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Second Sundays Concert Series - 2017"Pilgrims of the Heart"
The striving human heart across lands and time.
The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco hosts a music concert series as unique as its historic setting!
Hear classic, traditional and original musical expressions of the struggles and joys of our common strivings, roaming from eastern and western Europe, the Near East, all the way to settlers in the new world. Most of the performers in this series embody that spirit, heirs of a wandering legacy, some from distant lands themselves, performing for audiences on many continents in many cultures, and so are ambassadors of the human spirit around the globe, sharing, and learning, as they journey with an open heart. Come, and be refreshed with what we share together.
February 12, 2017: Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter - Weaving Worlds
A multi-instrumentalist duo with Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Bouzouki, Cittern and more. Their music travels seamlessly from Ireland to Sweden, Norway, and to traditions further east and includes many acclaimed enchanting original compositions.
March 12, 2017: Vajra Voices with Shira Kammen, and Theresa Wong
Remembered Migrations: Voices of Women in Medieval to Modern Song
Inspired by the stories of women, this program weaves the medieval troubadours with more recent folk traditions to include American traditional music, including, arrangements of songs by Jean Ritchie, and Bob Dylan. Featuring premieres of new works by Shira Kammen and Theresa Wong.
This amazing vocal ensemble enchanted us with the ecstatic music of Hildegard von Bingen and Guillaume de Machaut in October, moving some in the audience to tears. We welcome them back this year as a larger 7-member ensemble plus two virtuoso instrumentalist accompaniment. A powerful evening of musicianship and moving song like no other.
April 9, 2017: Black Cedar Trio
A Path Less Trod
A rare mix of flute, guitar and cello make for unconventional instrumentation of classics and traditional ethnic folk melodies, more contemporary, commissioned original works inspired by all of the above, that by turns are touching, moody or just plain inventive fun. Expect the unexpected with hints of familiarity when these talented musicians turn from Elizabethan ballad or Bach Sonata to driving gypsy rhythm and jazz improvisations.
May 14, 2017: Valdama (Wild Apples)
Ballads, Dances and Laments
Travel from the Carpathian Mountains to the villages of the Danube Valley through authentic Hungarian songs styled with both innovative and traditional instrumentation that is soulful and passionate. By turns heart-rending and dance-reveling, the “outrageous fiddling” and penetrating cello accompaniment to singer Zina Bozzay’s achingly-touching songs bare the Carpathian heart.
June 11, 2017: VNote Ensemble
Ballads, Dances and Laments
Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations,The VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. Original compositions, keen arrangements and great musicianship blend together to deliver a unique musical sound.
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