(Ch)oral Argument - Volti concerts May 17 & 18 in San Francisco and Berkeley
Date: May 10, 2014
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Volti -- San Francisco's leading-edge contemporary music chamber chorus – finishes up its 35th Anniversary Season singing world premieres from three of America's finest composers. Robert Geary conducts this 20-voice professional mixed-voice ensemble.
Saturday May 17, 2014 Sunday May 18, 2014
8:00 PM 4:00 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church The Marsh Arts Center
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco 2120 Allston, Berkeley
Tickets $10 - $30: Tickets@VoltiSF.org
“Can a corporation be human? If a corporation is a human, where does that leave you and me? Are we just machines?” These are the questions Ted Hearne is asking in “Sound from the Bench,” a major new cantata co-commissioned by Volti and The Crossing in Philadelphia. The San Francisco Symphony has just named Hearne its New Voices composer for 2014/15 -- hear him here first as Volti sings the World Premiere of “Sound from the Bench.”
Working with poet Jena Osman, Hearne muses on the nature of human speech, using poetry taken from the Citizens United oral argument before the Supreme Court. Guitarists Taylor Levine and James Moore and percussionist Ron Wiltrout join Volti in a rare departure from a cappella, carrying out the human/non-human theme -- the singers are using the most natural instrument there is, while the guitars are harnessing currents and circuits to make what is essentially electronic music.
"The Oath of Allegiance" -- the pledge that is taken by all new citizens of the United States -- makes Australian-born Melissa Dunphy, the daughter of a Greek father and a Chinese mother, think about what it means to be a US citizen. World Premiere, Volti Commission.
We finish our 35th season with a look back, singing "Winging Wildly" -- an extraordinarily beautiful and passionate three-song set from San Francisco’s own "dean of American choral composers," co-commissioned by Volti when we were The San Francisco Chamber Singers back in the 1990s. We recorded it in 2004 on our 25th Anniversary “Live” CD; hear an excerpt here.
"We Can Sing That!" -- a lighthearted tribute to what a chorus can do!
World premiere of SATB arrangement, Volti commission.