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International Orange Chorale Re-Set

The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) will present “Re-Set: New Takes on Old Texts” on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco.

The concert features a selection of 20th and 21st century choral pieces from composers including Ola Gjeilo, Frank LaRocca, James MacMillan, Frank Martin, Brian Schmidt, Urmas Sisask, Nicholas Weininger, Eric Whitacre, and David Wikander, as well as the world premiere of “Te puse collares” by IOCSF’s 2019 Composer-in-Residence, Robin Estrada. In addition, IOCSF will celebrate our fifteenth anniversary with a gala celebration on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St, San Francisco.

This season’s world premiere, Robin Estrada’s “Te puse collares,” exemplifies IOCSF’s commitment to adventurous new music. Robin has written a piece using only a single pitch class, allowing no use of melodic variation to provide musical form. Instead, the piece skillfully weaves different vocal colors, vowels, dynamic changes, and articulations to produce a dramatic emotional expression of an excerpt from Federico Garcia Lorca’s anguished, surrealistic love poem “Aire de nocturno.”

The other pieces on the program share the aim of making old texts new through the use of contemporary compositional idioms. The results range from the sweet consolations of Ola Gjeilo’s “Ubi caritas” and Brian Schmidt’s “Lux aeterna,” to the force and drama of James MacMillan’s “Data est mihi omnes potestas” and Urmas Sisask’s “Benedictio,” to the lushness and awe of Frank LaRocca’s “O magnum mysterium” and Eric Whitacre’s “Go, Lovely Rose.” From Frank Martin’s monumental, masterly Mass for Double Choir we have chosen the “Gloria,” which blends classic imitative counterpoint with thoroughly modern tonal and metrical sensibility. Two of our selected pieces are old IOCSF favorites: David Wikander’s “Kung Liljekonvalje,” an elegiac and heartfelt setting of Gustav Froding’s neo-medievalist poem about a sorrowful king, and Nicholas Weininger’s “Rise up, my love, my fair one,” setting joyful springtime verses from the Song of Solomon in the original Hebrew.

This season also marks our fifteenth anniversary. Our gala celebration at St. Matthew’s Lutheran on Sunday, June 9, will include a silent auction, a selection of light refreshments, and a brief performance by the ensemble.

“This season represents both a look back at a glorious heritage and a look forward to an exciting, innovative future,” said Zane Fiala, IOCSF’s Artistic Director. “As we celebrate fifteen years of IOCSF, we continue to build on our traditions with music from the past hundred years drawing on texts from the past 2000 years.”

Additional Dates:
Sat June 8, 2019 7:30pm
Christ Church Berkeley


Robin Estrada (Composer in Residence)

Te puse collares (world premiere)

Ola Gjeilo

Ubi caritas

Urmas Sisask


Eric Whitacre

Go, Lovely Rose

Frank Martin

Gloria from Mass for Double Choir


Zane Fiala

Artistic Director and Conductor

Paul Kim

The ensemble's former music director


Founding Artistic Director and Current Director of New Music

Elizabeth Kimble

Assistant Conductor