In 2006 the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF, named after the color of the Golden Gate Bridge) began an annual tradition of asking audiences to vote for their favorite pieces on the program. These ‘audience favorites’ would then be performed in a subsequent season. While it is a bit premature (since IOCSF had been performing a few years prior to instituting this poll), the title of the next IOCSF concert will be By Popular Demand: Audience Favorites from our First Ten Years.
Of particular interest is the fact that four of these ‘favorites” were pieces written for IOCSF:
- Dominic DiOrio’s “Chrysopylae,” composed for the 75th anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Aaron Pike’s “Peace,” written for the biennial choral competition hosted by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- Joshua Saulle’s setting of e e cummings’ poem “i am a little church”
- Another setting of an e e cummings poem, “i like my body when it is with your,” by Nicholas Weininger
One of the ‘favorites’ from the current season will be the setting of the communion antiphon for the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, “Lux Aeterna,” by Ivo Antognini, performed this past March. There will also be two Swedish pieces, Hugo Alfvén’s “Och jungfrun hon gor i ringen” and Sven-David Sandström’s “En ny himmel och en ny jord,” as well as a setting of a traditional Filipino hymn text, “Awit sa Panginoon,” by Robin Estrada. The “grand old man” of the program will be Gustav Holst with a performance of his “This have I done for my true love.”
The San Francisco performance of this program will take place on Sunday, July 27, at 6 p.m. The venue will be St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1111 O'Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street. Admission is always free, although donations are (also always) welcome.