Our April concerts paired a moving work by George Frideric Handel, Dixit Dominus, with “The Rise of Humanity,” a new work by noted contemporary composer Stacy Garrop. The new work is the second part of a complete oratorio, Terra Nostra, which is premiering in phases over a one-year period, making an exciting journey for our audiences as well as for the composer, a Bay Area native, and the performers.
If you are looking for a musical home with an organization that is generated by the enormous creativity of the greater San Francisco community, you should consider auditioning. The Choral Society is a vibrant and innovative musical organization. In addition to a primary focus on historical literature for chorus and orchestra, the Choral Society has a vigorous program of commissioning new works and in recent years has done some staged pieces.
In November 2014 SF Choral premiered the first part of Stacy Garrop’s new oratorio for SF Choral and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Part II will premiere in April, with the entire new work receiving its first full performance in November, 2015. You can read about her approach to the creative process (and other aspects of her life and work as composer) on her blog. We share some excerpts from her posts as the SF Choral commission has progressed.