The Play of Daniel - June 23 (SF), 24 (Tiburon), 29 (Palo Alto) & 30 (Berkeley)
- OPERA EARLY & ANCIENT: The Play of Daniel (Ludus Danielis) - June 22, 23, 29 & 30The Play of Daniel (Ludus Danielis) was written sometime between 1227 and 1234 by students at the Beauvais Cathedral in France and is one of the earliest examples of what we now call opera.Rarely performed today, "Daniel" roars to life in this new production by San Francisco Renaissance Voices under the direction of Assistant Music Director Katherine McKee. The highly poetic text, a mixture of Latin, Aramaic and Old French, closely follows the story of the prophet Daniel in the Persian court of King Belshazzar and is filled with kings, queens, angels and ... of course ... lions. The score, built on Medieval dance tunes, skips along brought to life by the stellar singers of San Francisco Renaissance Voices ("As might be imagined from the name of the ensemble, these vocal episodes were the high point of the music of the evening ..." - San Francisco Examiner, August 2011) with accompaniment by some of the best period instrumental specialists in the Bay Area including lute, oud, dulcian, shawm, folk harp, recorders, bowed psaltery and all sorts of percussion! Our production interprets this piece imagining how "Daniel" might look today if it was staged by students and includes original costuming and staging.San Francisco Renaissance Voices is the San Francisco Bay Area's professional mixed-voice a cappella vocal ensemble dedicated to the music of the Renaissance and related periods. Since we began just nine years ago we have consistently earned praise for our "gossamer sound ... a sound something akin to spiritual levitation" as well as recognition for our imaginative programming and christened the Bay Area's"hipper than thou" Early Music ensemble by San Francisco Classical Voice. In 2010 SFWeekly chose us as "Best Classical Music" for their Best of San Francisco edition and said, "The SFRV performs [these] classics from the golden age of European polyphony the way they were meant to be heard: large ensemble voices lifting the soul for sacred moments. Living history doesn't get any better." .
Our Opera Early & Ancient series has garnered special recognition by critics and our audiences alike, and has included such works as our "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).
No "lion" ... don't wait another 800 years to catch our concerts of this rarely-performed piece!
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, conducting) with San Francisco Renaissance Dancers (Jennifer Meller, director)WHAT: Ludus Danielis (The Play of Daniel) an installment in our Opera Early & Ancient series
WHEN/WHERE: (Note - FOUR Concerts):
Saturday, June 22 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco (pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm)
Sunday, June 23 - 2:00 pm - Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon (no pre-concert talk for this date)
Saturday, June 29 - 8:00 pm - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto (pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm)
Sunday, June 30 - 4:00 pm - Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley (pre-concert talk at 3:15 pm)
WEBSITE: www.SFRVoices.org (please note - this is a new website address for our organization)
TICKETS: $30 General, $25 Student/Senior, $15 Children age 12 and under