SEASON 45 BEGINS!
Volti opens its 45th season of “singing without a net” with a concert of beautiful and groundbreaking contemporary music by a wonderfully diverse group of composers. Join us for an evening of music you’ve never heard, that you’ll never forget!
“Livro das Cores” (The Book of Colors) – the Bay Area premiere of a 2022 work by Brazilian composer Marcos Balter, setting texts by the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.
“Being: Two Collins Songs” — Volti reprises a 2010 commission from Yu-Hui Chang, setting two poems by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
“Words Cast Shadows” — Volti’s resident composer Mark Winges sets poetry by the “eloquent and exacting poet” Jane Hirshfield.
“a carol called love” — a new work from LJ White, a graduate of Volti’s young composer program, in which each singer chooses what words to sing from a large “text bank” of phrases all beginning with “I love …”
“nanuniku” — Singaporean composer Emily Koh remembers Teochew lullabies and nonsense words her grandparents used with her when she was a young child.
Volti is an instrument –
bridging ethnicities, cultures, and generations in our community and beyond.
As a dynamic vehicle for the musical expression of artistic and personal perspectives,
we give voice to each person’s unique contribution, and to the breadth of human experience,
through the power of voices combined.
We invite you – composers, listeners, singers – to join us
in the discovery of what it means to be a citizen of this world, at this critical moment in time.
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Zone Out with some of the most beautiful and meditative choral music written in the 21st century.
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Volti – Singing without a net since 1979
Paradise: IV. Lullaby by Shawn Crouch “Paradise” was originally composed for Chanticleer in 2009. Shawn Crouch substantially revised it for Volti in 2013. “Paradise” is based on the poems of poet Brian Turner, an Iraq War veteran, whose moving accounts of the war are...
Songs of Lowly Life: No. 4. Lullaby by Stacy Garrop “Songs of Lowly Life” (2011) was the result of Volti’s third commission to Stacy Garrop. Stacy chose to set five poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African-American poet to gain national and international...
LCCE + Volti perform Gregory Spears - The Tower and the Garden The Tower and the Garden is a deep meditation on themes of humanity and the environment, composed by Gregory Spears for voices and string quartet, with texts by Thomas Merton, Denise Levertov, and Keith...
Gratitude sutra by Forrest Pierce Thoughts about “Gratitude Sutra” from composer Forrest Pierce: During a period of grief, I found myself unable to compose. The work I had been attempting, a setting of St. Francis of Assisi’s Cantico delle Creature, required too much...