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Voices of Music announces concerts for 2014–2015 season

The core members of the Voices of Music performing ensemble
The core members of the Voices of Music performing ensemble
courtesy of Voices of Music

Brochures have now gone out in the mail announcing the three concerts in the 2014–2015 season of Voices of Music. This will be the eighth season of historically-informed performances given with the resources of chamber music but involving vocal, as well as instrumental, compositions. As in the past, all performances in San Francisco will take place at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just off the southwest corner of Franklin Street). This is also the venue in which David Tayler (Co-Director of Voices of Music with Hanneke van Proosdij) makes the multiple-camera video recordings of performances, which are then artfully edited and uploaded to the Voices of Music YouTube channel. The specifics for the 2014–2015 season are as follows:

  1. November 22, C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi: Virtuoso Concertos: This concert will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, second surviving son of Johann Sebastian, born March 8, 1714. Soloists will be Carla Moore on violin, William Skeen and Tanya Tomkins on cello, and Proosdij on keyboard. The virtuoso concertos of “Bach the son” will alternate with those of Antonio Vivaldi.
  2. January 24, The Great Poets: From Shakespeare to Dryden: Special guest artist soprano Anna Dennis will be traveling to San Francisco from London to join Voices of Music for an evening of seventeenth-century poetry and music, featuring composers such as John Dowland, Henry Purcell, and many others.
  3. March 21, Steffani Stabat Mater: An all-star cast of vocalists will join the strings of Voices of Music to perform two major sacred compositions. The first of these will be a setting of the “Stabat mater dolorosa” hymn by Agostino Steffani. The other will be Vanitas, Vanitatum, an oratorio based on the book of Ecclesiastes by Giacomo Carissimi. Participating vocalists will be sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Céline Ricci, countertenor Clifton Massey, tenors Paul Elliott and Christopher LeCluyse, and bass John Bischoff.

While the Voices of Music Web site has not yet been updated, both subscription and single tickets are now on sale. Single tickets are $40 each with a variety of opportunities for a $5 discount. A subscription for the entire season costs $100 with corresponding opportunities for a $15 discount. Further information is currently available by calling 415-260-4687.