We kick off the season with a Salon concert featuring guest guitarist Michael Goldberg and artistic director Martín Benvenuto, performing music by J.S. Bach, Manuel Ponce and John Dowland. The evening also features a special appearance of the Acalanes High School women’s ensemble Bella Voce, and WomenSing performing Craig Hella Johnson’s touching Will there really be a morning? Tantalizing entertainment, delicious food, fabulous wine, and an exciting auction to benefit WomenSing.
Come feel the flame of renewal with cheerful new carols on old texts in Derek Holman’s Sir Christëmas, and hear Men and WomenSing perform the majestic traditional English carols of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia with solo baritone and cello accompaniment. With Benjamin Britten’s A New Year Carol we will toast in the new decade. Works by Rossini, Barnett, Sarmanto, Matsushita, and festive holiday fare will complement.
A concert of dreams and determination ‒ tenderness and illumination. At the center of our program is featured composer Libby Larsen’s Stepping Westward with oboe, handbells, and marimba, celebrating the resourcefulness and strength of women. We include music drawn from our folk history ‒ we’ll step lively with a fiddle! There will be a set of unexpected miniature love songs.
Joining us is the Acalanes High School Bella Voce and Miramonte High School Women’s Ensemble unveiling our third-year Youth Inspiring Youth premieres, A Precious Pearl by Lauren McLaren and Moon Songs by Nick Norton. Come early to hear our composers at the pre-concert talk.