New Perspectives, Season 56, 2019–2020

2019–2020 Season

Buddy James Welcome to an exciting new era in Bay Area choral performance! We invite you to meet our new Artistic Director, Buddy James, a longtime fan of Schola with fresh and exciting ideas for our 2019–2020 season.

Jazz and Big Band lovers won’t want to miss our first concert of the season, when we introduce you to Duke Ellington’s rarely-performed Sacred Concert. It’s infused with jazz, sacred themes and even includes a tap dancer!

The holiday season concert is a fresh look at this magical holiday, with a performance of Kirke Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas, harp music and, of course, our delightful audience holiday carol sing-along!

Our third concert, titled Into the West, includes music from, and inspired by, the Great American West Coast. We’ll perform Whitacre’s charming Goodnight Moon, and Come to the Woods by Jake Runestad, based on the writings of John Muir. Also featured is the world premiere of a work by Eric Tuan, using text by this year’s winner of Schola Cantorum’s Poetry Contest, and much more.

Our final concert of Season 56 features thrilling performance of Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn. This massive piece, sung in English, features double chorus, four soloists and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum. You’ll be inspired to hear Schola’s confidence and power as the great oratorio choir audiences have come to love.

Sing with Schola!

Are you interested in singing with Schola Cantorum? Come rehearse with us on Monday night, September 9, and see whether you like it! We start at 7:15 pm at Los Altos United Methodist Church. No reservation needed. Schola Cantorum is open to adult, musically skilled singers from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

Poetry Contest

for local high school students

Schola Cantorum gratefully acknowledges the many talented local high school students who submitted poems to our 2019-2020 Poetry Contest. The entry period for this season’s poem submissions ended on September 27th. The submitted poems will now be forwarded to our judges and the ten finalists will be notified by email in January. The winning poem will be set to music and will be performed during our first 2020 concert set, Into the West, featuring music from and about the West Coast.

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