Serenade, a chamber choir directed by Dr. Bryan Baker and associated with the Masterworks Chorale, will present the world premiere of “BE NEAR ME,” my SATB setting of a poem by Alfred Tennyson, on Saturday, June 10, in San Francisco. Also on the program will be ten additional new choral works by living composers: Adrienne Albert, John Beeman, John Bilotta, Monica Chew, I’lana Cotton, Peter Deutsch, Brian Field, Mary Fineman, Nancie Kester and Sheli Nan.
The concert will be performed before a live audience on Saturday, June 10, 2023, 8:00pm, at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Tickets to attend the concert in person are $25 and may be purchased at the door or online at https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/
The concert will be live-streamed simultaneously and may be viewed with a suggested donation of $20 in advance online at https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/
The text for Be Near Me is Canto 50 from the poem In Memoriam A.H.H. by the British Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson (1809 -1892). Published in 1850, the poem is an extended requiem for the poet’s beloved friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1833, age 22. It is considered one of the greatest poems of the 19th Century and was reported to be a great favorite of Queen Victoria.
A score video, with recording by Sarah Brailey & Matthew Curtis of Choral Tracks, my be viewed here: https://youtu.be/eWIjaUIJlnU.