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San Francisco Lyric Chorus-Christmas Concert 12/1/12 and 12/2/12

There's nothing quite like beautiful Christmas music to put one in the holiday spirit. Here's a chance for you to jump start the season by enjoying the concert presented by San Francisco Lyric Chorus on Saturday or Sunday,  December 1 and December 2, 2012. After moving to San Francisco last year, my husband has joined this high-quality community group and enjoys singing with them.

Two venues, both on Cathedral Hill in San Francisco. You might choose to do some shopping, have an early dinner, and then cap off the evening with music. Or, enjoy the earlier time slot on Sunday night, and then treat yourself to relaxed dinner afterward. Fine dining in either Hayes Street area or Japan Town is easily accessible.

Are you ready to explore the idea of having a Cathedral Hill condo, or one in another part of the City? Either as a pied-a-terre or a full-time residence? If you enjoy musical events like this San Francisco Lyric Chorus concert you might wish to Live Your San Francisco Dream.

The Joy of Christmas: A Celebration for Chorus and Harp
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

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The Joy of Christmas

San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Robert Gurney, present The Joy of Christmas: A Celebration for Chorus and Harp

Our Program

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin

Kirke Mechem: Seven Joys of Christmas

Kirke Mechem: Gloria from Three Motets

Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol

Bob Chilcott: God So Loved the World

Robert H. Young: There Is No Rose of Such Virtue

Marjorie Hess: The Oxen

Peter Wishart: Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand

Boris Ord: Adam Lay Ybounden

Featured Musician

Meredith Clark, harp

Our Concert Details

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00pm

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

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Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:00pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco

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For additional information, visit the San Francisco Lyric Chorus website:
Contact: (415) 721-4077 or

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For our Fall 2012 trimester, The Joy of Christmas: A Celebration for Chorus and Harp, we present a wonderful variety of music—music familiar, music new, music of joy, music of contemplation—that expresses the specialness of this time of year.

Benjamin Britten’s (1913-1976) A Ceremony of Carols for harp and chorus is a Christmas classic. He composed this holiday masterpiece on a ship in 1942, as he was returning to England from the United States. Modeled after the English ceremony of nine lessons and carols, Britten uses the nine carols without the lessons to show the various moods surrounding the celebration of this most joyous holiday. Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin is a gentle a cappella work for double chorus with a wonderful antiphonal sense of comment and answer.

San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem (1925- ) composed his Seven Joys of Christmas for harp and chorus in 1964. He sets seven carols from different countries, each describing a different aspect of holiday joy. The Seven Joys of Christmas is often performed as a companion piece to the Britten. Mechem’s energetic Gloria (one of three motets) is a setting of an anonymous 15th century text.

English composer Bob Chilcott (1955- ) was a boy chorister in the famed King’s College Choir at Cambridge University, as well as a 12-year member of the King’s Singers. In 1997, he began composing in earnest. God So Loved the World and The Shepherd’s Carol, two of his most familiar compositions, express the joy of the season with soaring lyricism.

Minnesota composer Marjorie Ann Hess (a.k.a. Maura Bosch) (1958- ) sets Thomas Hardy’s tender Christmas poem, The Oxen, as a quiet, reflective composition for harp and chorus.

Texas composer and professor Robert H. Young (1923-2011) was born in Santa Cruz, California. During his 30 years at Baylor University as a music faculty member, he founded and conducted the Baylor University Chamber Singers, as well as composing numerous choral compositions. There Is No Rose is one of his most beloved compositions.

English composer Peter Wishart (1921-1984) was a student of Nadia Boulanger, later becoming a professor of music at various English universities. His exuberant Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand, a setting of a 15th century text, abounds with cascading passages of joy.

Boris Ord (1897-1961), another English composer, uses the same text as Britten’s Deo Gracias in A Ceremony of Carols to create his beautiful Adam Lay Ybounden, a familiar work often used in the Nine Lessons and Carols of Christmas

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Comment balloon 4 commentsLottie Kendall • November 05 2012 02:13PM
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