Santa Cruz Chorale brings “The New Choir” to Holy Cross Church
Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. Holy Cross Church, 123 High Street, Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz Chorale welcomes “The New Choir” to Santa Cruz in an invitational concert of music evoking the eternal conversation between the Creator and the Created in “A Dialogue of Heaven and Earth.”
From our praise of the creator and our conversations with each other, to the revelations found in nature, we seek to understand and embrace the meaning of creation and our place in it.
Drawing on the rich repertoire of the 19th to 21st centuries, and the diverse musical styles of composers from Europe and Asia, we explore the soundscape of the universe from the message of angels in “Angelus Domini” by Rheinberger, and our reply in “Cantate Domino” by Latvian composer, Vytautas Miškinis. We find guidance in Stanford’s “Beati Quorum Via.” We learn about ourselves by observing nature in the “Chansons” of Hindemith, the quiet contemplation of “Aftonen” by Hugo Alfven, and the sounds of the night becoming day in “Dawning Dusk” by the young Indonesian composer, Ken Steven. All comes together in the mesmerizing contemplation of “Stars” by Estonian composer Ērics Ešenvalds.
The New Choir, founded in August 2000 by Artistic Director, Eileen Chang, is an auditioned chamber choir, recognized for its performances of creative, diverse and thoughtfully prepared programs of quality choral literature of all genres and periods of music. The choir receives frequent requests to perform in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2006, the choir was honored to perform at the Western Division convention of the American Choral Directors Society and, in 2016, received a Golden Diploma at the Golden State Chorale Trophy Competition in Monterey.
The New Choir is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose activities are funded through tax-deductible donations from individual supporters, concert ticket sales, and a grant from the Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership with the county of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council.
More information about the choir and its season schedule may be found at the choir’s website: www.newchoir.org.
Artistic Director and Conductor, Eileen Chang, studied voice at California State University Long Beach, and received her Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she sang with the Westminster Choir and studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt.
Chang was a guest conductor of the California Music Educators Association Central California Middle School Honor Choir festival in 2016 and has also served as Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Jose and Daesung Korean Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale.
The Santa Cruz Chorale, a community based non-profit organization founded in 1983, performs a wide-ranging repertoire including works from the 14th century through music of the 21st century.