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40th Anniversary Season Package, 2017-2018
Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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40th Anniversary Season Package, 2017-2018
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2017-2018 40th Anniversary Season: Forty Years of Sacred and Profane.
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The Night Sky: Secular Songs of Stars, the Northern Lights, and the Evening

Fly into Sacred and Profanes 40th season with a secular holiday concert about the night sky. This ethereal program will feature music by Monteverdi, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Alfvén. We will also sing works by several contemporary composers, including Steven Stucky and Stacey Gibbs from the United States, Ola Gjeilo from Norway, and Karin Rehnqvist from Sweden. We are especially excited about riks Eenvalds, the young Latvian composer who has taken the choral world by storm, and we will be performing his moving 'Stars' for choir and water-tuned wineglasses, in addition to other great works.

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

Saturday, December 9th, 8 PM  St. Marks Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sunday, December 10th, 4 PM St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street, San Francisco


Sacred German Masterpieces

German composers have given us one of the most significant bodies of Christian sacred music, from the brilliance of J.S. Bach and his family, through Mozart, Brahms, and beyond. We will sing Bach's motet 'Sei Lob und Pres mit Ehren',  which was falsely attributed to another composer for centuries; and Brahms' motet 'Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen', considered his greatest sacred a cappella work. We are also thrilled to present Hugo Distler's dramatic 'Totentanz', a passion play in which Death spars with his victims, and we are excited to include American Conservatory Theater actor Paul Finocchiaro performing the part of Death. This grand program will also feature Clytus Gottwald's arrangement for 16-voice choir of Mahler's Rückert Lieder, no. 3: 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen', one of the composer's most moving works for voice and orchestra.

Saturday, March 10th, 8 PM  St Marks Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sunday, March 11th, 4 PM  St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco
152 Church Street, San Francisco


Sacred and Profanes 40th Anniversary Concert

Celebrate Sacred and Profane's fortieth year of bringing exquisite concerts to the Bay Area with a program of masterpieces for a cappella choir! This concert will feature the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis' 'Curse Upon Iron', a powerful work about the cultivation of iron as a vehicle for both ancient and modern warfare, as well as Arvo Pärt's antiphon for peace, 'Da pacem Domine'. For the first time in many years, we will sing our namesake work Benjamin Britten's 'Sacred and Profane: Eight Medieval Lyrics', the last piece that Britten composed for professional a cappella choir. Finally, we are delighted to conclude our season with the world premiere of a new work commissioned from the compelling Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. Please join us in musical celebration, with a pre-concert talk with Karin and a reception following our Bay Area concerts on the 11th and 12th!

Friday, May 11th, 8 PM   St. Marks Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Saturday, May 12th, 8 PM  St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 OFarrell, San Francisco

Saturday, May 19th, 7 PM  Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road
Gualala, CA 95445


Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley (View)
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Music > Classical

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Cathy W.
San Francisco, CA United States
Nov 27, 2017 11:31 AM
Gwen K.
San Francisco, CA United States
Nov 27, 2017 11:31 AM
Steve K.
San Francisco, CA United States
Nov 27, 2017 11:31 AM
Helen M.
Oakland, CA United States
Oct 12, 2017 12:52 PM
Helen M.
Oakland, CA United States
Oct 12, 2017 12:52 PM

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