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Season Tickets - Night and Day, Here and There
St. Marks' Episcopal church
Berkeley, CA
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WINTERLUDE: Songs of Sleep and Repose

Tuck in for a cozy evening of choral music with Sacred & Profane. Recognizing that winter is often a time of reflection and restoration, our December 2019 concert features sacred and secular music from all eras on the theme of rest and repose. In addition to work by English Renaissance madrigalist John Wilbye, we will celebrate the holiday season with Christmas lullabies by composers from around the world: Herbert Howells (England), Henryk Górecki (Poland), Abbie Betinis (United States), and the world premiere of "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" by Tina Andersson (Sweden). We round out the program with a selection of secular pieces on the theme of sleep. In keeping with our love for Scandinavian music, we will sing Gunnar Erikssons "Norwegian Lullaby" and Jocelyn Hagens arrangement of the dark Icelandic lullaby "Sofu unga ástin mín." We are excited to sing the Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbachs "Lullaby," composed with a unique modal musical voice. We will also perform Sean Crouchs "Lullaby," a setting of a poem about an Afghan father soothing his son to sleep during wartime, and Eric Whitacres "Sleep My Child." Finally, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of Jack Curtis Dubowskys "Sleep."

Saturday, December 7th, 8 PM
St. Marks Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sunday, December 8th, 4 PM
St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco


LUMINOUS RESONANCE: Music for Chorus and Strings

Our March 2020 concerts will feature music for choir and string orchestra, in collaboration with the Bay Area-based Circadian String Quartet and ten additional local string players. This ambitious program will include Beethovens "Elegiac Hymn" (in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composers death); local composer David Contes reverent "September Sun," composed in memory of those who died in the September 11th attacks; and the popular American composer Eric Whitacres "Three Hebrew Love Songs" for choir and string quartet. We are also delighted to present the US premiere of Karin Rehnqvists exuberant "Day is here!" for choir, soloists, and strings. Recently premiered in Stockholm,  Day is here! is the companion piece to Songs from the North, the four-movement setting of poetry from the Arctic that we commissioned for our fortieth-anniversary concert in May 2018.

Friday, March 13th, 8 PM
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, March 14th, 8 PM
St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

LOCAL VOCAL: Celebrating Our Musical Bay Area

Join us in celebrating our own artistically vibrant Bay Area, with a program featuring music by both well-known and up-and-coming local composers. We are excited to present "Winging Wildly," a three-movement setting of poems about birds by the Bay Areas best-known composer of choral music, Kirke Mechem. Our concert will also include selections from Mark Winges mystical "Missa Diapente" and Gabriela Lena Franks striking "Ccollanan Maria" a work based on a traditional religious tune from Cuzco, Perú, the original capital of the Inca empire in the 15th century (with both Spanish and Quechuan text). We are also proud to sing several works exploring Californian history, culture, and natural wonders; including David Contes Facing West, third in his "Whitman Triptych" cycle, commissioned in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge; and Franks "San Joaquin," a setting of San Francisco poet Bill Eversons text about Yosemite. Other Bay Area-centric works on the program include Martha Stewards "A Fragment;" San Francisco Conservatory of Music composer Joseph Stillwells lovely "O nata lux;" and Oakland-based Sanford Doles humorous "Dance Steps."

Join us prior to each concert for a panel discussion with some of these talented local composers!

Saturday, May 16th, 8 PM
St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
*pre-concert panel discussion with several of the composers at 7:15pm

Sunday, May 17th, 4 PM
St. Mar's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
*pre-concert panel discussion with several of the composers at 3:15pm

About Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus: Founded in 1977, Sacred and Profane is a chamber chorus committed to the accomplished presentation of the rich and varied art of a cappella choral music. Our repertoire encompasses a diverse blend of styles and periods, including medieval through contemporary, sacred and secular, traditional, ethnic, and folk styles. We aim to provide an inspiring and educational experience for audiences and chorus members through innovative programming, intensive preparation and high quality performances presented in San Francisco and the East Bay.



St. Marks' Episcopal church (View)
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Music > Classical

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