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Pacific Mozart Ensemble Press release

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  • jdhale1arr@netscape.net
    I am posting this because most of the music is a cappella, and even though the second concert includes an orchestra, it should be fascinating to anyone into
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 26, 2001
      I am posting this because most of the music is a cappella, and even though
      the second concert includes an orchestra, it should be fascinating to
      anyone into choral repertoire. Also, to be strictly truthful to this
      group, there is a non-a cappella moment near the end of the first concert.
      It will be a surprise to the rest of the audience, but now you folks know.

      Pacific Mozart Ensemble announces 2001 - 2002 Season

      December 1st & 2nd 2001 Holiday Concert
      March 2002 "Music of the Skies" aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet
      and at SF International Airport Museum
      June 2002 "A Cappella Jazz & Pop -- Still Unplugged"

      14 November 2001 - BERKELEY, CA: Northern California's most innovative chorus
      announces a novel program in surprising places. "Music Of The Skies" will be
      performed on the hangar deck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet and at the
      Museum of Aviation in San Francisco Airport's new International Terminal.

      These unusual venues have been chosen to present a celebration of the 75th
      anniversaries of the historic flight of Charles Lindbergh and the opening of
      San Francisco Airport. The concerts will feature a recreation of the Kurt
      Weill/Berthold Brecht radio drama Der Lindberghflüg, broadcast in 1929. Also
      on the program are works by Meredith Monk and Philip Glass.

      The season opens with a Holiday Concert December 1st (San Francisco) and 2nd
      (Berkeley) featuring the music of John Tavener, and concludes with the
      Ensemble's twenty-year tradition of the annual A Cappella Jazz and Pop series
      on May 31, June 1, 7 and 9.

      "This season we will recreate a unique moment in which the history of aviation,
      broadcasting, and music came together," said Ensemble founder and director
      Richard Grant. "As in the original broadcast, we will have narration in three
      languages. The melodramatic texts of Brecht, in which the chorus and soloists
      become the voices of the City of New York and the fog and the ocean, and the
      heroic pilot converses with his engine, are set by Weill using his trademark
      cabaret-style orchestrations".

      The December concerts combine traditional literature with the dramatic
      liturgical settings of the contemporary British composer John Tavener, who
      wrote the major work performed at the funeral of Princess Diana. Tavener,
      whose name is often mixed up in record stores with his 16th Century predecessor
      John Taverner, is the most celebrated of current classical composers in Britain,
      but his haunting Byzantine-influenced works are rarely heard on the US concert
      stage. His settings of the traditional Magnificat and other seasonal texts are
      theatrical, multi-chorus extravaganzas of vocal power and drama.

      Also on the program are works that demonstrate the Ensemble's eclectic taste and
      stylistic flexibility, including Poulenc's Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël,
      Randall Thompson's Alleluia, Britten's In The Bleak Mid-Winter, and a Bay Area
      premiere of Dawn, a new work by Meredith Monk. Known for its unusual ability to
      be equally comfortable in the jazz idiom as in the traditional classical
      repertoire, the Ensemble will also perform several Phil Mattson arrangements of
      traditional carols.

      In March, the Ensemble will present three performances of Music of the Skies to
      commemorate 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight, and
      the 75th birthdays of both the Oakland Airport and San Francisco International
      Airport. The concerts will feature a collaboration with the San Francisco
      Airport Museum of Aviation and the aircraft carrier USS Hornet Museum to
      the historic radio broadcast of the Kurt Weill/Berthold Brecht Der Lindberghflüg
      ("The Flight of Lindbergh"). Via relays from Berlin Radio, the BBC, and Radio
      Paris broadcast this "radio cantata" celebrating the aviator's heroic solo
      from New York to Paris in 1927. The original German language broadcast,
      on steel tape, is believed to be the earliest surviving broadcast from
      continental Europe.

      This melodramatic setting for orchestra, chorus and soloists features Weill's
      unique cabaret orchestrations. Weill's dramatic radio play for orchestra,
      and soloists was broadcast with narration in German, French, and English, as it
      was heard in Germany, France, and England. This original version of the work,
      created for the Baden-Baden Music Festival of 1929, contained several movements
      by Paul Hindemith, subsequently replaced by Weill with his own. PME's
      will recreate the three-language narration, but will use the revised musical

      Also included in the "aviation-themed" program will be Vessels from the Philip
      Glass score to the film Koyaanisqatsi. This virtuosic eight-minute work will
      be performed with a screening of the dramatic telephoto airplane excerpt from
      original film. The program also features Meredith Monk's Astronaut Anthem -
      the Ensemble presented in its West Coast concert premiere in 1992 - to
      the USS Hornet's role in the Apollo program. PME has played a pivotal role in
      introduction of live performance of Ms. Monk's music in the Bay Area, having
      presented the West Coast premieres of many of her works, and the Ensemble paved
      the way for her music to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony.

      The aircraft carrier Hornet, permanently moored at Alameda, will provide a
      dramatic setting for the March 8th performance. The largest and most decorated
      vessel in WWII, the Hornet also made history when she retrieved the first men to
      walk on the moon.

      "The two-inch thick steel decks in the ship's hangar deck make a grand acoustic
      space" says Grant. "And the setting couldn't be more appropriate to celebrate
      history of flight."

      The March 9th concert will take place at San Francisco's War Memorial Green
      March 10 will see the Ensemble at the San Francisco International Airport. The
      completion of the San Francisco Airport's new International Terminal, with its
      Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, creates an opportunity to present this concert
      a historically appropriate venue. The museum is a two-thirds scale re-creation
      many elements of the passenger waiting room of the 1937 San Francisco Airport
      Administration Building.

      "This space is ideal for the concert, not only because of the visual and
      properties of it marble surfaces," says Grant, "but also because the dramatic
      staircase and mezzanine provide perfect positions for the chorus and soloists."

      PME continues its 20-year tradition of sold-out annual a cappella performances
      jazz, pop, doo wop, and other inspirations with its a cappella jazz and pop
      concerts. The concerts are May 31, June 1, 7 and 9.


      A Cappella Holiday Concerts

      Saturday, December 1, 7:30pm
      Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush Street @ Gough, San Francisco

      Sunday, December 2, 5:00pm
      St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way @ Ellsworth, Berkeley

      Music of the Skies

      Friday, March 8, 7:30pm
      Aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, Pier 3. Alameda Point, Alameda

      Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm
      The Green Room in The Veterans Bldg., 401 Van Ness @ McAllister, SF

      Sunday, March 10, 5pm
      The Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum at the SF International Airport
      (SE corner of the new international terminal level lobby)

      A Cappella Jazz and Pop

      Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, 7:30pm
      St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

      Friday, June 7, 7:30pm
      Green Room at The Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave. @ McAllister, SF

      Sunday, June 9, 5pm
      The Crowden School, 1475 Rose Street @ Sacramento, Berkeley

      Season subscriptions and tickets for individual performances can be obtained by
      calling (415) 705-0848, or FAXing (415) 550-8934. Season subscription prices
      are $48 ; $36 student/senior. Single ticket prices are $20; $15 student/senior.
      Call for special group rates. For more information on The Pacific Mozart
      Ensemble, please access the web at www.pacificmozart.org.
      Jim Hale, B. A., M. S.
      guitarist, singer, arranger
      a cappella specialist
      developer of VoiceView

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