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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.
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.
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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