Chorus Performances

March 2017

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Friday, March 31, 8 pm

Symphony No. 9 is nicknamed New World because Dvořák  wrote it during the time he spent in the U.S. in the 1890s. His experiences in America (including his discovery of African-American and Native-American melodies) and his longing for home color his music with mixed emotions. It is Dvorak’s spiritual and emotional journey: from his intense longing for his beloved home to the thrill of the “new world” and its varied peoples, to thoughts of going home. 

Bruckner’s glorious hymn of praise–theTe Deum– journey’s to the otherworld. It’s text is also a plea for salvation.The Oakland Symphony Chorus raise their voices to the heavens in this transcendent work, with soloists Hope Briggs, Betany Coffland, Amitai Pati, and Anthony Reed.

Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank has always been fascinated by the intersections of culture and heritage–her father is an American of Lithuanian Jewish heritage and her mother is Peruvian of Chinese descent. Her Concertino Cusqueño imagines the composer Benjamin Britten journeying with her to Cusco the original capital of the Inca empire Tawantinsuyu. Rich in mythology and spirit, Frank opens the conversation of home- in heaven and here on earth.

PROGRAM

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Concertino Cusqueño

ANTON BRUCKNER Te Deum

Hope Briggs, soprano
Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
Amitai Pati, tenor
Anthony Reed
, bass
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Saint Mary’s College Chamber Singers & Glee Club

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
                                  (From the New World)

 

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May 2017

Guys and Dolls in Concert

Friday, May 19, 8 pm

FRANK LOESSER Guys and Dolls

Ben Jones: Sky Masterson
J. Raymond Meyers: Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Oakland Symphony Chorus

 

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