SEASON 24 :: 2019-20
WINTER’S GIFTS: Spirit
The Choral Project and the San José Chamber Orchestra present their 15th annual concert collaboration “Winter’s Gifts,” revolving around the theme of “spirit.” The concert features works by a star-studded roster of composers, including Dominick Argento’s resplendent “Gloria” (from The Masque of Angels), Adrian Peacock’s rousing “Venite, Gaudete,” and John Paynter’s other-worldly composition “The Rose,” as well as gems by local favorite composers include Brent Heisinger’s “Walk Within Winter,” Michael Touchi’s arrangement of “Ocho Kandelikas,” Anica Galindo’s “Swept Away,” and a special work in memory of Jessye Norman. The concert also features the world premiere of “Tapestry of Life” by conductor Daniel Hughes on the subject of our interconnectedness. Guest artists include mezzo-soprano Malin Fritz and pianist Donna Stoering. The concerts will take place at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara, as well as in a new location in Palo Alto at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.
ART OF SOUND: Oceans of Songs
Always rich with magnificent choral works that span several styles and cultures, the repertoire for this season’s ART OF SOUND :: OCEANS OF SONG spans distances to connect lands and people together, much like oceans do. The centerpiece will be the Northern California premiere of “The Ocean Between Us” by rising star composer Matthew Lyon Hazzard, for choir, piano, strings, and tuned wine glasses. Also premiering will be a newly adapted setting of Daniel Hughes’s powerful song “Refugees,” set to a thought-provoking text that addresses the plight of those who seek refuge from poverty-stricken countries. Other compositions include pieces by Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso to contemporary South African composer Lebo M, as well as jewels by Jake Runestad, René Clausen, and Andrea Ramsey round out the program.
CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD – Canceled due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Craig Hella Johnson’s powerful masterpiece, Considering Matthew Shepard, will change hearts and minds in only the way powerful music can. Two of the South Bay’s finest choral ensembles—The Choral Project (Daniel Hughes, Artistic Director) and the San José State University Choraliers (Dr. Jeffrey Benson, director)—will come together to present a one-of-a-kind rendition of this monumental work, complete with movement & visual media, staged by Sandra Bengochea (SJSU Opera Theatre Director).
SEASON 23 :: 2018-19
WINTER’S GIFTS: Journeys
A time honored tradition, “Winter’s Gifts” is a celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of The Choral Project and the moving music of the San José Chamber Orchestra. Winter’s Gifts: JOURNEYS will include music by Gabriel Fauré, Joshua Shank, Randall Thompson, and Ola Gjielo. Conductors Barbara Day Turner and Daniel Hughes collaborate to create this very special concert which has become a Bay Area holiday tradition in the breathtaking acoustics of Mission Santa Clara de Asís and the beautiful sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto!
ART OF SOUND: Seeking A Home
Art of Sound: SEEKING A HOME will shine a spotlight on the heart-wrenching problem of homelessness with a program centered around David Lang’s breathtaking “The Little Match Girl Passion” which won the Pulitzer Prize in music, rounded out with a repertoire about home and searching for a safe haven. We invite you to hear us in two locations: Mission Santa Clara de Asis and Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz.
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Shining Night with Lisa Vroman
SHINING NIGHT, a spectacular one-night-only collaboration with legendary Broadway artist Lisa Vroman, who audiences adored as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, will feature some of your favorite musical theatre and light classical selections. “…Vroman is a musical and theatrical marvel, capable of moving between the worlds of Opera and Broadway with unnverving ease…” – Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle
EARTHSONGS: New Days
Wrestling with the tragedy of human trafficking, our final concert of the 2018-19 season will respond with music that reminds us of our own power to affect change, along with the first prize winner from our annual Rachel Moore Choral Competition for Young Composers.
SEASON 22 :: 2017-18
WINTER’S GIFTS: Family
The Choral Project’s annual winter offering with the acclaimed San José Chamber Orchestra (Barbara Day Turner, Music Director) present WINTER’S GIFTS: Family, a program about family, inclusivity, and love. The Vivace Youth Chorus (Peggy Spool, director), and Bay Area vocal favorite Juanita Harris will be featured guest artists on this deeply moving program. Selections include holiday favorites such as a newly orchestrated arrangement of “Gesú Bambino,” and a world-premiere composition for all the performing forces about what it means to belong to a family, and how in times of strife, we bond together to help and heal each other. This program honors Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the winter season, and includes music from Chile, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, Germany, and the United States.
