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Music at First Pres


San Francisco Early Music Society Presents:

Friday, November 17
8:00pm at All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St. Palo Alto, CA 94301


1517—German Music Before and After the Reformation

A watershed year, 1517 marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It also saw the death of the great composer Henricus Isaac and the publication of Johannes Reuchlin’s The Art of the Kabbalah, a landmark book that changed the face of musical symbolism in the Renaissance. Ciaramella’s concert—performed on recorders, shawms, bagpipes, viola da gamba, lute, and guitar—features songs of love, lust, and devotion from the Lochamer Liederbuch, the Schedel Liederbuch, the Glogauer Liederbuch, the Songbook of Anna of Cologne, and the Kodex Leopold. The program includes works of Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, and Ludwig Senfl, topped off with popular dances collected and arranged by Michael Praetorius.

CIARAMELLA: Adam Gilbert, shawm, recorder & bagpipe; Rotem Gilbert, shawm, recorder & bagpipe; Malachai Komanoff Bandy, shawm, viola da gamba, hurdy-gurdy & bagpipe; Adam Bregman, sackbut & recorder; Aki Nishiguchi, shawm & recorder; Jason Yoshida, lute, guitar & percussion

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New Millennium Chamber Orchestra

All Beethoven Concert

Sunday,  November 19
4:00pm in the Sanctuary

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7

Enjoy a lively evening featuring two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “middle period” masterpieces with the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra, Music Director James Richard Frieman, and pianist and recording artist Louise Costigan-Kerns.

We invite you to join us and feel the power, passion and indomitable spirit of this great music!

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The Albany Consort
A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 3
10:30am in the Sanctuary

On this special Sunday, the First Pres choir will sing a service of Advent Lessons and Carols accompanied by the Albany Consort. The choir will sing the beautiful setting of Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, a lovely contemporary anthem Walk in Light by Karen Marrolli, and soloist Tom Ellison will sing the tenor aria from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 62.

The Albany Consort returns to First Pres, led by Jonathan Salzedo on harpsichord and joined by two oboes, two violins, two violas, cello, double bass, and continuo organ. In addition to accompanying the choral anthems, the Albany Consort will perform a concerto by Johann Christian Schickhardt.

Please come and join us for what promises to be an especially festive musical Sunday!




Gunn High School Chamber Singers
Annual Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 12
In the Sanctuary
Time TBD

A great way to embrace the holiday spirit is to listen to the young people of our community raise their voices in the harmonies of new and favorite holiday music.  Directed by Bill Liberatore, the Gunn choirs are known for excellence and the Chamber Singers are the cream of the crop.

All are invited to this annual holiday event!  A reception for the Singers follows in the Fellowship Hall.

Those who wish to support the Gunn choirs are invited to make a donation to Gunn Choir Boosters, cash or check, to be received gratefully at the concert.



The Choral Project + San José Chamber Orchestra
Winter’s Gifts: Family

Saturday, December 16
8:00pm in the Sanctuary

The Choral Project’s annual winter offering with the acclaimed San José Chamber Orchestra (Barbara Day Turner, Music Director), along with special guests Vivace Youth Chorus (Peggy Spool, Director) and vocalist Juanita Harris, present WINTER’S GIFTS: FAMILY. Music resonant with the emotions of family in all its forms and celebration that inspires change for a better world. Featuring music from various cultures from around the globe that honors our current and ancestral homes as well as our diverse holiday traditions. Come join us for what has become the holiday music tradition for so many in the South Bay!

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