Busy weekend for choral music from San Joaquin Chorale and Soli Deo Gloria

FresnoApril 30, 2014 

San Luis Obispo choir Canzona.


Fans of choral music have two strong options this weekend with multiple concerts by the San Joaquin Chorale and Soli Deo Gloria. Here's a roundup:

The San Joaquin Chorale's spring concerts feature a broad range of music from Vivaldi and Handel to spirituals. The program includes several pieces by British composers, including "Ubi Caritas," by Welsh composer Paul Mealor, commissioned by Prince William for his marriage to Catherine Middleton; and "Song for Athene," by Sir John Kenneth Tavener, sung at the funeral of Princess Diana.

The second half will include traditional and newly arranged spirituals, including "Steal Away" by Joseph Jennings, "Been in de Storm" by Craig Hella Johnson and "Cornerstone," by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale resident composer.

Roy Klassen conducts.

Two concerts are scheduled. The ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. at Reedley First Mennonite Church, 1208 E. L St., Reedley. Admission is free. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the venue shifts to the First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Tickets are $10 general, $5 seniors and students.

Details: www.sanjoaquinchorale.com.

Soli Deo Gloria's spring concert includes a guest women's choir, the San Luis Obispo ensemble Canzona.

The Soli Deo Gloria lineup will explore music written in primarily the 20th and 21st centuries, including "Cantate Domino," by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, with trumpet, piano and timpani; and a Venezuelan folk song that depicts a discussion between two birds with a tongue twister.

Canzona's program includes a newly commissioned piece, "To the God of Light and Shadow," by Meredith Brammeier. The two ensembles will combine for "I Thank You God" by Gwyneth Walker and "She Weeps Over Rahoon" by Eric Whitacre.

Soli Deo Gloria is conducted by Julie Carter, and Canzona is co-directed by Cricket Handler and Jill Anderson.

Two concerts are scheduled. The ensembles will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 students, and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. At 4 p.m. Sunday, a performance will be held at Lemoore High School's performing arts center. Admission is free.

Details: (559) 473-6486, www.sdgchoir.com.

— The Fresno Bee

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