Youth and Music

October 20, 2018 – Acalanes High School, Lafayette, Saturday 7 PM

We’ll start off the season with a concert showcasing the wonderful young choirs from our Choral Institute for High School Singers. If you haven’t come to one of these joyous concerts, you’re missing a real treat.


The Tower and the Garden

Volti + Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Premieres

November 18, 2018 – Hillside Club, Berkeley, Sunday 7:30 PM
November 19, 2018 – SF Conservatory of Music, Monday 7:30 PM

GREGORY SPEARS is writing a major, 30-minute piece for voices and string quartet, called “The Tower and the Garden” – a setting of three poems juxtaposing the dangers of unchecked technological advancement (the tower) and the need for a place of refuge (the garden) in a world threatened by war and ecological disaster. Spears’s work has been called “astonishingly beautiful” (New York Times), “coolly entrancing” (The New Yorker), and “some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory” (The Boston Globe).

LAURIE SAN MARTIN, a current Guggenheim fellow and a professor of composition at UC Davis, has written a piece for voices, two oboes and cello – imagine that sound! – setting a mysterious story, “Witches,” by Lucy Corin.  “Three girls, maybe eight each, lean over a pothole of water, stirring with sticks. It’s hard to tell, because they’re frozen, although it’s summer…”


Completing the program are two works for the instrumentalists of Left Coast Chamber Ensemble:

  • Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet, op. 2
  • Addie Camsuzou New Work for Oboes and Strings WORLD PREMIERE*

*Addie Camsuzou’s new work is made possible by generous support from the Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund



Path of Miracles

In collaboration with ODC/Dance, choreographed by KT Nelson

Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019 – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Three to five performances planned, exact dates and times TBA

“… by the time the performance was over, we were so euphoric that we floated out of the place.”
– Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle.

Join Volti and the incredible dancers of ODC/Dance on this stunning recreation of the pilgrimage across Spain, the Camino de Santiago, during “Spacious Grace,” when Grace Cathedral pushes its pews out of the way to create a huge performance space with gorgeous acoustics. If you missed it last year, here’s your chance.


40th Anniversary Gala and CD Release Party

May 4, 2019 – Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco

We’ll release a spectacular new CD, featuring music by Robin Estrada, Tonia Ko, Zibuokle Martinaityte, Forrest Pierce, and our own Mark Winges, and we’ll invite those composers and others to celebrate with us. The champagne will flow, the music will be great — Join us for one heck of a party to mark our Fabulous 40th!


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