MAGNIFICAT, Warren Stewart, Director

“one of the Bay Area’s most indispensable arts groups” —Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle

“[Magnificat’s] recreation of a Venetian Christmas Mass service presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society…was a stunning performance.” —Most Memorable Concerts of 2013, SF Classical Music Examiner

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Mass for Christmas

The San Francisco Early Music Society’s annual holiday concert proudly presents Magnificat performing a 17th-century Venetian Mass for Christmas Day, featuring Francesco Cavalli’s glorious Missa concertata. Cavalli worked over 50 years at Venice’s San Marco cathedral, first as a singer, then organist, composer, and finally maestro di cappella. In 1656, he assembled his great retrospective collection, Musiche sacre, from which this mass comes. The work is, brilliant, festive, joyous, and rich in the instrumental colors of strings and brass for which Venetian music was renowned. Magnficat, founded and directed by Warren Stewart, led the American revival of 17th-century music and remains one of the most acclaimed interpreters of this revolutionary repertory. Cavalli’s mass will be presented in full liturgical context, interspersed with motets and sonatas by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli and others, as well as all Gregorian chant for the feast day, in a complete musical reenactment of the third mass for Christmas day, as it might have been celebrated 350 years ago. Read more…

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MAGNIFICAT: Clara Rottsolk and Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Andrew Rader and Clifton Massey, alto; Christopher LeCluyse, and Dan Hutchings, tenor; Peter Becker, bass; Rob Diggins and Jolianne von Einem, violin; Richard Van Hessel, Erik Schmalz, and Mack Ramsey, sackbut; John Dornenburg, violone; Yuko Tanaka, organ