The Society of Gay and Lesbian Composers presents a program of "New Choral Music" with the Sanford Dole Ensemble under the direction of choral director Sanford Dole. The concert will be held on Friday, July 24th at 8:00 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, located at the intersection of Fillmore and Jackson Streets in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. The concert will include sacred and secular works by composers from the San Francisco Bay Area and from around the country who work in a variety of styles.
Featured works include premieres of the story of Oedipus by Warner Jepson (set to the witty verse of Dennis Dunn); "And If...," a setting from the poetry of James Merrill about moving away from fear, written by Ruth Huber, singer, songwriter and director of the Rainbow Women's Chorus in San Jose; four short, original songs about birds by Peter Bellinger called "Feathers" for chorus, piano and organ, and settings of five poems from William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" by Soquel-based composer and playwright, Jeff Young. William Severson has written a romantic ballad based on the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi; it has been arranged for this performance for chorus, clarinet and piano. Three poems by the English poet, Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, set to music by San Francisco pianist/accompanist Dwight Okamura, are alternately tender and dramatic; these include "At the Shrine of Aphrodite" and "Take Me with You When You Fly," which will conclude the program, with the composer accompanying the chorus. Mr. David Hatt of Newark will be the organist for this program.
Sanford Dole is active in the Bay Area as a choral conductor, singer and composer. He served for ten years as the assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, in addition to his work with the Sanford Dole Ensemble. The Ensemble presents several programs a year of vocal and/or instrumental music, exploring a varied repertoire, but emphasizing 20th-century music.
The Society has been presenting concerts of music by its members since 1985. Performances are given in San Francisco. Composers of all musical styles are encouraged to participate in the concerts that the Society offers each year.
General admission is by a donation of $10; $7 for seniors, students and handicapped individuals; people with AIDS are admitted at no charge. The site is wheelchair accessible via an entrance on Jackson Street, around the corner from the main entrance. The works will be performed by an ensemble of 24 professional singers, plus instrumentalists including piano, organ, flute, and clarinet.
This is an opportunity to enjoy an evening of musical excellence in a building with fine acoustics. Your contributions will help SGLC's efforts to provide a forum for composers of diverse musical styles. To request further information about this concert, go here.