Music for Twelfth Night - The Boar's Head Festival - Jan 7 & 8
Date: January 1, 2011
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices under the baton of Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee along with guest artists Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas and Celtic harper Diana Rowan, dancers prepared by choreographer LeAnna Sharp, actors and of course our superb choristers for our second annual Boar's Head Festival.
The Boar's Head Festival has been celebrated over 650 years and qualifies as the most consistently celebrated event of Yuletide. 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, the resourceful Oxonian rammed his metal-bound philosophy 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." During the concert our audiences will get to sing along, and after the concert you will enjoy a buffet feast featuring wassail, king's cake and traditional meat and vegetable pies.
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director) with guest artists Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas and Celtic harper Diana Rowan
WHAT: The Boar's Head Festival featuring the music of Medieval through Contemporary England
WHEN/WHERE (NOTE - 2 Concerts):San Francisco Renaissance Voices 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, San Francisco Examiner, 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.
Saturday, January 7 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, January 8 - 4:00 pm - First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer, Palo Alto
TICKETS: $25 - $30 at the door or on-line at: www.SFRV.org - please note that seating is limited and pre-purchase of tickets is encouraged.