ART OF SOUND: Bernstein at 100
The Choral Project joins the worldwide centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Bernstein’s famous Chichester Psalms, with organ, harp and percussion.
ONE-NIGHT ONLY: The King’s Singers
Back by popular demand, for one night only, The Choral Project joins again with the internationally renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers. The concert will feature a myriad of musical styles from around the world, as well as charming arrangements of popular standards. This not-to-be-missed concert will sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon!
EARTHSONGS: Song & Dance
The Choral Project concludes its 22nd season with a concert that combines music and movement. Featuring dancers as well as showcasing the choir’s “choralography,” this theatrical concert will be a mighty marriage of sight and sound. The three-concert weekend also includes a world premiere by famed Broadway composer, Stephen Schwartz, and the winners of our Rachel Moore Student Composition Contest.
SEASON 21 :: 2016-17
WINTER’S GIFTS: Joy
A time honored tradition, “Winter’s Gifts” is a celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of The Choral Project and the moving music of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. This season’s program features a marriage of music with theatre, dance, and drama. Come warm your heart and immerse yourself in a concert that honors many of our local cultures’ winter festivals in a presentation unlike any other “Winter’s Gifts” before!
STREET REQUIEM: Featuring Frederica von Stade
The Choral Project is pleased to announce its first concert of the New Year, Street Requiem, featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade — described by the New York Times as ”one of America’s finest artists and singers,” — February 15 and 18, San José and Santa Cruz. This multi-movement work also features local Bay Area jazz vocalist Juanita Harris. Composed in 2014 by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch, Street Requiem helps to bring a sense of peace, remembrance, and hope to communities struggling with homelessness, poverty, war, hate crime, and street violence. The work is neither secular nor religious, but is intended to be spiritual and includes English and African lyrics, as well as traditional Latin text. While at times deeply moving, the work is optimistic and uplifting, and employs Gospel, Celtic, neo-Romantic, neo-Baroque, and contemporary compositional styles and instrumentation to reflect the multicultural and multi-faith traditions of modern city living. Ms. von Stade added ”Any chance to be a part of this wonderful work and honor all those individuals in our cities who know the sorrow of homelessness is a great privilege. To have music as our connection is pure joy and I am deeply grateful for the experience.”
ART OF SOUND: Voices of Hope
The Choral Project is honored to combine with acclaimed California treble vocal ensemble, Vox Musica (Daniel Paulson, conductor), in a program that seeks to find light in the dark and hope in times of despair. Justice, hope, light, and love are the cornerstones of a program that is sure to connect deeply with the audience. The theatrical nature of the program will feature both ensembles moving through the performance space to tell a story about loss, strife, love, and life. Repertoire will include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Carlos Surinach, Jake Runestad, and Stephen Hatfield. The centerpiece of the concert will include a world premiere by Daniel Hughes for treble and mixed choirs about seeking refuge in times of war and struggle.
EARTHSONGS: Legends & Lore
The Choral Project concludes Season 21 with concert program that explores myth & mysticism, legend & lore, and love & light. The diverse selection of repertoire includes Ola Gjeilo’s Renaissance-inspired Unicornis Captivator, R. Murry Schafer’s other-worldly Epitaph for Moonlight, and Charles Villier Stanford’s sublime setting of The Blue Bird. Other gems include A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (made popular by The Manhattan Transfer), Artistic Director Daniel Hughes’ arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful ballad Send in the Clowns, and a fully choreographed rendition of Harry Belafonte’s thrilling anthem of life Turn the World Around.
Season 20 :: 2015-16
LOS GATOS COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: Guest Artists
Celebrating 68 years of of bringing world-class entertainment to the West Valley area, the Los Gatos Community Concert Association presents a four-concert series in the newly renovated Prentiss Brown Auditorium at Los Gatos High School. The Choral Project is honored to be part of this year’s 2015-16 concert series. Join us as we kick-off our 20th anniversary season with a concert of celebration, inspiration, and far-off destinations.
WINTER’S GIFTS: Celebration
Enjoy a magical evening of live holiday music that honors wintry traditions from around the world. “Winter’s Gifts: Celebration” will feature jubilant repertoire that commemorates The Choral Project’s 20th Season, and the San José Chamber Orchestra’s 25th Season. This year’s festive program features a world premiere commission by Richard Burchard, a new composition by conductor Daniel Hughes, as well as spectacular music by Healey Willan, Ennio Morricone, and Václav Nelhýbel. A virtuoso percussion ensemble will add to the evening’s celebration.
