The Boar's Head Festival - Jan 15 & 16 - San Francisco Bay Area
Event Date: January 5, 2011
Posted: January 6, 2011
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
THE BOAR'S HEAD FESTIVAL - JANUARY 15 & 16 - Music for Twelfth Night
San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director) is joined by Phantom of the Opera's Susan Gundunas, soprano and Broceliande's Margaret Davis, Celtic harp for the Boar's Head Festival - a celebration of Twelfth Night featuring the music of traditional through contemporary England including works by Parry, Willcocks, Britten, Wishart and Tallis. After the concerts our audiences will enjoy a feast of roast pork pie, king's cake and wassail.
The festival we know today originated at Queen's College, Oxford, England in 1340. Legend has it that a scholar was studying a book of Aristotle while walking through the forest on his way to Midnight Mass. Suddenly, he was confronted by an angry wild boar. Having no other weapon, he thrust his metal-bound book down the throat of the charging animal, whereupon the brute choked to death. That night the boar's head, finely dressed and garnished, was borne in procession to the dining room, accompanied by carolers singing "in honor of the King of bliss."
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Assistant Director), with guest artists Susan Gundunas, soprano and Margaret Davis, Celtic harp