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Pilgrimage and Passage - Songs of Yearning

International Orange Chorale

International Orange Chorale Pilgrimage and Passage - Songs of Yearning

Christ Church East Bay, 2138 Cedar St, Berkeley
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

San Francisco – The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) will present “Pilgrimage and Passage: Songs of Yearning” on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church East Bay, 2138 Cedar St, Berkeley. The concert centers on the epic “Path of Miracles: Santiago” by Joby Talbot, and also includes works by Eric Banks, Eriks Esenvalds, J. David Moore, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Nicholas Weininger, as well as a reprise of our audience favorite “Dream Triptych” by our 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Elliott Encarnación.

The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, recipient of the 2011 Chorus America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is devoted to performing both established repertoire and newly commissioned works by promising composers. To date, IOCSF has premiered more than fifty works, including many from composers found within the ensemble and several that have subsequently been published by Santa Barbara Music, G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard.

Admission is free, although donations are welcome. For more information, visit

Notes on the program
The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, has been a Catholic pilgrimage route since the Middle Ages, and today attracts pilgrims of all faiths to its discipline of spiritual renewal. “Santiago”, the fourth movement of the cycle “Path of Miracles” composed by Joby Talbot in 2005, dramatizes the final approach that ends the route, with insistent ostinatos in offset rhythms evoking the perpetual cycle of effort and veneration, contrasted with fanfares that convey the triumph and exhaustion of arrival at Saint James’s shrine in Santiago de Compostela.

Other works on the program bring out the emotions around different varieties of journeying and longing. J. David Moore’s “Annua Gaudia” sets another text in veneration of Saint James as the patron saint of pilgrims, in a marching tempo that gives energy to a long procession. Eric Banks and Eriks Esenvalds’ pieces limn in different ways the search for one’s beloved and the pain of trying to bridge life’s greatest distances; in Banks’ “The Last Outpost” undulating figures paint waves on which a voyaging narrator is borne away from home and love across vast oceans, while Esenvalds’ “Long Road” combines joy in a lifetime love with sorrow at the shortness of life and the finality of death’s separation. Rautavaara’s “Lähtö” sets a poem by Toivo Pekkanen whose narrator imagines himself riding the “golden horse of faith” above and away from all earthly constraints.

On this program we also reprise an audience favorite work from IOCSF’s 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Elliott Encarnación. “Dream Triptych” sets classic texts of Langston Hughes in a lush, richly textured dreamlike tonal language, bringing to life the poet’s admonition to “Hold fast to dreams.” Finally, Nicholas Weininger, IOCSF’s 2016 Composer-in-Residence, contributes a short new setting of “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”, tying the immigrant experience, with its pain, uncertainty, fear, and relief, to the yearnings of pilgrims and lovers.

“The music on this program is some of the most emotionally expressive we’ve ever performed,” said Zane Fiala, Artistic Director of IOCSF. “Join us to hear how contemporary choral music can bring to life our most intense longings of the heart and spirit.”

About the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
Recipient of the 2011 Chorus America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF), led by Artistic Director Zane Fiala, was founded in 2003. Named after the color of the Golden Gate Bridge, the International Orange Chorale is an auditioned volunteer-based chamber choir devoted to performing established repertoire of all periods, with particular attention to contemporary music including newly commissioned works by promising composers. IOCSF has performed world premieres of more than forty choral works by composers including David Conte, Nico Muhly, and Caroline Shaw, and has also presented regional premieres of works including Milton Babbitt’s Music for the Mass, Thomas Ades’ Fayrfax Carol and the 2008 revision of Jake Heggie’s Faith Disquiet. IOCSF has collaborated with Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao, Jake Heggie, and Nicolle Foland; appeared as part of the Noontime Concert Series at Old St. Mary’s Church and the Noe Valley Chamber Music Series in San Francisco; performed in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club at Grace Cathedral; participated in the Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland; premiered several commissioned works for the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge; and served as a Featured Ensemble, giving both performances and master classes, at the Chorus America National Conference. Since its inception, the group has been committed to performing free concerts featuring challenging and imaginative a cappella choral programming.

About Zane Fiala, Artistic Director, International Orange Chorale
Zane Fiala has been a member of IOCSF since 2007 and was named Artistic Director in 2009. During his time with the chorale, Mr. Fiala has collaborated on concerts and new works with composers including Jake Heggie, David Conte, Joseph Gregorio, Robin Estrada, Dominick DiOrio, Shaffer McGee, and Nico Muhly. In 2010, Mr. Fiala conducted IOCSF in the west coast premiere (and first ever unaccompanied performance) of Milton Babbitt's ‘Music for the Mass’. As director for IOCSF, Mr. Fiala has also conducted a performance with the Yale Glee Club and has worked with guest clinicians including Ragnar Bohlin, Joseph Jennings, Ian Robertson, Magen Solomon, Joshua Habermann, and Vance George. His work with the ensemble has led to the premieres of dozens of compositions including his own Es la mañana llena and Cosmos. Mr. Fiala received his M.A. in Choral Conducting from San Francisco State University where he studied with Joshua Habermann (Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Dallas Symphony Chorus), and his B.A. in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago.

Additional Dates:
Sat June 16, 2018 7:30pm
Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco


Joby Talbot

Path of Miracles

David Moore

Annua Gaudia

Eric Banks

The Last Outpost

Eriks Esenvalds

Long Road

Elliott Encarnación

Dream Triptych


Zane Fiala