Saturday, June 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Belvedere
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GRAMMY Award-winning Chanticleer concludes its 2018-2019 season with “Sacred Ground” featuring a selection of sacred music ranging from Palestrina to Paul Schoenfield, as well as traditional folk songs and spirituals.
Sacred music has been a foundational part of Chanticleer’s repertoire ever since its founding in 1978. Discussing the theme of the program, Music Director Fred Scott said: “The story of the Church, that amazing historical “edifice” that tries to bring order to the wild and incredibly untamed grace of God, is the story of something built on a rock, we are told. In scripture, that rock is Saint Peter. Not even the forces of Hell can prevail against him. That’s a holy rock embedded in sacred ground.”
The second story in the Bible is the story of a garden with every type of tree, plenty of fresh water, a climate always propitious, fruit and flowers, lettuce and lovage, berries and beetles. Between these images – the solid rock and the overflowing garden – there exists a world of poetry, painting and music both sung and played.
Happiness in the house of the lord is joyfully expressed by Hans Leo Hassler’s Cantate Domino, Jacob Handl’s Duo seraphim, and Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Laetatus sum. In the holy garden, Francisco Guerrero’s Simile est regnum calorum, Charles Wood’s King Jesus Hath a Garden, and John Dunstable’s Descendi in hortum meum are both sacred and sensual. The most sacred ground is the rock which is Peter, depicted in Missa “Tu es Petrus” by Per Luigi da Palestrina. Chanticleer revisits its 1995 co-commission of Four motets in Hebrew by Paul Schoenfeld, while African American spirituals take us to our home in heaven.
Saturday, June 15
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
3 Bayview Avenue
Belvedere, CA, 94920
$10 to $60.
Called ‘the world’s reigning male chorus’ by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based GRAMMY(R) award-winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as ‘an orchestra of voices’ for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition.