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Vocal Valentine: Concerts by VOCI Women's Choral Ensemble

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    Please forward the following to your e-mail friends and colleagues: Lovers of beautiful voices, check this out!!! VOCI Womens Choral Ensemble presents A VOCAL
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2001
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      Please forward the following to your e-mail friends
      and colleagues:

      Lovers of beautiful voices, check this out!!!

      VOCI Womens Choral Ensemble presents


      As Valentines Day draws near, VOCI Womens Choral
      Ensemble presents a sumptuous musical feast for Bay
      Area classical music lovers. Divine love is often
      seen as divorced from the senses, but in these
      concerts, called From the fixed place in Heaven she
      saw Time, this critically acclaimed performance group
      celebrates the marriage of sacred and secular themes
      in a varied program of choral works from the Medieval,
      Renaissance, Post-Romantic, and 20th-Century periods.
      Performances will take place in San Francisco, the
      East Bay, and Contra Costa County:

      From the fixed place in Heaven she saw Time
      A concert celebrating the Sensuous Divine

      Jude Navari, Artistic Director
      Paul Caccamo, Piano; Jennifer Ashworth, Soprano
      Works by Debussy, Holst, Obrecht, Hildegard, Egert,
      and Lew

      Saturday, February 3, 2001, 7 PM, Faithful Fools
      Street Ministry Benefit Performance and Reception,
      First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187
      Franklin Street (at Geary), San Francisco.
      Tickets: $25 (no one will be turned away).
      Tickets available by calling 415/474-0508 or at the

      Sunday, February 4, 2001, 4 PM, St. Marks
      Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
      Tickets: $20/$17/$15. Discount for groups of 10
      or more. Call 415/982-6425 or available at the door.

      Saturday, February 10, 2001, 2 PM, Dean Lesher
      Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive,
      Walnut Creek. Tickets: $20/$17/$15. Discount
      for groups of 10 or more. Tickets available at the
      Regional Center for the Arts Box Office:
      925/943-SHOW (7469).

      These concerts are supported in part by grants
      from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation,
      Alameda County Art Commission, The East Bay
      Foundation Health Community Fund, and
      The California Arts Council.

      VOCI has a daring repertoire and a gorgeous sound,
      says one admirer. They arent afraid to try new
      things. Even the more traditional music tends to be a
      bit less well-known, so that when you hear it its
      like discovering treasures so intimate you want to
      share them with loved ones.
      This seasons treasures include Claude Debussys
      breathtaking La Demoiselle Elue, which is a setting
      of Dante Gabriel Rosettis famous poem describing an
      erotically charged vision of Heaven; Jacob Obrechts
      Missa De Tous Biens Playne, a mass based on the
      music of a secular courtly-love song;
      Gustav Holsts wild and thrilling Hymn to Dionysus,
      in which the gods female followers sing his praises
      and celebrate their orgiastic religious rituals; and
      Hildegard of Bingens transcendent work, O Ignis
      Spiritus. New works by Nina Egert and Nathaniel Lew
      will also be performed.
      The passion of the music itself is echoed by the
      passionate, full-spectrum beauty of the VOCI sound.
      Now in its tenth year, VOCI continues to push the
      envelope by singing both early and contemporary
      classical music, much of it by women composers.

      MISSION: VOCI. a nonprofit arts organization, was
      formed in 1991 by a core group of enthusiastic singers
      committed to performing choral music for women and
      dedicated to musical excellence in the performance of
      new and innovative music within the classical choral
      tradition, especially by women composers. MUSICAL
      HISTORY: Major repertoire accomplishments include
      Palestrinas Magnificat, a concert of all-French
      composers, works of Viennese masters, and an
      East-meets-West concert featuring music of Bulgaria,
      Latvia, and Asia. VOCIs more recent focus on
      20th-century music includes newly commissioned works
      and rarely performed music from Persichetti, Poulenc,
      Thomson, Britten, and Bay Area composer Mark Winges,
      as well as music of the Holocaust narrated by Corey
      Fisher of A Traveling Jewish Theater. Championing
      women composers, VOCI has sung works by Gwyneth
      Walker, Felicia Sandler, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Thea
      Musgrave, and Libby Larsen.
      VARIETIES OF VENUES: By Invitation: VOCI has
      performed by invitation in numerous music series,
      including San Francisco Performances at Six, Old First
      Concerts, Noe Valley Chamber Music, and the Spring
      Choral Series at St. Gregory Nyssen. By Initiation:
      VOCI self-produces at least two concerts per year for
      Bay Area audiences. In Collaboration: VOCI has
      collaborated in performances with the San Francisco
      Chamber Singers and Berkeley Opera. Benefit
      Performances: Proceeds from the December 1991 concert
      were donated to a relief fund for the victims of the
      Oakland firestorm. This seasons first concert, on
      February 3rd, is a benefit for the Faithful Fools
      Street Ministry, which helps the homeless of San
      Franciscos Tenderloin District regain their dignity
      in material, social, and spiritual ways.
      ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Now in his second season with
      VOCI, Director Jude Navari is known throughout the Bay
      Area as a conductor, composer, accompanist, and
      singer. With a Ph.D. in Composition from the
      University of California, Berkeley, and studies in
      conducting with Marika Kuzma and Jung Ho Pak, Jude has
      worked with the Berkeley Opera, Westwind International
      Folk Ensembles Westwind Voices, and conducted
      premieres of new works for the Berkeley New Music
      Project by graduate student composers. A former
      co-director of Ars Subtilior, a vocal ensemble
      dedicated to performing Medieval and contemporary
      music, he is currently the Artistic Director for the
      Sacramento Mens Chorus and performs in the
      Renaissance vocal music ensemble, Vox Populi, as well
      as conducting VOCI.


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