San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Date & Time: Saturday March 24, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $30 General, $25 Seniors/Students, $20 Children (under 12)
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Heinrich Isaac’s Missa Virgo Prudentissima
Motets from The Medici Codex
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.
About San Francisco Renaissance Voices
San Francisco Renaissance Voices made their 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 has consistently earned praise for their “gossamer sound … a sound something akin to spiritual levitation” as well as recognition for their imaginative programming and christened the Bay Area’s “hipper than thou” Early Music ensemble by San Francisco Classical Voice and in 2010 SFWeekly chose SFRV as the “Best Classical Music” for their Best of San Francisco edition. SFRV is the 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.
SFRV’s Opera Early & Ancient San Francisco mini-series seeks to present to audiences operatic and related works from the Medieval through Baroque periods and has included such works as the “technicolor” production of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum (“Hildegard’s little-performed musical mantra rang out anew” – Los Angeles Times) and the west coast premiere of William Boyce’s Solomon (“The performance was often exciting and even eye-opening … a performance other groups struggle to achieve on record” – San Francisco Classical Voice).
Katherine McKee, Music Director
Ms. McKee joined San Francisco Renaissance Voices in 2007 as Alto Section Lead and was quickly asked to take on the responsibilities of Assistant Music Director as well. She became the group’s second Music Director starting for our 2014-15 Season.
Ms. McKee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree with honors in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory and has directed choirs, community orchestras and opera, and school groups since her college years. In the Boston area she directed the children’s, youth and adult choirs at Hanscom Air Force Base’s Protestant Chapel, taught stringed instruments and conducted orchestras in the Somerset (MA) public schools and served as assistant conductor for the Jamaica Plain Symphony Orchestra. In New York she founded and directed the chamber group Premier, which focused on newly composed works for a cappella voices, and served as an assistant conductor for the Gregg Smith Singers and at St. Bartholomew’s Church.
In the San Francisco Bay Area she has served on the conducting faculty of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, as chorus master, prompter and music director for San Francisco Lyric Opera, and as music director of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Noe Valley. Currently, she is director of music at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.
As a singer she is much in demand as an oratorio soloist, and appears regularly with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and the chorale of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Ms. McKee teaches private vocal students who perform throughout the Bay Area including members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Opera Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, Woodminster Theater, and Lamplighters Music Theatre.