Song of the Universal: Music of Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

San Francisco Lyric Chorus
Trinity+St. Peter's Episcopal Church
1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin Alley and Bush Streets
Event date: 
25 Aug 2018 to 26 Aug 2018
Start Time: 
7:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Robert Gurney

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents a concert of melody, poetry, and inspiration:  Song of the Universal: Music of Corigliano, Whitacre, and Gjeilo


John Corigliano:    Fern Hill
Eric Whitacre:    Five Hebrew Love Songs  *  This Marriage
Ola Gjeilo:    Luminous Night of the Soul  *  Song of the Universal
Kevin Baum, tenor
Martin Morley, piano
Nicola Gruen, Violin I
Gregory Sykes , Violin II
Patrick Kroboth, Viola
Nancy Bien, Cello
$20 General; $18 Seniors (at door) 
Free to Students (Under 18 or with ID)
Please, no children under five.
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We sing American composer John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, a setting of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ reminiscences of his childhood visit to his aunt’s farm, and his musings on his own life.  Fern Hill is one of the most important American choral works of the 20th century.
We also sing two works by Eric Whitacre, one of America’s most popular contemporary composers:  Five Hebrew Love Songs and This Marriage.  In Five Hebrew Love Songs, Whitacre sets Hebrew poetry written by his wife, operatic soprano Hila Plitmann.  This Marriage is an a cappella setting of a Rumi text about marriage, a gift from Whitacre to his wife.  
In addition, we sing two works by contemporary Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Luminous Night of the Soul and Song of the Universal. In Luminous Night of the Soul, Gjeilo collaborates with American poet Charles Silvestri on a poem about the spirit that inspires all art.  Gjeilo turns to a Walt Whitman text that speaks of all humanity and the universal spirit in Song of the Universal.

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