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Eriks Esenvalds: Ancient Prairie (2015)

State Choir Latvija
M?ris Sirmais, conductor
Ilze Zari?a, violin

The Ancient Prairie – Bai Juyi (772-846)

The prairie overflows with the grass’ s rolling billows,
As the year comes and goes, it withers and grows.

The wild fire can never bum it out of view,
When the vernal breeze arises, it appears anew.

Its balmy odors drifts across the path time-worn,
Its luster of green extends to the town forlorn.

Again as I see my friend along the road depart,
I feel the grass is deep in sorrow as my heart.?

Bruckner: Os Justi Meditabitur
University of Utah Chamber Choir; Barlow Bradford, Conductor

James MacMillan: Lux Aeterna
NOTUS; Carlo Vincent, Conductor

03. May 2018 · 2 comments · Categories: vocal

I’ve been enjoying vocal music this morning. It helps my heart when I’m down. It helps when it’s not down, too! I don’t have a good voice (my siblings were blessed with great voices. I was blessed with an oboe reed, I guess.) but I still like to sing. No one needs to hear me … I can sing in my house and in my car and I’m just fine with that.

This song is usually done by children, but I like this video because it includes all ages. This is the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™, Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder and New York Choral Society John Daly Goodwin, Music Director with Jim Papoulis, Piano.

(As I was watching another video of all young people singing this song I was reminded of how important my teaching can be — how I need to be careful with my words and I must listen to students more attentively. It was a good reminder. One I must heed daily.)

Joe Hisaishi in Concert:
Music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki

Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 pm
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale 10:00 am (Pacific), Monday, April 30

Click here for tickets!

Craig Courtney: Ukrainian Alleluja
Defrost Youth Choir; Thomas Caplin, Conductor

Johann Hermann Schein: Herr laß meine Klage
Sidonia Ensemble

Symphony Silicon Valley will be participating in a pretty cool thing soon: we will be on stage, conducted by Joe Hisaishi, as we perform the music while clips from various Studio Ghibli films are on the big screen. Go here for more info.

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Friday 8:00 pm May 25, 2018
Saturday 8:00 pm May 26, 2018
Sunday 2:00 pm May 27, 2018
Monday 2:00 pm May 28, 2018

Heinrich Schütz: Seele erhebt den Herren
University of North Texas Collegium Singers; Richard Sparks, Conductor; Hentus van Rooyen, Organ

Seele erhebt den Herren,
SWV 494 (1671) ……………..Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Eleni Kotzabassis, soprano
Tucker Bilodeau, alto
Barrett Radziun, tenor
Robert Ward, bass
Elizabeth McGee, soprano
Chris Hathaway, alto
Gary Gordon, tenor
John Irving, bass

William Byrd: Sing Joyfully
Missouri State Chorale; Cameron F. LaBarr conductor