As was announced last August, the 2013–14 season of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) was structured around the thematic title Kol Israel: The Voice of Judaism in Early Music. The programming was prepared with consultation by Rabbi (and SFRV member) Reuben Zellman, currently completing a Master of Music degree at San Francisco State University on the subject of the history of the Jewish choral repertoire. The final concert of the season will be given at the end of this month, and its title will be Dedication of the Synagogue and Other Jewish Ceremonies.
The title refers to an extensive collection of ceremonial music composed by Volunio Gallichi and Francesco Drei for the dedication of a new synagogue in Siena, Italy, which took place in 1786. There will also be a major work by Louis Saladin composed over a century earlier in 1670. Entitled Canticum Hebraicum and composed for chorus and orchestra, this piece was written for a circumcision ceremony. Other celebrations to be represented on the program will be the Sabbath and weddings. All works will be sung in the original Hebrew, and translation sheets will be provided. As at previous concerts, Zellman will give a pre-concert talk 45 minutes before the performance begins.
The San Francisco performance of this program will take place at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church (1329 Seventh Avenue), just south of Golden Gate Park and near the Muni N Line stop at the corner of Irving Street and Seventh Avenue. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under the age of twelve. The 2013–14 Season Web page at the SFRV Web site has links to Brown Paper Tickets for all ticket requests. SFRV depends on donations to present its highly informative and engaging programs. In addition to organizing special events to encourage donations, they have also set up a Web page to facilitate making such donations at the convenience of the members of their audiences.