MUSIC: Concerts with Sacred & Profane in Berkeley and San Francisco

Sacred & Profane celebrates poetry and Lou Harrison centenary with world premiere in collaboration with the East Bay ensemble Thingamajigs.

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus concludes their 39th Season, Waxing Poetic: A Celebration of Poetry with the upcoming concert In Love with Language this May. Under the direction of Rebecca Seeman, Sacred and Profane explores the poetry of William Blake, Robert Frost, Christina Rosetti, Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer (1931 2015), and Lou Harrison through choral music.

In addition to music by Swedish composer Jan Sandström, Belgian Rudi Tas and the ensemble’s own Will Raymer, this concert commemorates the legacy of renowned Bay Area composer Lou Harrison with his Mass for St. Cecilia’s Day, and world premiere of On Bill’s Return from the Mountains, inspired by Harrison’s poem for his late partner, Bill Colvig. In collaboration with the East Bay ensemble Thingamajigs, Sacred and Profane presents this new work by Edward Schocker in the style of Lou’s compositions for choir. This performance coincides with Lou’s 100th birthday on May 14, 2017.

When & where:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley

San Francisco
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 4 pm
St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Tickets: $25 online, $28 at the door, $15 students

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About Sacred and 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.