres.

Pilgrimage, March 15, 16, 17, 2013

The U.S. premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s To the Field of Stars and motets by Bach, Brahms, Bortniansky, Rheinberger, and Victoria.

Christmas Majesty, Dec 7, 8, 9, 2012

Contemporary settings of the Great “O” Antiphons, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Ola Gjeilo’s Serenity, and three new carol settings by Stephen Paulus.

The 2011-2012 season:

All-Night Vigil, June 8, 9, 10, 2012

Rachmaninov’s magnificent All-Night Vigil

Psalms of David, March 9, 10, 11, 2012

An a cappella survey of psalm settings over the centuries.

Weihnachtsfest, December 9, 10, 2011

Festive music from the Bach family, with soloists and the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra of period instruments.

The 2010-2011 Season: “Celebrating the Art of Unaccompanied Singing”

A Festival of Masses, June 3, 4, 5, 2011

Three masses from three centuries, plus a lively Estonian benediction.

Pacific Passions: Music by West Coast Composers, March 18, 19, 20, 2011

A program of music from living composers of the West Coast, including three world premieres.

Christmas: Then and Now, December 10, 11, 12, 2010

Medieval and Renaissance carols and motets; Modern works by Tavener, Busto, Lauridsen, Martland, Dole; Carol arrangements by the Bay Area’s own Ken Malucelli.

More to come…Ceremony of Carols