Singers Retreat to the East Bay for Fall Session

Now in its 32nd year, the Renaissance Singers’ Retreat will hold its fall session the weekend of September 15–16, 2018. And they are moving their venue to the East Bay. The fall Retreat will be held at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue (between Washington & Solano Aves.), in the city of Albany.

Following past practice, the Retreat convenes on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with rehearsals continuing all day Saturday and Sunday morning. After a break for lunch, participants will reassemble for the Sunday afternoon rehearsal and a 4:00 p.m. performance at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue (two blocks from the Senior Center, down Solano Avenue and right on Marin Avenue).

The format of the workshop remains the same—alternating between singing and lectures about the music.  This time, Director Bill Mahrt has chosen Orlando di Lasso’s Missa sopra quand’ io penso al martire as well as the Jacques Arcadelt madrigal on which the mass is based, as well as selected motets. As always, the retreat features a continuous snack table, conviviality and glorious music.

Participants are on their own for meals and overnight accommodations this time (no catered meals are included). Both the Senior Center and Community Center are just one block away from Solano Avenue, which has a good selection of fine restaurants, or attendees may bring their own food. There likely will be an even more generous snack table this time.

The fee for the workshop is $115, which includes all music. Scholarships are available. Please visit the Singers Retreat web page for further information or to register. Or contact Ralph Prince 510-778-3253, or Susan McRae 360-259-1231,

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Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society