ONE NIGHT ONLY: The King’s Singers [SOLD OUT]
Together for the first time, The Choral Project is honored to share the stage with the double Grammy® award-winning vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers. The King’s Singers are admired for their musical excellence and recognized as consummate entertainers – a class act with a delightfully British sense of humor. Their generous spirit and magical ability to move audiences have remained constant since the group’s foundation in 1968. Repertoire for this special performance features René Clausen’s sublime “In Pace” and Latvian composer Juris Karlsons’ virtuosic masterpiece “Neslegtais gredzens” (The Unclosed Ring). The program will also include several joint numbers including music by Bob Chilcott and Eric Whitacre. For the finale, The Choral Project, The King’s Singers, and the San José State University Choraliers will combine to sing a special setting of the “Irish Blessing” by conductor Daniel Hughes.
ART OF SOUND: Inspiration
The Choral Project continues its mid-season traditional offering of exciting and virtuosic choral music with “The Art of Sound.” This season’s inspirational program includes world premiere commissions by Eric William Barnum, and Joshua Shank, while also featuring favorite selections from the past twenty seasons. Popular selections include Lithuanian composer Kristina Vasiliauskaite’s stunning “Missa Brevis” and Latvian composer Juris Karlsons’ virtuosic masterpiece “Neslegtais gredzens” (The Unclosed Ring). Music by Vaclovas Augustinas and Eriks Ešenvalds round out this one-of-a-kind concert.
The Choral Project wraps up its 20th season with a program featuring music from far off destinations. Along with a West Coast premiere arrangement of “Summertime” by acclaimed composer/arranger Mac Huff, the choir will offer Moira Smiley’s engaging “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy,” and Ysaye Barnwell’s touching “Wanting Memories,” as well as favorites from the past twenty seasons, including Theodore Lucas’s playful and moving “Together,” Lebo M’s freedom song “One By One” from Disney’s Broadway musical The Lion King, and the ever-popular setting of Robert Burn’s poem, “A Red, Red, Rose” by James Mulholland. The program will also feature the winners of The Choral Project’s Student Composition Contest: “Ave Maria” by Chase Shoemaker (Indianola, IA) [third place], “Paris in Spring” by Douglas Byler (Dayton, VA) [second place], and “Oom Ji Ji” by Benjamin Low (Brighton, MA) [first place].
SEASON 19 :: 2014-15
WINTER’S GIFTS: Evocation
Share in the magic of live holiday music with “Winter’s Gifts: Evocations”, a sparkling showcase for the glorious voices of The Choral Project and the music of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. This year’s program features piano prodigy Taylor Eigsti, an accomplished American jazz musician and composer who’s performed alongside greats like Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman and Diana Krall.
ART OF SOUND: Chiaroscuro
Explore how the contrast between light and shadow sounds in musical form when The Choral Project performs “ART OF SOUND: Chiaroscuro,” an exciting lineup of rarely performed works by some of the most daring contemporary choral composers in the world. Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo is a rising star in the classical music industry and one of the most sought after choral composers in the world today. You’ll hear his breathtaking setting of the poem “Luminous Night of the Soul” for string quartet, piano and choir, along with virtuosic pieces by composers like Burchard, Surinach, Ginastera, Guillaume.
EARTHSONGS: Global Rhythms
The Choral Project takes a trip around the world and back again for its 19th season’s final performance, “EARTHSONGS: Global Rhythms”. You’ll hear folk music from Europe, the Caribbean, Cuba, Africa and America, as well as exciting arrangements of popular favorites, such as “Fix You” by Coldplay, “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon and music from Disney’s animated film “Frozen.”
SEASON 18 :: 2013-14
WINTER’S GIFTS: Joy
The Choral Project joins with the acclaimed San José Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Tuner in its annual offering “Winter’s Gifts,” a time honored, holiday tradition. This season’s program features a marriage of music with theatre, dance, and drama. Come warm your heart and immerse yourself in a concert that honors many of our local cultures’ winter festivals in a presentation unlike any other “Winter’s Gifts” before!
TCP PRESENTS: Canadian Brass
We are beyond thrilled to share the stage with the world’s most famous brass group, CANADIAN BRASS. Repertoire ranges from stunning arrangements of classical favorites to delightful settings of popular tunes. The program will include several joint numbers with The Choral Project and Canadian Brass! More details to follow but mark your calendars now!
