Volti: New Choral Music Concerts in San Francisco Area Nov 5/6/7
Date: October 30, 2010
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Volti -- Robert Geary's professional 20-voice SATB contemporary music choir -- announces concerts this weekend featuring the music of Louis Andriessen, Kirke Mechem, Tom Flaherty, David Lipten and Frank Stemper.
Friday Nov 5, 8 PM, Mt. Tamalpais UMC, 410 Sycamore, Mill Valley
*Saturday Nov 6, 8 PM, First Presbyterian, 2619 Broadway, Oakland
Sunday Nov 7, 4 PM, Walt Disney Family Museum, Special Exhibition Hall, on the Presidio in San Francisco
Tickets range from $10 for students to $30 for adult general admission at the door, with a $20 top ticket price at the Disney Museum concert in SF.
* Saturday night ONLY, Volti will be joined by 100 high school student singers from our Choral Institute. Choirs from Acalanes HS in Lafayette, Head-Royce School in Oakland, Ecco from the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, and the San Francisco School of the Arts spent an intensive weekend in October at a retreat working on Kirke Mechem's "Five Centuries of Spring," with Mechem himself in residence for coaching and mentoring. Saturday night the choirs reconvene to perform the song cycle. Kirke Mechem will attend, and will engage in a conversation with the audience, conductors and students, led by Bob Geary.
Other music on the program includes Louis Andriessen's 1990 tour de force "Flora Tristan." Rarely performed because of its difficulty and ferocity, this is the West Coast premiere of this 17-minute piece and we believe the only time it has been performed in the U.S. since a 1993 performance in New York. We also premiere a commission from Tom Flaherty (settings of five Stephen Crane poems), and round off the program with music of David Lipten (E.E. Cummings poems) and Frank Stemper ("A Brief Message" from the late Senator Paul Simon).