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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.

The evening concerts begin February 12 at 7:30 p.m. and run monthly on the second Sunday of each month. Tickets are an affordable $20 each, available from Brown Paper Tickets online, or at the door.

March 12, 2017: Vajra Voices and Friends
Remembered Migrations: Voices of Women in Medieval to Modern Song

Seven-voice women's ensemble Vajra Voices soars in an ambitious vocal performance unlike any other. Titled "Remembered Migrations" this daring presentation bridges the inner lives of women from as far flung eras and places as medieval France, 20th century Appalachia,12th century China, and contemporary works inspired by those voices and more. The styles are similarly diverse, from the motets and chansons to familiar folk to vocal abstractions. Woven throughout is a journey into the alchemy of the human spirit. The concert premieres a new vocal work from composer Theresa Wong based on the 12th century poetry of Taoist Sister Sun Bu’er, and also new works by multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen who joins the ensemble for this performance.
Since their debut in the 2010 Berkeley Festival, Vajra Voices has delighted audiences on concert series throughout Northern California. In 2014 Vajra Voices was honored to sing for the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women ministers in the Episcopal Church which was held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

In addition to holding degrees from leading music schools, including Indian University, Case Western, and Stanford University, members have studied privately in the studio of ensemble director Karen R. Clark, who has served as faculty on many workshop series, to include, Chanticleer, the San Francisco Early Music Society, and the Madison Festival, and has coached ensembles such as the Seattle Medieval Women's Choir, UC Berkeley Chamber Singers, and Tinctoris Five at Stanford University.

Tickets may be purchased online in advance. Space is limited.

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: Vadalma (Wild Apple)
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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Past Concerts

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.

Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter have performed with some of the biggest names in folk and acoustic music and have sold well over a million albums combined. Audiences are spellbound and enchanted with their unique show of breathtaking music both Traditional and original, with wondrous stories and humor entwined.

Lisa Lynne has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She specializes in Traditional acoustic folk and rare instruments and is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies that transcend category and genre on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.

Aryeh Frankfurter’s musical endeavors began at the age of three when he undertook classical training on the violin. His progress enabled him to study under various master violinists, including concert master of the Chicago Symphony. He participated both as a violinist and violist in a series of chamber music ensembles under the tutelage of internationally renown cellist, Bonnie Hampton, pianist Nathan Schwartz, teachers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the late violinist Ann Crowden of the Crowden School of music in Berkeley, CA. Aryeh’s musical development led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres, particularly Celtic folk music. At the age of fifteen Aryeh was introduced to the Celtic harp, an instrument which has become the focal point of his musical inspiration and expression. Over the interceding years Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments including electric violin, viola, cello, guitar, cittern, mandolin, lap dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, bowed and plucked psaltry, penny whistle, baroque flute, recorder, percussion and more recently the Swedish Nyckelharpa. He works full time as both a performer and audio engineer. He has 18 albums to his credit and two books. He tours full time as a solo artist, with Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours.