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Bay Choral Guild Publicity Material

2014-2015: Our 36th Season!

Ein deutsches Requiem Concert Previews

Classical Music Examiner, Nov. 1, 2014

Two concert seasons will begin at the end of this month.— Preview by Stephen Smoliar, San Francisco Classical Music Examiner.

San Francisco Classical Voice, Nov. 18, 2014

Brahms’ German Requiem on Tour.— Preview by Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice.

Palo Alto Weekly, Nov. 21, 2014

A choristers’ piece. Bay Choral Guild performs Brahms’ ‘German Requiem’ without an orchestra. — Preview by Janet Silver Ghent, Palo Alto Weekly.


Previous Concert Articles, Reviews

Classical Music Examiner, March 2012

Bay Choral Guild Sings Universal Psalms.— Review by Beeri Moalem, San Jose Classical Music Examiner, of March, 2012 Psalms of David concert.

SF Classical Music Examiner, December, 2011

Bay Choral Guild’s Festive Christmas Concert. — Review by Stephen Smoliar of December, 2011 BCG concert which included C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat and J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I and VI. The BCG chorus was joined by four stellar vocal soloists and the wonderful Jubilate Baroque Orchestra.

“Sanford Dole, who is also Music Director at St. Gregory, has a firm command of the repertoire of sacred music; and his collaboration with Jubilate, a period instrument ensemble, made for an effective historically informed performance. However, respect for musicology was secondary to the rich and secure sounds of Dole’s BCG voices, particularly in this context of engaging with a full orchestra. “

SF Classical Music Examiner, June 2011

The Bay Choral Guild celebrates the celebration of the mass — Review by Stephen Smoliar of June, 2011 BCG concert which included three mass settings by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francis Poulenc and Josef Rheinberger

“This Victoria setting offers a balance between full chorus and reduced collections of soloists for particularly significant text passages. Dole’s interpretation captured that spirit of sacred music that made the sixteenth century so memorable; and his Victoria selection was a first-rate representative.”

Guerrilla Scholar (blogger), March 2011

Bay Choral Guild’s Pacific Passions — Review of BCG’s March 2011 concert.

Palo Alto Weekly, March 2011

That West Coast Sound: Choral Concert Highlights California, Washington ComposersPDF — A preview of BCG’s March 2011 concert, by Rebecca Wallace, Arts and Entertainment Editor.
Photo by Veronica Weber, Palo Alto Weekly Photographer

SF Classical Music Examiner, June 2010

The intimate chorus — Review by Stephen Smoliar of BCG concert “Peace and Love”

“Most important, however, was the clarity of the text and the clear commitment to that text that was so obvious in the execution by the performers. This is an ensemble that clearly takes both its music and its texts very seriously and is therefore well equipped to take on major themes like peace and love without either sentimentalizing or trivializing them, and we can all benefit from more performances with this level of attention.”

Palo Alto Weekly, November 2008

Bay Choral Guild has new name, global viewpoint — Article by Rebecca Wallace, Arts and Entertainment Editor, written after interviewing artistic director Sanford Dole during preparations for the December 2008 concert, “An Orthodox Christmas.”

Comments from our audience members

December 2008 Concert, “An Orthodox Christmas”—deeply moving music from Russia and Eastern Europe:

“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…”

“Just wanted to let all you know that all of my friends, family and others came away with nothing but praise for our performance yesterday. The favorite was “Otche Nash”, hands down. Got many compliments on the diction and pronunciation….people were impressed!”

“Julie and I both enjoyed it quite a bit. Despite not comprising traditional ‘Christmas carols’ the concert had a feeling of joyousness and celebration just right for the season. You clearly were having fun, too.”