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2018 Choral Series


San Francisco Renaissance Voices: Music for the Feasts of Our Lady
Heinrich Isaac’s Missa Virgo Prudentissima and motets from The Medici Codex

San Francisco Renaissance Voices March 24

Saturday March 24, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices for this next installment on their 2017-18 Season, “A Nun, A Queen, The Lady & A King.” This exquisite concert of rarely performed music will feature Heinrich Isaac’s (c1450-1517) 6-part Missa Virgo Prudentissima. Woven between the movements of the mass will be 4, 5, 6, and 8-part motets (many of them from the Medici Codex of 1518) written by Josquin, Obrecht, Mouton, Willaert, Jacquet de Mantua, and the mysterious Jean Le Santier for the feast days of the Virgin Mary. Come and experience the dazzling beauty of this amazing sacred polyphony, resplendent with the magic of interwoven voices, and the glory of a cappella singing.


San Francisco Girls Chorus (Level III) in concert


Friday April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is a leading voice in music in the Bay Area and across the nation. Led by Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa and Music Director and Principal Conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Girls Chorus produces and collab­orates in concerts, recordings and tours that empower young women, expand the field of music for treble voice, and set the standard for the highest level of performance and education. Hundreds of singers ages 5-18 from over 45 Bay Area cities participate in this program, which has won honors including 3 ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming and five Grammy awards.

The Chorus School Level III is an ensemble of approximately 50 girls ages 8-13, which performs music for holiday events, festivals, dinners, luncheons, auctions, and other events.


San Francisco Renaissance Voices: To Henry, with love from Florence
Madrigals from a collection of Italian masterpieces, sent as a gift to Henry VIII from Florence, Italy, in 1533

Saturday May TBD
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Renaissance Voices made its debut in 2004 with a “standing room only” performance of Victoria’s Requiem and quickly became a favorite of San Francisco Bay Area Early Music audiences. SFRV is San Francisco Bay Area’s professional mixed-voice ensemble dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon. San Francisco Classical Voice christened SFRV as the Bay Area’s”hipper than thou” Early Music ensemble and in 2010 SFWeekly chose SFRV as “Best Classical Music” for their Best of San Francisco edition.


Holiday Concert with the San Francisco Boys Chorus


December TBD
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) is comprised of the Grammy award-winning Concert Chorus, the Graduate Chorale, the Hand Bell Program and the four-level Chorus School, which includes the Preparatory Chorus.

Festival of Lessons and Carols


December TBD
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Celebrate the joys of Christmas at our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols with our artists-in-residence, the ‘San Francisco Renaissance Voices,’ and organist, Vaughn Jones. The service follows the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols made famous by  the Christmas Eve service held in annually at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

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