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A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers

Sacred and Profane

Sacred and Profane A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers

“What do I fear? I am a part of infinity,
I am a part of the great power of the universe,
A single world within a million worlds,
A star of the first magnitude
Which is the last to be extinguished.
Triumph to live, Triumph to breathe, Triumph to exist!”

—Edith Södergran

Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus conclude their 41st season, Elemental Forces with the upcoming concert series A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers this May. Under the direction of Rebecca Seeman, celebrating her 15th Anniversary as Artistic Director of the ensemble, Sacred and Profane explores the powerful and exciting repertoire composed by contemporary women that remains underrepresented in traditional concert programming.

With music that highlights expressive sensibilities, feminist themes, and diverse influences, Sacred and Profane will perform works all by living and working female composers, with exception for the original feminist composer: 11th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Also on the program is Quilt Songs, a collection of pieces inspired by quilts and composed by Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, and Carol Barnett; and works by Tina Andersson, Alissa Firsova, and Caroline Mallonée. The triumphant conclusion is a setting of Edith Södergran’s feminist poem Triumf att finnas till by Swedish composer, Karin Rehnqvist. These works showcase the resilient spirit of femininity and celebrate the impressive talent of women in music through the choral arts from the local to international level.

Performances:
Saturday May 18, 2018 | 8 pm – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Sunday May 19, 2018 | 4 pm – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley

Tickets: $25 online, $28 at the door; $10 students
Tickets and information: www.sacredprofane.org/contemporary-women-composers

About Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus
Founded in 1977, Sacred and Profane is a chamber chorus that performs a wide variety of a cappella choral music. Concert repertoire includes sacred and secular works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, drawing from classical, ethnic and folk traditions. The chamber chorus aims to provide an inspiring and educational experience for audiences and chorus members through innovative programming, intensive preparation and high quality performances. Sacred and Profane is composed of 24 to 32 singers (SATB), each bringing a high level of experience and musicianship to the chorus. It is supported in part by generous grants from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission and the Alameda County Arts Commission. www.sacredprofane.org

Additional Dates:
Sat May 18, 2019 8:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

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