November 24 at 4pm: Collage Vocal Ensemble
For their ninth season, Collage Vocal Ensemble takes inspiration from that most wonderful shape, the sphere, with music by Kirke Mechem, Charles Wood, Ross Lee Finney, and Harry Belafonte among others. They’ll continue their tradition of mixing classical and popular music styles in programs of kaleidoscopic variety and mixing music for the whole ensemble with songs for women, for men, and for trios and quartets. Their audiences always have a great time, and so do they!
Admission free; suggested donation $15; all donations will benefit LifeMoves – Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness in San Mateo County; contributions taken at the door or online here:
December 8 at 4pm: Kitka
Wintersongs is Kitka’s critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European and Eurasian ethnic and spiritual traditions. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. This year’s program will feature traditional folks songs and original compositions ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns).
Tickets $45 Gold Circle/$35 General Admission/$30 Seniors w/ID/$25 Students w/ID at the door, or save $5 per ticket by purchasing in advance at https://kitkawintersongsmenlopark.bpt.me
January 12 at 4pm: The Albany Consort
Banish the winter chill with the warmth and brilliance of Italy! In collaboration with St. Bede’s soloists Katina Mitchell, Naomi Braun, Katherine McKee, Dan Stanley, Colby Roberts & Chris Filipowicz, the Bay Area’s beloved Albany Consort will present spectacular vocal works of Claudio Monteverdi, including selections from his Selva Morale e Spirituale. The Consort alone will perform instrumental treasures for brass and strings by Frescobaldi, Rossi, and Picci.
Tickets $25 General Admission/$20 Seniors /$15 Students with ID at the door, or save $5 per ticket by purchasing in advance here:
February 2 at 4pm: Candlemas Vespers
Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation, marks Jesus’ first appearance in the temple, and Mary’s ritual purification. The candles for use in the coming year will be blessed, and the St. Bede’s Choir will present works by composers from the Middle Ages through the 21st century, as well as lead inspirational congregational singing in this Vesper service. Freewill donations will benefit Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse – providing safety, support, and healing to those affected by intimate partner abuse.
March 15 at 4pm: Evensong & Organist Angela Kraft Cross
Join the St. Bede’s choir for a candlelight Evensong service featuring Angela Kraft Cross’ Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (commissioned by the St. Bede’s Choir in 2017) as well as the premier of her anthem For Your Love’s Sake, commissioned by St. Bede’s for this service. Immediately following the service Ms. Kraft Cross will present a recital of works by Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, as well as her own compositions.
Freewill donations will benefit Episcopal Community Services.
March 29 at 4pm: Menlo Brass
Blazing Brass – Join one of the Bay Area’s finest brass ensembles for a concert that is at once musically exciting and thoroughly entertaining. The program will include a wide variety of music from Baroque and Classical favorites, to film scores, Broadway musicals, popular tunes, Dixieland, jazz and exciting new original compositions for brass quintet. The Menlo Brass Quintet includes two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba.
Tickets $20 General Admission/$15 Seniors & Students/$10 youth under 18 at the door, or save $5 per ticket by purchasing in advance here:
April 26 at 4pm: Collage Vocal Ensemble
Spring Awakening - Poets and composers alike love to celebrate the coming of spring with its flowers and showers and a panoply of new life. So, too, does Collage Vocal Ensemble. They will offer a rich garden of musical delights in their spring program, emphasizing folk music from around the world. As always, artistic director Rafael Ornes has chosen choral music by living composers, famous composers from the past, and arrangements of popular songs of yesteryear and the present time. Join Collage Vocal Ensemble in opening hearts and ears to all that spring has to offer.
Admission free; suggested donation $15; all donations will benefit the Music in the Schools Foundation; contributions taken at the door or here:
May 17 at 4pm: Ensemble Draca
Come enjoy a concert of vocal and instrumental repertoire from 17th-century Italy! This concert features music by Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi, Barbara Strozzi, and more. Bay Area-based Ensemble Draca is Alexa Haynes-Pilon (viols), Katina Mitchell (baroque triple harp and soprano), Arthur Omura (keyboard), and Catherine Stiles (baroque triple harp).
Tickets $20 general admission/$15 students & seniors, available at the door or here: