The Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME) is starting its 23rd
season with some very ambitious projects planned, and
we need strong singers to make it possible. Although
we do occasional concerts with orchestras, most of our
repertoire is a cappella, which is why I am posting
The featured piece in our all-a-cappella December
concerts will be the 40-part motet "Spem in Alium" by
Thomas Tallis. Eight quintets of S, S/A, A/T, Bar, and
B surround the audience for a spectacular antiphonal
effect. The quintets are truly independent, and each
one sings alone from time to time. We could use a
couple of second basses and some tenors or low altos
Our March concert set commemorates the simultaneous
75th anniversaries of Charles Lindbergh's flight and
the opening of the San Francisco International Airport.
We will perform both at SFO (the museum at the new
International Terminal), and on the hangar deck of the
USS Hornet in Alameda. Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
wrote a piece in the mold of "Mahagonny" for orchestra,
chorus and solos to celebrate Lindbergh's
accomplishment. The premiere in 1927 was the first
intercontinental radio broadcast in history. The
SF airport, the Hornet, and PME are co-producing the
concert with help (we hope) from the Kurt Weill
As always, we conclude the season with the a cappella
jazz and pop concerts in late May and early June,
where members form small groups, come up with charts,
and compete with each other for spots in the show.
In order to afford these projects, PME is holding a
fundraising event on Oct. 6 at Bryan Matheson's
iMusicast studio on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. The
best tunes from the past six years of our annual a
cappella jazz and pop concerts will be performed.
Normally we sing purely accoustically, but this time,
we will be miked. There will be excellent food and
drink donated by local purveyors such as Kermit
Lynch, Lagunitas Brewing, and Santa Fe Bistro.
Read about our fundraiser and how to schedule an
audition at our website www.pacificmozart.org. We
are already rehearsing, so if you can audition this
Monday, that would be ideal.
(Note to BAAC: For comps to the December, March, and
June concerts, contact me at jdhale1arr@...