ART OF SOUND: Among Angels
Continuing our tradition of offering a program of virtuosic and rarely performed choral masterpieces, The Choral Project presents “The Art of Sound.” The concert will feature music by some of the 20th and 21st century’s most daring and versatile choral composers, including Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, and Lauridsen. The centerpiece of the concert will be English composer Will Todd’s stunning work Among Angels, for 16-part chorus and two harps, featuring local virtuoso harpists Dan Levitan and Jennifer Cass.
We conclude our 18th season with a concert of music from around the Americas, featuring selections from Canada, South America, and the United States. The program will include music ranging from songs that stir one’s soul to those that make mirthful laughter. The concert’s repertoire features music by Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, and Mack Wilberg. This is a not-to-be-missed performance with something for everyone!
SEASON 17 :: 2012-13
WINTER’S GIFTS: Light
A time honored tradition, Winter’s Gifts is a celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of The Choral Project and the music of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. This year, we revisit the theme of “LIGHT,” celebrating festivals of light from around the globe. Evocative and stirring selections such as R. Murray Schafer’s Epitaph for Moonlight round out a rich and deeply moving program.
ART OF SOUND
Due to an overwhelming response to last season’s Soaring Spirits performance, we begin a new tradition of presenting a program of unaccompanied choral masterpieces with our spring concert “Art of Sound.” Selections will include: Howard Hanson’s A Prayer of the Middle Ages, Samuel Barber’s Three Reincarnations, Trond Kverno’s Ave Maris Stella, Morten Lauridsen’s Ave Maria, and Veljo Tormis’s stunning and virtuosic Jaanilaul.
We conclude our 17th season with a concert of music from around the world, featuring selections that celebrate our global community and the joy of singing. Highlights include Christopher Tin’s Baba yetu (made famous from the video game “Civilization), Peter Louis van Dijk’s dramatic work Horizons, Brad Holmes’s exciting triple-choir American hymn setting of Weeping Mary, and the rhythmic, toe-tapping O sifuni mungu. The program will include music ranging from songs that stir one’s soul, to those that make mirthful laughter. This is a not-to-be-missed concert with something for everyone!
SEASON 16 :: 2011-12
WINTER’S GIFTS: Celtica
Ring in the holidays with The Choral Project and San José Chamber Orchestra in a concert that celebrates the wonder and joy of the winter season. Inspired by Celtic music, highlights include the powerful Threnody by Tarik O’Regan, Pacem: Find Love from Ben Allaway’s monumental “Heaven & Earth: A Celtic Mass,” Michael Touchi’s Celtic arrangement of the classic Hanukkah song Mi Yimalel, and an excerpt from Charles B. Griffin’s Weaving Olden Dances. Also on the program are holiday favorites like Greensleeves and Silent Night, featuring Todd Denman on the uilleann pipes. We invite you to make our holiday tradition part of your holiday tradition in the breathtaking acoustics of Mission Dolores and Mission Santa Clara de Asis!
ENCHANTINGLY WICKED, An Evening with Stephen Schwartz
From beloved musicals such as Godspell and Wicked to movies like Pocahontas and Enchanted, the music of Stephen Schwartz has delighted audiences around the world. Now, this three time Oscar® winner and four time Grammy® award-winning composer and lyricist brings it live to Davies Symphony Hall. The evening features Stephen Schwartz backed by the legendary 275-voice San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and guests soprano Melody Moore and The Choral Project, conducted by Daniel Hughes. Relish musical gems from the vast treasure trove of Stephen Schwartz’s catalog of Broadway’s most memorable moments. Due to demand SFGMC has added, for the first time, a second performance for what promises to be the musical event of the spring.
The Choral Project presents a program of unaccompanied choral music by three of this century’s most influential composers: Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and Eric Whitacre. The program will include favorites such as Whitacre’s With A Lily In Your Hand and When David Heard that Absolom was Slain, Pärt’s Magnificat, and Tavener’s Butterfly Dreams, a multi-movement work set to seven poems about butterflies. The sublime sounds of this concert promise to be one of The Choral Project’s finest performances ever. Come hear The Choral Project sing what it does best.
For our final concert of the season, The Choral Project and Menharmonics join together to present a program of music that celebrates our diversity, our interconnectedness, and our global community. The ensembles will each present solo sets of repertoire, as well as share the stage for a rich and delightful sonic experience. Selections will include audience favorites such as the rousing South African folksong Babethandaza, as well as Lida Rose from “The Music Man,” music from Bulgaria and Georgia, and Franz Biebl’s beloved Ave Maria.
