"Music of the Americas" concert by Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, May 13
- San José --- The Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, led by Elena
Sharkova, will perform its final concert of the season at the
California Theater on Sunday, May 13th at 7 p.m. The program,
entitled "Songs from Two Continents: A Celebration of Music of the
Americas," will feature music close to home as the Chorale celebrates
the unique styles of North, Central and South American composers and
the vast diversity of cultures that have made the Americas great.
Join the Chorale on its musical journey to colonial America, to the
Shakers and Quakers and to the tradition of the Sacred Harp, featuring
compositions by William Billings and the hauntingly beautiful Shaker
hymn, "Simple Gifts."
The Chorale will also pay tribute to living American composers,
including Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, Gwyneth Walker, and the Bay
Area's own Kirke Mechem, who will be present at the concert to discuss
Central and South America will be represented by Ariel Ramirez' "Misa
Criolla." Ramírez, from Argentina, composed the "Misa Criolla" in
1964 as one of the first masses in the national idiom. Ramírez not
only used the language of his country but also the musical rhythms of
Argentina, played in part by local instruments. Several folksongs
from Bolivia, Peru, Cuba and Argentina will complete this portion of
The program will end with a set of spirituals and gospel arrangements
by Moses Hogan, Jester Hairston, and Levi Dawson, with a special guest
vocalist from San Francisco.
Tickets for this event may be purchased through the Symphony Silicon
Valley box office at 408-286-2600.