The Davis High School Madrigal Singers will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the stained-glass setting of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento.
This will be the third year that the Mads have been invited to give a spring concert at the cathedral. A free-will offering is requested. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: the Albie Carson Breast Cancer Foundation and the Wellspring Women’s Center.
On the program will be a sampler of short sacred works from different eras, including settings of “Salve Regina” by Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690), and of “Ave Maria” and “Kyrie” by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), and more.
“In March, we got to work on the Legrenzi with conductor Simon Carrington, who was at Yale for many years,” said Madrigals Director Karen Gardias. “Acalanes High School and Palo Alto High School were the others participating in that session.”
The choir will also sing two works by the popular contemporary choral composer Eric Whitacre, with whom the Madrigals have an association that has now extended over several years. The Madrigals got a chance to work with Whitacre in 2007, and the opportunity came again back in February when the Madrigals were in Southern California to attend the rehearsals for the Grammy Awards.
“Eric had moved to London last August, but he was up for Grammy,” Gardias said. “So while he was back in Southern California, he put together a choral workshop in Fullerton. Most of the participants in the workshop were college students, choir directors and other composers. We were just about the only high school group at that event.”
Soprano Jasmine Mould, a Davis High junior, said she is looking forward to singing composer Ralph Manuel’s “Alleluia.”
“It has a really beautiful meaning behind it,” Mould said.
Manuel is from Oklahoma City, and the a cappella piece became widely known after it was performed at a memorial service for those who died in the 1995 bombing there. Mould said she is also fond of the traditional Scottish tune “Loch Lomond,” which has been part of the Madrigals repertoire on a periodic basis for many years.
“I really like it, even though the boys are the ones who get to sing it,” Mould said.
Mould recently was picked by the Townsend Opera Company in Stockton to sing at a special performance for patrons. Mould performed a song in French by Reynaldo Hahn, as well as a selection by G.F. Handel.
Fans of the Madrigals also can support the group by downloading its recordings of Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby” and Gwyneth Walker’s “The Tree of Peace” — search for “Davis High School” on iTunes or Amazon.com.