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A Winter's Night: Songs of Evening, Stars, & the Northern Lights

Sacred and Profane

Sacred and Profane A Winter's Night: Songs of Evening, Stars, & the Northern Lights

"Most glorious night! Thou wert not sent for slumber!" -Lord Byron (Childe Harold)

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus celebrate their 40th Anniversary Season, Forty Years of Sacred and Profane with the season-opening A Winter’s Night: Songs of Evening, Stars, and the Northern Lights this December. Under the direction of Rebecca Seeman, Sacred and Profane explores secular themes of winter, light and darkness, and natural phenomena through ethereal choral music.

In addition to presenting canonic works by traditional composers such as Monteverdi, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, and Mendelssohn, Sacred and Profane proudly highlights lesser known 20th and 21st century composers from many countries: Pavel Chesnokov (Russia), Ola Gjeilo (Norway), Karin Rehnqvist and Hugo Alfvén (Sweden), Franck Ticheli and Stacey Gibbs (America), and several works by contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, whose phenomenal, award-winning music has taken the choral community by storm. Works such as his moving Stars for choir and water-tuned wineglasses, among others, create a beautiful and inclusive program that feels spiritual without being religious.

Tickets: $25 in advance. $28 at the door, $10 students
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Saturday, December 9th, 8 PM St. Marks Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth), Berkeley

Other Performances:

Saturday, December 2nd , 8 PM First Presbyterian Church of Alameda
2001 Santa Clara Ave (at Chestnut), Alameda

Sunday, December 10th, 4 PM St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market), San Francisco

About Sacred & Profane
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 18 to 24 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.

Additional Dates:
Sat December 2, 2017 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda
Sun December 10, 2017 4:00pm
St. Francis Lutheran

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