Here we are in a new year.
Could it be that Volti’s performances of the music by Anne Hege and Danny Clay in the final months of 2020 was a harbinger of change, or perhaps part of the change itself?
We are beyond those performances, and the solstice, and every day dawns earlier and brighter.
What will be:
Our third mini-concert is upon us. Please join us on Saturday, February 13, at 5:30 PM Pacific time for the première of “Interdependence,” a new piece by Joel Chapman. You probably know Joel as one of our Volti basses; this is the first time he has composed for us, but he has been active in the Bay Area choral and musical theatre scene for several years. In “Interdependence,” he explores some ideas about how the pandemic may have changed our ideas about how we are interconnected, how much isolation has made us discover the many ways in which we need one another.
And a bit later in the Spring we will hear the première of our fourth and final commissioned work of the season, by the composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z.
We have learned a great deal in the past year. Forces of nature and human nature have combined to give us an opportunity to experience making music and life itself in new and different ways. Volti, like each of us, has adapted and become resilient and found ways to create. Thank you for making this possible.
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Volti – Singing without a net since 1979
For her Volti commission in 2009, Yu-Hui Chang set two poems by the wonderful poet Billy Collins. Click on the link below to listen to the second of the set. The full piece - "Being: Two Collins Songs" - is on the Volti CD "House of Voices." The CD title is taken from...
Composer, singer, bandleader and recording artist TED HEARNE (b.1982, Chicago) draws on a wide breadth of influences ranging across music's full terrain, to create intense, personal and multi-dimensional works. Ted composed Privilege for Volti in 2009, when he was the...
Ecstatic Meditations: No. 4. How God Answers the Soul by Aaron Jay Kernis “Ecstatic Meditations” is a set of four pieces by Aaron Jay Kernis, with texts by the medieval mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg. The National Endowment for the Arts has named this work one of 75...
“Graffiti Canons” was inspired by graffiti images (as the title implies). It is particularly effective to listen to it while watching the accompanying slide show (YouTube link below). Volti “discovered” Robert Paterson when he was our young composer in residence under...
It’s highly unusual for Volti to sing music written in 1930, but when you listen to this you’ll understand why. We sang this piece at the Bard Music West festival in 2018, “The World of Henry Cowell.” Movement 1, To an Unkind God https://youtu.be/qsFVlKz__cg ...
Pandora's Gift by Mark Winges Pandora’s Gift is a 35-minute-long staged choral piece composed by Mark Winges, premiered in May 2015 at Z Space in San Francisco by Volti and Ensemble from the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Libretto by Denise Newman; staging by...