The songs in this concert about mythical creatures and daring feats appeal to the young and young-at-heart. The centerpiece of the program is John Rutter’s The Reluctant Dragon about a dragon who would rather write verse than breathe destructive fire. Music about other fanciful creatures, songs from Man of La Mancha, and selections from the contemporary choral repertoire round out a program perfect for all — both the first time
concert-goer as well as the experienced choral veteran. The performance at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church will include young singers from The Music School.
In the grand culmination of our season, the Santa Clara Chorale premiers the oratorio Barbara Allen, by contemporary composer Scott Gendel, featuring soprano soloist Sarah Brailey and tenor Brian Thorsett. This new work takes the traditional folk ballad as a starting point for a wild, nearly operatic, journey that uses a huge array of musical textures to expand “Barbara Allen” into an emotional tour-de-force.
Joining with the San José Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Clara University Choirs, the Chorale embarks on a symphonic exploration of love and loss in a musical experience that brings oratorio into a new realm.
Sarah Brailey / soprano
Brian Thorsett / tenor
Friday, May 12, 2017 ~ 8 p.m.
Mission Santa Clara
In an informal matinée that is fast becoming a tradition, the Chorale will revisit some musical highlights from the season. Don’t miss this chance to relive a sublime moment or experience a new a masterwork you had to miss the first time around.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 ~ 3 p.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Santa Clara
Enjoy all five performances of the Santa Clara Chorale season and save up to 25% over the cost of purchasing individual tickets. At the beginning of every season, we offer season subscriptions (available for the 2016/2017 season until October 22nd, 2016). Please check back with us in the summer 2017 if you're interested in a season subscription for our next concert season!