SEASON 15 :: 2010-11
San Jose Choral Productions kicks off its 2010-2011 season with a fun-filled evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and raffle prizes that will conclude with a concert featuring The Choral Project, menharmonics, and Amaranth – each previewing selections from this season’s repertoire. This event is sponsored in part by Chateau Julien Wine Estate.
HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: Chateau Julien
A magnificent performance of acoustic perfection. The Choral Project echoes beautifully throughout the Chai for an awe-inspiring event filled with holiday delight. A holiday wine tasting and gift reception follows in the eloquently decorated Great Hall.
WINTER’S GIFTS: Bells
The holidays are festive with The Choral Project, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and special guest artists, the world famous Sonos Handbell Ensemble, in a concert that celebrates the winter season’s most beloved holiday music, as well as wintry-themed music from around the world. New exciting settings of favorites such as “Carol of the Bells” and “Ring Out, Wild Bells” will serve as the evening’s centerpieces. A merry December tradition for all!
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Come hear The Choral Project join with some of California’s finest high school and college choirs, as we expand our educational musical programs in this inaugural vocal event. Individual choirs will each be showcased in short programs, culminating in an exciting set of music by The Choral Project, and a 150+ person choir comprised of all the participating ensembles. Music ranging from intimate part songs to works for large chorus, from the elegant to the boisterous, from the tender to the playful will delight the ear, and leave us inspired as we hear artists of the future share their gifts with us.
VOICES OF CRYSTAL: 15th Anniversary Concert
We conclude our crystal anniversary with a program made up of favorite selections from our fifteen years of singing. Highlights will include works by Francis Poulenc, Lili Boulanger, Irving Fine, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Schwartz, and Maurice Durufle, as well as fold music from around the globe, spirituals and rousing gospel music.
SEASON 13 :: 2008-09
The Season starts with a one-night-only Gala Opening Performance at the Montalvo Arts Center in August. The Choral Project will be performing in a one-of-a-kind operatic art experience known as Divide Light. Conceived by acclaimed artist Lesley Dill, composed by Richard Marriot, and directed by Eleanor Holdridge, the work also features soprano, mezzo- soprano and baritone soloists and the Del Sol String Quartet. Artistic Director Daniel Hughes will conduct the work whose libretto is inspired by the poems of Emily Dickinson.
WINTER’S GIFTS: Solstice
The Choral Project kicks-off its season subscription series with Winter’s Gifts, their annual holiday offering with the renowned San José Chamber Orchestra. Together, they will create a rich tapestry of relevant works with which to celebrate the season. Selections will feature music that highlights winter and the Solstice with Native American music and traditional holiday pieces.
The Choral Project is pleased to share the stage once again with the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus in Heartsong: Equinox, a program that celebrates our global community through songs from around the world.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
The Choral Project concludes its 2008-09 season with Across the Universe, a concert featuring music from film, television, radio and theater. Familiar songs include radio favorites by Queen, The Beatles, James Taylor and Imogen Heap; broadway hits from Wicked, West Side Story, Oliver, and much more!
SEASON 12 :: 2007-08
WINTER’S GIFTS: Light
The Choral Project and the San José Chamber Orchestra present their annual winter musical offering, Winter’s Gifts. Drawing on the universality of celebrations of light during the winter season, The Choral Project and San José Chamber Orchestra will create a rich tapestry of relevant works with which to celebrate the holidays. Selections include works by Bach, Praetorius, and Mendelssohn, as well as traditional music to celebrate the season.
HEAVEN & EARTH
The Choral Project presents Heaven & Earth, a program of music intended to inspire and exhilarate its listeners. This one-night only concert will feature John Rutter’s consoling and beautiful “Requiem,” performed with an orchestra comprised of the Silicon Valley’s finest players. Other works include music by Arvo Pärt, Alberto Ginestera, and John Paynter.
TELL THE WORLD
The Choral Project branches out in a new direction as we conclude our 2007-08 season with a program of spirituals and gospel music. Selections will include celebrated gems such as “Deep River,” “All My Trials,” and “Ain’-a That Good News,” as well as gospel music by MaryWatkins, Jeff Majors and Rickie Byars Beckwith. The extraordinary vocal power of soloists Michelle Jordan and Juanita Harris will join with The Choral Project in this uplifting, not-to-be-missed concert event.