Our Favorite Things – September 2009

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The men of Clerestory invite you to hear Our Favorite Things. Rarely do the members of a classical music group get to choose and lead their own programs from among their very own favorite pieces, and we hope you’ll enjoy hearing this music as much as we’ll enjoy performing it.

The singers’ “favorite things” span a wide range of music: Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony, the Renaissance masters, prominent modern composers like Debussy, Britten, and Poulenc, and folk songs ranging from poignant to playful. They include pieces like John Tavener’s “The Lamb” and Parry’s “Never Weather-Beaten Sail,” as well as little-heard gems from Josquin Desprez and Camille Saint-Saens — and a seven-part, wordless arrangement of “O Danny Boy” that we love!

Along with our usual venues in San Francisco and Berkeley, this concert set marks our debut in Palo Alto and in the Central Valley arts haven of Lodi, on the Arts at Saint John’s series. We are eager to expand our community of fans and friends here in our northern California home.

September marks the start of Clerestory’s fourth season; we look forward to sharing these favorites with you and to discovering more favorites together.

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