IOCSF Presents "Past Perfect: New Takes on Our Favorite Choral Music" (SF Show)

Event has passed (Sat Dec 16, 2017 - Sat Dec 16, 2017)
St. Mark's Lutheran Church - San Francisco
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) will present "Past Perfect: New Takes on Our Favorite Choral Music" on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco. The concert features a selection of works IOCSF has premiered in past seasons, including pieces by Jake Heggie, David Conte, Nico Muhly, Marielle Jakobsons, Mari Valverde, Elizabeth Kimble, and Nilo Alcala, as well as the world premiere of "Dream Triptych" by our 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Elliott Encarnación.


Nilo Alcala - Dogalen a Maboso
David Conte - Facing West
Elliott Encarnación - Dream Triptych (PREMIERE)
Jake Heggie - Faith Disquiet
Jake Heggie - Arrangements
Marielle Jakobsons - The Threads Beneath
Elizabeth Kimble - The Peace of Wild Things
Nico Muhly - Lord Heare My Prayer Instantly
Mari Valverde - Oracle of Spring


The program is centered on reprises of IOCSF premiere performances ranging from 2009 to spring 2017. Last season's audience favorite, Elizabeth Kimble's "The Peace of Wild Things," on a Wendell Berry text, expresses a deep longing for the peace and refuge that flow from the constancy of the natural world. Jake Heggie contributes five pieces in all, including his spiky and insistent three-movement "Faith Disquiet" on texts by Emily Dickinson that explore desire and despair, and two choral arrangements of his art songs. David Conte's "Facing West," commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, gives passionate life to Walt Whitman's fantastical vision of the Californian ideal. We include two works on naturalistic spring themes: Marielle Jakobsons' minimalist, almost psychedelic "The Threads Beneath" evokes the pushing up of mushrooms through the ground, while Mari Valverde's "Oracle of Spring" playfully tone-paints the song, and the seasonal augury, of a cuckoo. There's great emotional range too: Nilo Alcala's "Dogalen a Maboso" tells a tragic story of unrequited love in a driving, polyrhythmic idiom, while Nico Muhly's "Lord Heare My Prayer Instantly," an IOCSF commission from 2014, exemplifies Muhly's eclecticism, blending haunting minimalist textures with urgent syncopation to paint a dramatic portrait of desperate supplication.

Our one world premiere of this season is our newest work from IOCSF's 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Elliott Encarnación. "Dream Triptych" sets classic texts of Langston Hughes in a lush, richly textured, and, well, dreamlike tonal language, bringing to life the poet's admonition to "Hold fast to dreams."

"This season we're taking a fresh look at some of our most beloved, challenging, and distinctive choral gems from past seasons," said Zane Fiala, Artistic Director of IOCSF. "For those who have heard our premiere performances of these pieces, it's a chance to see what new depths and nuance we've found in the text and the settings, and for those who haven't, you'll hear a selection of new music we think deserves repeated performance!"

Admission is free, although donations are welcome. For more information, visit


  1. St. Mark's Lutheran Church - San Francisco 1111 O'Farrell Street at Franklin St., San Francisco, CA