SF CONCERT CHORALE – Presents Herbert Howells’ Requiem and Arthur Honegger’s King David

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 18th—20th, 2011, the San Francisco Concert Chorale presents In Remembrance, a choral tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy of September 11, 2001. By sharing the beauty of the choral art form through a combined community of singers, the concert is designed to provide peace and harmony as we remember the lives lost during this tragic day.The SF Concert Chorale will be joined by the Ohlone Chamber Singers and the Valley Concert Chorale for this special event.  The combined chorus of 90 singers, soloists, and chamber orchestra will be under the direction of John Emory Bush and Dennis Keller.
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The concert features Herbert Howells’ Requiem, composed in 1936 but not released for performance until 1980. One of the great choral gems of the 20th century, written for unaccompanied  double choir, the Requiem is for the living – filled with comfort, hope and thanksgiving. The work radiates glorious lush chords and harmonies that transcend the spirit. The text alternates between Latin and English including a movement based on the 23rd Psalm.

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ARTHUR HONEGGER — HERBERT HOWELL

The second half of the program highlights another significant choral masterwork from the 20th century, Arthur Honegger’s King David. This highly expressive and dramatic music is both tender and powerful. After its’ enthusiastic premiere in 1923, the work was heard in virtually every music center around the world. The text follows the major events in the biblical story of David. The final numbers seem transfigured, offering a shining vision with a concluding triumphant and joyful Alleluia!

The great American composer Stephen Paulus will be represented by two beautiful selections, Hymn For America and The Road Home, each capturing the spirit and essence of this special concert presentation.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:
Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 PM
Valley Community Church
4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton

Saturday, March 19th, at 8:00 PM
Ohlone College, Smith Center
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA

Sunday, March 20th, at 4:00 PM
Mission Dolores
3321 Sixteenth Street, San Francisco 

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Add these recordings to your concert library:
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HOWELLS: Requiem – Christopher Robinson conducts the Cambridge St. John’s College Choir. The disc also features “Take him, earth, for cherishing” and more.
HONEGGER: Le Roi David – Michel Piquemal conucts the Orchestre de la Cité and Ile de France Regional Chorus.

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Seán Martinfield
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