San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2018 Auditions: Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

San Francisco Lyric Chorus
St. Peter's Hall, Trinity+St. Peter's Episcopal Church
1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin Alley and Bush Streets
Event date: 
21 May 2018 to 02 Jul 2018
Start Time: 
7:15 p.m.
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Robert Gurney


The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our exciting Summer 2018 trimester.  We have openings in all parts, especially for Altos, Tenors and Basses.  We know all choristers will enjoy singing this delightful and varied program.  


Program:  Song of the Universal

John CoriglianoFern Hill 

Eric Whitacre:  Five Hebrew Love Songs  *  This Marriage  

Ola GjeiloLuminous Night of the Soul  *  Song of the Universal

Rehearsals begin Monday, May 21, 2018

Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m.

Our concerts will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Trinity+St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco.

To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading and musicianship skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or For further information about us, check our website at


 Join us for our Summer 2018 season of melody, poetry and inspiration!

John Corigliano  (1938- ).  Fern Hill

In Fern Hill, New York composer John Corigliano beautifully sets Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ (1914-1953) reminiscences of his childhood visit to an aunt’s farm, and Thomas’ musings on his own life.  The lush tonality of the music matches the richness of the words.  Fern Hill is one of the most important American choral works of the 20th century and a beautiful work with which to celebrate John Corigliano’s 80th birthday.

Eric Whitacre (1970- ):  Five Hebrew Love Songs and This Marriage

Eric Whitacre is one of the most well-known and successful contemporary American composers.  His music has charmed and moved audiences all over the world.  He composes in a variety of styles, and we have selected two works that demonstrate these styles.  In Five Hebrew Love Poems, Whitacre sets Hebrew poetry written by his wife, operatic soprano Hila Plitmann (1973- ). This Marriage is an a cappella setting of a Rumi text about marriage, a gift from Whitacre to his wife.  

Ola Gjeilo (1978- ):  Luminous Night of the Soul and Song of the Universal

In Luminous Night of the Soul, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (1978- ) collaborates with American poet Charles Silvestri (ca. 1965- ) on a poem about the spirit that inspires all art.  Gjeilo turns to a Walt Whitman (1819-1892) text in Song of the Universal that speaks of all humanity and the universal spirit.

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