Victoria's "Misa O Quam Gloriosum" this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley!
Date: October 26, 2012
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Don Scott Carpenter, Guest Conductor)
WHAT: Misa O Quam Gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) and other music by Trombetti, Byrd and Esquivel
WHEN/WHERE (NOTE - 2 concerts):
Saturday, October 27 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28 - 7:30 pm - Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
San Francisco Renaissance Voices annual Office of the Dead Concert this year commemorates All Saints Day with a performance of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s (1548-1611) hauntingly beautiful Misa O Quam Gloriosum (O How Glorious is the Kingdom Mass) including his motet of the same name upon which the mass is based with other music by Trombetti, Byrd, Esquivel and others. Unlike his more prolific contemporaries Victoria focused on composing music that was liturgical and devotional. This parody mass, written in the mixolydian mode, perfectly illustrates this and is considered one of his best being described by the British musicologist Donald Tovey as "one of the most perfect ever written." We are delighted to be joined by guest conductor Don Scott Carpenter of American Bach Soloists.
Don Scott Carpenter is the Executive Director of American Bach Soloists and Organist/Conductor of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in San Francisco. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he was General Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Santa Fe) and Artistic/Executive Director of the Louisville Youth Choir, Music Director of the Temple Adath Israel B’rith Shalom and Organist/Music Director at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville. He has also been on the faculties of Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville. He holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville School of Music as well as the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance.
Mr. Carpenter’s choirs have been heard throughout the United States and Europe including performances at the Dom in Salzburg, Votivkirche in Vienna, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has prepared choruses for world premiere performances of operas based on the lives of Kentuckians Muhammad Ali, Helen Thomas, and Dian Fosse in partnership with Kentucky Opera, prepared the chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and for the touring Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and commissioned and conducted the world premiere of Then Sing by Daniel Gilliam for treble and mixed chorus and orchestra based on text of William Wordsworth. He has served as adjudicator of large ensemble choral contests and appears as a guest conductor throughout the United States. Shalom, his debut album recorded live in performance with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, can be heard on the White Tie label.
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.