2019-2020 Season Schedule
The Living Harmony Concert Series brings world-renowned artists to Silicon Valley to explore the human condition through the transformative power of music. Previous performers have include The Queen’s Six; The American Harp Society; Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; and the chamber choir Convivium. All events are held at Christ Episcopal Church.
Red Priest: Truly Madly Baroque
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, performing from memory with swashbuckling virtuosity, heart-on-sleeve emotion and compelling stagecraft. With a repertoire that ranges from obscure 17th century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi, Red Priest has been described by critics as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’, ‘wholly irreverent and highly enlightened’, ‘completely wild and deeply imaginative’, with a ‘red-hot wicked sense of humour’ and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music’.
Red Priest will perform their new program, Truly Madly Baroque.
From Earth to Sky: Choral Landscapes
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Under the direction of founding director Eric Tuan, the Silicon Valley chamber choir Convivium has become known for its innovative programming, vibrant sound, and expansive approach to the concert experience. The ensemble's fall program explores choral depictions of the natural world from Estonia, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, and India. Revel in Veljo Tormis's haunting Autumn Landscapes, which portray the beauty of the Estonian countryside in fall. We will also explore the mystery of the German forest in partsongs by Fanny Hensel; meditate on the beauty of water in Eleanor Daley's The Lake Isle of Innisfree; and journey far and near in the music of Melissa Dunphy, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Gustav Holst, Meredith Monk, and A.R. Rahman.
The American Harp Society: A Harp Extravaganza
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Please join us for an enchanting and entertaining afternoon as we ring in the holidays with a concert with more than 20 harps featuring the Silicon Valley Adult and Youth Harp Ensembles. Music from Tchaikovsky to Bizet, with guest dance performers and an opportunity for you to try the harp. All ages welcome!
A Service of Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Celebrate the season with this beloved seasonal program of Advent and Christmas music, based on the legendary service at King's College, Cambridge. The Christ Church Parish Choir and Ventana School Choristers will offer a selection of classic and contemporary carols spanning 500 years, interwoven with readings, poetry, and organ music. Don't miss the opportunity to sing along with your favorite carols!
Friday, January 31, 2020
Once in a generation does a performer come along who can change the face of the genre. Previously confined by the limitations of the instrument, classical guitar legend Paul Galbraith personally designed a revolutionary new eight-string instrument, allowing him to push his repertoire and expressiveness beyond all limitations with an unsurpassed dexterity. The Sunday Times of London hailed his, “amazing clarity and a huge dynamic range, . . . the audience was held spellbound.”
Galbraith will perform music by Bach, Haydn, Scriabin and Albeniz.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Spanish Brass is one of the top brass quintets on the international scene today. A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).
Spanish Brass will perform music by Bach, Charlie Chaplin, Villa-Lobos, Leonard Bernstein, Spanish music, a French chanson and more.
Lost Innocence: Choral Music for Passiontide
Friday, April 10, 2020
Under the direction of founding director Eric Tuan, the Silicon Valley chamber choir Convivium has become known for its innovative programming, vibrant sound, and expansive approach to the concert experience. This recital of choral music for Passiontide interweaves the impassioned Tenebrae Responsories of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria with excerpts from Craig Hella Johnson's powerful oratorio Considering Matthew Shepherd, which depicts the life and murder of the Wyoming college student who became an icon for LGBTQ+ rights.