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
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
WHAT: The Boar's Head Festival - Music for Twelfth Night featuring the traditional through contemporary music of England including works by Parry, Britten, Wishart and Tallis
NOTE: Two Concerts
1) Saturday, January 15 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
2) Sunday, January 16 - 4:00 pm - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
TICKETS: $25 general, $20 student/senior, at the door or on-line at: www.SFRV.org
are Artists-in-Residence with Seventh Avenue Performances (San Francisco) and made their debut in 2004 with a sold-out performance of Victoria's Requiem
. Under the leadership of Todd Jolly, Music Director and Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director, the group has consistently earned praise for our "gossamer sound ... a sound something akin to spiritual levitation"
as well as recognition for our imaginative programming and lauded as "a standout within the crowded field of Bay Area early music ensembles"
by San Francisco Classical Voice
(July 2009). We are dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella
choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon and have been featured by such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, USA Today
and the national magazine Early Music America
, among others. Most recently, San Francisco Renaissance Voices
was selected as "Best Classical Music"
for 2010 by SFWeekly.