What: Come hear innocence and hope in Benjamin Britten's masterpiece and audience-favorite, "Ceremony of Carols". In true WomenSing fashion, two unexpected pieces, Ko Matushita's Dona Nobis Pacem and Christine Donkin's Magnificat will also be presented.
Where: Chapel, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
When: Wednesday, December 9, at 8 p.m.
Who: WomenSing is an auditioned women's chorus based in the East Bay. Their reputation for excellence draws members from the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Singing with a vibrant and beautifully blended sound, WomenSing programs include both the traditional and unexpected, featuring great landmarks of the treble repertoire in addition to seldom-performed works, commissions from nationally recognized composers, and popular music of all eras.
Ko Matsushita is one of the most sought after choral musicians in Asia. His triple-choir Dona Nobis Pacem literally surrounds you, ever striving upwards - a yearning for peace. This piece, reminiscent of the Venetian multiple-choir school, was written for the International Children Choir Festival in Kyoto, Japan in 2005.
Canadian Christine Donkin scored the Magnificat for ten high voices and soloist. The choral parts form a cloud of sound, emanating and reverberating from the soloist's mantra-like repetitions of the beginning of the text and creating a sense of mystical timelessness.
And finally, in the spirit of the season, we include Emma Lou Diemer's Hope is the thing with feathers. In her setting of two Emily Dickinson poems, Diemer tells the stories of two birds who never give up despite fear and uncertainty.
Tickets and information at: Call 925-974-9169 or visit Women Sing
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