As we gradually journey forward out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we take solace and courage in the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson to highlight our overall theme. The 2022-2023 San Antonio Chamber Choir concert season is one of looking forward to what can be through these inspirational words transformed into music by American composer Jake Runestad.
We begin on September 24 and 25 with a message of hope, beauty, and concern for our precious planet. When Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations in September of 2019 she shocked the world with her impassioned declaration to the world’s leaders – “How dare you?”. These words have been set for choir by Wisconsin-born composer, and Texas high school teacher Andrew Steffen. SACC will offer the world premiere of this moving work in The Deep, Deep Earth. We will also offer uplifting movements from the Missa Gaia / Earth Mass by Paul Winter and Paul Halley which includes the sounds of wolf, whale, and seals. The “Dean of American Composers”, Aaron Copland is also featured with his finest a cappella work, In the Beginning, featuring Crystal Jarrell Johnson, mezzo-soprano. SACC will also collaborate with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio for this concert series.
Sat, Sept 24 at 8pm – The Chapel of the Incarnate Word
Sun, Sept 25 at 3pm – The Basilica of the Little Flower
During the holiday season on December 17 and 18, we will offer a special presentation of El Mesías which is a Spanish version of Handel’s Messiah. A musical rite of the holiday season, this will be a premiere in San Antonio of this re-imagined work with new rhythmically revised instrumental parts to match the necessary changes to the text in the Spanish language. As Brahms did with his German Requiem, we honor those among us of Spanish descent in presenting this timeless work in another language.
This concert is supported in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.
Sat, Dec 17 at 8pm – Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel at Oblate School of Theology
Sun, Dec 18 at 3pm – Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel at Oblate School of Theology
In May 2023, we will present The Musical Soul of Jake Runestad which showcases not only many of the great works from this American choral icon, but also the works from composers that have influenced him. This list includes composers such as 12th century composer Hildegard von Bingen, early 20th century composer Herbert Howells, to contemporary artists like Dominick Argento and Joni Mitchell. Our distinguished composer will be with us for the world premiere of a new work commissioned by our organization.
Sat, May 6 at 8pm – The Chapel of the Incarnate Word
Sun, May 7 at 3pm – The Chapel of the Incarnate Word
So, Fear Not, Dear Friend we will offer great music, in the finest venues, performed to the highest professional standards for you this season. With all the offerings for 2022-2023, we will strive to offer exquisite music and innovative programming that elevates the spirit, enlightens the mind, and nurtures the soul. We sincerely hope you will join us for these exciting concert opportunities.