Sunday, July 27, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis Chorale moves to Brunelle for Saturday concert featuring classics, recent works

By
From page A7 | April 03, 2013 |

That’s the ticket

What: Davis Chorale, performing Bach, Mozart and two recent compositions by Ola Gjeilo

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

Tickets: $15 general, $10 students, $20 for priority seating, available from Chorale members; at Watermelon Music, 207 E St.; or at the door

The Davis Chorale, directed by Alison Skinner, will sing several large choral compositions at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13. For the first time, the group will perform in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

Skinner said the move to the Brunelle hall is partly motivated by a desire to present the choir on a more spacious stage. The hall also seats upwards of 500 people — roughly double the capacity of the local churches where the Davis Chorale has performed in recent years — so there will be one concert on Saturday, rather than two performances on consecutive days.

“We have been playing to capacity audiences in the churches, so we are hoping we can get that combined crowd for a single performance in a larger hall,” Skinner said. “We’ve been planning this for about a year.”

On the program will be two classics from the past — J. S. Bach’s Cantata 196 (“Der Herr denket an uns”) and Mozart’s Missa Brevis, K. 192 — plus two recent compositions by composer Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Ola Yaylo), who was born in Norway in 1978, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York.

Bach and Mozart need no introduction as composers.

“This Bach cantata has a beautiful soprano solo, and a nice duet for tenor and bass, and some fabulous choruses for the choir, including a double fugue, which makes it a fun work for the choir to do, because fugues are fun to sing,” Skinner said.

“The Mozart does what we might expect in a sacred piece of that era, but because it’s Mozart, it’s surprising as well. The Agnus Dei is particularly interesting, and then it ends in a lovely, lilting Dona Nobis Pacem.”

The two compositions by Gjeilo — “Dark Night of the Soul” (2010) and “Luminous Night of the Soul” (2011) — are especially demanding with their driving, ever-changing, often uneven rhythms and layered textures, which produce effects of sensuous, glowing beauty.

“Dark Night of the Soul” uses an English translation of a poem by the St. John of the Cross, a Spanish mystic and saint who lived in the 1500s.

“Gjeilo uses the choir and the piano rhythmically and energetically … the music has a pulsing feature, a neat sound,” Skinner said. “The text sounds almost like a love poem, very musical and sensual. It is all about desire, and divine love, and trying to get to this state of grace.”

She added that Gjeilo’s music is increasingly popular in choral music circles, but probably will be new to most Davis-area listeners. She thinks his music will appeal to general audiences as well as devotees of more traditional choral music.

According to the composer’s notes, ” ‘Dark Night’ and ‘Luminous Night’ are influenced by a wish to feature the piano more heavily in choral music, not just as generic, unassuming accompaniment, but as an equal partner to the choir, aided and supported by the string quartet. Though most of all, I just wanted to find ways to compose lush, warm, symphonic-sounding music, while still only scoring for five instruments, in addition to the choir.”

Joining in the performance will be a string quartet and organ or piano. The chorale’s longtime, versatile and much acclaimed accompanist, Ellen Schinnerer Deffner, will be at the keyboards, supported by Dagenais Smiley (violin 1), Kate LaRiviere Homer (violin 2), Gay Currier (viola) and Dan Barker (cello).

The four vocal soloists on the program are all active in the Bay Area with wide-ranging opera and choral engagements. Soprano Carol Kessler, the daughter of Chorale founder Rachel Kessler, had her career start here in Davis, performing in the Davis High Madrigals and Orchestra.

Mezzo-soprano Tania Mannion is music director at Winters High School. Tenor Matthew Curtis recently performed with the Grammy award-winning Chanticleer, where he held the position of assistant music director. Baritone Tom Serene sang for several seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and is a current member of the Choir of Men & Boys of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 for students, and $20 for priority seating. They may be purchased in advance from Chorale members and at Watermelon Music, 207 E St. in Davis, or at the door.

Comments

comments

.

News

Zombies by rail: It’s not just a show, it’s a trip

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Fatal Covell Boulevard crash recalled in court

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

Humphrey Fellows will host Global Forum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Community gardens stretch food dollars, study finds

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Rairdan joins race for Davis school board

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

New ordinance aims to prevent nut thefts from orchards

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Luna family matriarch turns 100

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
 
Discussion of oil by rail EIR planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Mace Innovation Center is focus of meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Freeway crash injures two drivers

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Affordable housing forum planned in Davis

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Protesters gather at Primate Center

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

 
State awards $40,000 for historic property survey

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A8

Free blood pressure screenings offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Vanguard hosts economic development director

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Get a sneak peek at documentary trailer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Davis Chamber Choir sings short summer program

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A9

 
At the Pond: From Davis, it’s easy to get back to nature

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Tickets on sale now for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Forum

Feels like a million miles away

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

 
Here’s what you need for a perfect wedding

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Check doctors’ vitals before they check yours

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Husband’s let himself go

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

 
Questions on water rights

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

Campus turns on the tap

By Our View | From Page: A16

 
So, what’s in a week’s worth of waste?

By Michelle Millet | From Page: A16

Pat Oliphant cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A16

 
Golf tourney was a big success

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16

We can do more to help

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

 
New playground is wonderful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

Just Us in Davis: Little Rock Nine hero to celebrate with Davis youths

By Jann L. Murray-Garcia | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Nibali set to cruise to Tour victory

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Companies will collaborate on crop insect control

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

 
Developer’s commitments: affordable and green

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13 | Gallery

Lagerstrom represents Davis at Mary Kay seminar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
UC Davis Health System earns ‘Most Wired’ award

By Charles Casey | From Page: A15

Bartholomew hires new associate

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A15

Go back to school with Great Clips

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
.

Obituaries

Carlton Hope Meister

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Jonathan Eric Hollander

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A6