J. Jeff Badger, Executive Director of San Francisco Renaissance Voices, which gives its San Francisco performances at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, recently announced the launch of a new series of events that will be offered at that same venue. Called the Seventh Avenue Center for the Arts and Spirituality (SACAS), it will use the second story of the church’s facility as a unique environment for the co-mingling of art forms. These will include concerts, recitals, rehearsals, workshops, and retreats; and all performances will be offered to the general public free of charge. SACAS will hold its grand opening this coming weekend.
Here are the dates and times for the events that have been scheduled for the opening weekend:
- Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.: The opening concert will be given by Nykken, a trio that takes a modern approach to traditional Scandinavian music performed on “culturally-informed” instruments. Their instrumental skills also support vocal arrangements in both two and three parts. The members and their instruments are as follows: Barbary Grant plays Celtic harp, cello, and button accordion and sings in Norwegian; Verlene Schermer plays nyckelharpa, harp guitar, fiddle, cittra, and hardingfele, and sings traditional and original songs in Swedish; Kris Yenney plays Hardanger cello d'Amore, and nyckelharpa and sings harmonies.
- Saturday, October 12, 2 p.m.: Adam Cockerham, who is the instrumental half of the duo Jarring Sounds with mezzo Danielle Reutter-Harrah, will give a recital of music from seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century France. He will perform the seventeenth-century selections on a historically-appropriate guitar and those from the eighteenth-century on theorbo. Many of his selections will be of dance forms, whose proper execution will be demonstrated by Louise Pescetta.
- Saturday, October 12, 4:30 p.m.: Cockerham’s recital will be complemented by a performance on modern classical guitar by Giacomo Fiore. Fiore recently received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz, having written a thesis on the use of just intonation in twentieth-century American music, particularly in guitar compositions. His performing repertoire includes composers such as Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky.
- Saturday, October 12, 5 p.m.: Katherine McKee, who performs with San Francisco Renaissance Voices, as well as the San Francisco Opera and American Bach Soloists, will give a vocal master class open to the general public; pianist Daniel Lockert will serve as accompanist.
- Saturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.: A recital of arias and duets from the operas and oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Felix Mendelssohn will be given by soprano Alice Ko and baritone Jefferson Packer.
- Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m.: The finale concert for the weekend will be a program of Celtic music from the British Isles and European secular music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The selections will emphasize music associated with each of the four seasons. The performers will be the Brocelïande trio, whose members are Margaret David (vocals, Celtic harp, recorders, flute), Kristoph Klover (vocals, twelve-string guitar, mandola, oboe), and Kris Nenney (vocals, cello, Hardanger cello d’Amore, gamba).
The Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at 1329 Seventh Avenue, between Irving and Judah Streets. That means it is within half a block from the Seventh Avenue stop for the N Judah streetcar. It is also closely located to the 43 Masonic and 44 O’Shaughnessy bus lines. Because of the historic nature of the building, SACAS, on the second story, is not currently wheelchair-accessible.