Opening Recital: Garden of Delights
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8pm Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
We open our season with a festive concert which features music and poetry celebrating the joys and consolations of food, drink, fellowship and conviviality. Beloved local countertenor Christopher Fritzsche joins with our resident vocal trio, the Green Mountain Singers and our own Live Oak Baroque orchestra in songs and instrumental pieces from England, Italy, Germany and Spain. Featured composers include Thomas Morley, Adriano Banchieri, Johann Hermann Schein, and Mateo Flecha the Younger.
A Grateful Heart:
Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Our chamber choir, Circa 1600, and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra join together for a concert bursting with the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Spine-tingling and roof-raising psalm settings range from spare Medieval recitation tones to magnificent Venetian polyphony to the Baroque cantata. The Santa Rosa Symphony’s outstanding Young People’s Chamber Orchestra joins in with LOBO for the concert finale. Other composers featured include Ludwig Senfl, and Claudio Monteverdi.
Early Music Christmas: An English Celebration
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Our 5th annual Early Music Christmas features English repertoire, interwoven in a spell-binding evocation of the mysteries and joys of the season. Our oldest repertoire is Sarum chant, used as early as the 11th-century at Salisbury Cathedral. A rich repertoire of 14th-century carols provides our second layer. Motets from the late-Renaissance flowering of English polyphony include works by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. Christmas movements from Handel’s Messiah complete the picture. Featuring organist David Parsons; cornettist Steve Escher; soprano Jenni Samuelson; and the Sonoma Bach Choir.
Midwinter Concert: Electric Baroque
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Elizabeth Blumenstock, director
Aaron Westman, associate director
The violin was the electric guitar of the 17th century, and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber was that century's shining virtuoso. Biber wrote stunning and innovative string music that blended the church style with the fiddle playing he grew up hearing in his native Bohemia. LOBO presents a program of virtuosic ensemble works by Biber from his melding of sacred and profane, Fidicinium sacro-profanum (1682), as well as his last collection, Harmonia artificioso-ariosa (1696), which requires the violins to deliberately mistune their strings (scordatura). LOBO will play from the stage as well as the organ gallery, with Schroeder Hall's Brombaugh tracker organ acting as a continuo instrument, much as Biber's band originally performed this music in the Salzburg Cathedral.
Organ Recital: Bach and the North Germans
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Rodney Gehrke, organ
Bay Area organist Rodney Gehrke explores the rich sounds of Schroeder Hall’s Brombaugh mechanical-action organ in music by J. S. Bach and several North German masters of the 17th century. Organ builder John Brombaugh was particularly influenced by the potent instruments of the great Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and their environs. Bach too was drawn there; in fact, at the age of 20, he walked several hundred miles to Lübeck to absorb the style of Dieterich Buxtehude. In addition to music by Buxtehude, we will hear other works in the so-called monumental style of Heinrich Scheidemann, Vincent Lübeck, and Matthias Weckmann.
Sacred Realms: With Ah! Bright Wings
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8pm, St Seraphim of Sarov, Santa Rosa
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3PM, St Seraphim of Sarov, Santa Rosa
Green Mountain Consort
The indelible image of the many-colored wings of the angel Gabriel, represented in the paintings of Fra Angelico and many others, offering a lily and strange tidings to the startled Mary, was one of the most popular subjects for art and devotion in Medieval and Renaissance culture. The Monteverdi Consort and the Green Mountain Singers explore repertoire for the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) in a fascinating and moving concert in the amazing space and acoustics of the Church of St Seraphim. Featured composers include Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz.
Early Music Uncorked: On the Power of Music
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Robert Worth, director
Drawing from the astonishing array of ‘music about music’, Circa 1600 presents a fascinating concert exploringhow music moves us. From light-hearted celebrations of music’s power to literally move us (onto the dance floor) to cosmic scenes of angelic song to clever vocal renditions of instrumental music to powerful laments for dearly-loved and now-departed musicians, you’ll be stunned at the variety and beauty evoked by composers expressing in music their love for and fascination with the very art of music. Composers include Jean Richafort, Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, Hans Leo Haßler, Thomas Morley, and many others.
Major Works Series: Bach in Church and Chamber
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Sonoma Bach Choir
Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Robert Worth, director
In our season closer, we focus once again upon the glorious music of our namesake. Featuring Live Oak Baroque Orchestra at its grandest scale, the Sonoma Bach Choir, and a wonderful lineup of vocal soloists, we present festive works from several eras of Bach’s career. The 2nd Brandenburg Concerto was written during his time as court composer in Cöthen (1717-1723); the D Major Magnificat is a reworking of a piece written during the first year of his tenure in Leipzig (1723 to his death in 1750); and Cantata 214 (Tönet, ihr Pauken) was written in 1733 to honor the birthday of the Electress of Saxony. Later in 1733, several movements of Cantata 214 found their way into Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.