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San Francisco Choral Artists
Music Among Friends   

Song NameComposer
The DanceRussel Burnham
Salve Regina David Childs
Charm Me AsleepDavid Conte
Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones Russel Burnham
Lolas Epitaph Henry Mollicone
Lie Lightly Gentle EarthPaul Chihara
Sound Of The Sea Robert Ward
The MarriageAllen Shearer
Vita De La Mia VitaWilliam Hawley
When You Are OldJohn Kelley
First And Last Kiss Paul Crabtree
It Is An Easy ThingRobert Starer
A Critical SuccessHerbert Bielava
Go Lovely Rose Halsey Stevens
Lovliest Of TreesKirke Mechem
The Gallant OneConrad Susa
The Kings Of The Deck Conrad Susa
LandscapeConrad Susa
O Little TownMariaAprahamian
In The Valley David Dusing
Awit Sa Panginoon Robin Estrada
Coventry CarolJerry Mueller

Directed by Magen Solomon

The SFCA has been delighting Bay Area audiences since 1985 with their perfectly-balanced blend of 24 voices, fresh and unusual song selection and elegant presentation of choral classics and new music by contemporary composers. Magen Solomon has been Music Director of the group since 1995, and she also directs the Oakland Symphony Chorus. "Music Among Friends" celebrates the ties of this chamber ensemble with the "lively community of local composers who have generously shared their wonderful music with us." 16 of these 22 works, chosen from live performances of the last 5 years, are by Bay Area composers, many are world premieres and several others have never been commercially recorded. Some of our favorites are a pair by Russell Burnham, "The Dance" and "Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones," Paul Chihara's "Lie Lightly, Gentle Earth," Allen Shearer's dissonant gem "The Marriage," John Kelley's poignant "When You Are Old," Paul Crabtree's "First and Last Kiss," Wm. Hawley's soaring "Vita de la mia vita," Robert Starey's surprising, powerful "It Is an Easy Thing," Kirke Mechem's beautiful "Loveliest of Trees," Halsey Stevens' "Go, Lovely Rose," Conrad Susa's "The Gallant One" and "The Kings of the Deck" and the lovely hymn, "In the Valley." There is occasional accompaniment, but mostly wonderful a cappella harmonies from this polished, talented ensemble. We loved every cut of "Music Among Friends!"

Item code: 8625C | 1 CD | $9.95 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | United States