Anthony Davis: TANIA
“An opera of Abduction and Revolution”
Libretto by Michael John LaChiusa
Performed by Episteme; Rand Steiger, Conductor (KOCH 3-7467-2 HI)
Based on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army, this provocative work explores the nature of personal freedom and power.
Christmas by the Bay
San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Vance George, conductor (DELOS 3238)
Includes traditional carols from many countries, Renaissance motets to Irving Berlin, and new works composed especially for the Symphony Chorus. Nominated for a Grammy in “Best Classical Crossover Album”
So Gracious is the Time: An American Christmas
San Francisco Choral Artists; Magen Solomon, music director
An eclectic selection of works from the last two and a half centuries combines beloved classics, fresh and original settings of traditional melodies, and some of the Choral Artists’ favorite (and previously unrecorded) works of SF Bay Area composers.
VOLTI: More new directions in American choral music
House of Voices
Volti: Robert Geary, artistic director (INNOVA 834)
Six 21st-century works from American composers of dazzling range and diversity, including five Volti commissions.
This is What Happened
Volti: Robert Geary, artistic director (INNOVA 964)
More in Volti’s series of adventurous 21st-century American choral works.
Pilgrimage: Music from the Shrine of St. Francis
The Scola Cantorum; John Renke, music director
A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco, the oldest non-mission church in California, featuring exquisite choral music from the Renaissance to the present day.