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Take Me Home

Take Me Home

Join Resounding Achord for “Take Me Home,” a choral music program centered around home, shelter, and community. Highlights include two new arrangements written for the choir, the US premiere of Ariel Quintana’s “Furusato,” and heart-stirring folksongs from America, Africa, and Cuba.

All donations collected for this concert will benefit two organizations that support the homeless in Santa Clara County: Village House, an interfaith women’s shelter, and the Winter Faith Collaborative, a Santa Clara County movement of faith communities with a common aim to shelter their neighbors who live outdoors.

All are welcome! A free will offering will be collected a the door, or you may donate online when reserving your tickets. Advanced reservations are recommended.

October 28, 2018 3:00-4:30pm
Grace Baptist Church, 484 East San Fernando St., San José

Parking available on the street.

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Touring the Baltics — June 2018

Touring the Baltics — June 2018

This summer, Resounding Achord (with members of Peninsula Cantare) had the pleasure of joining San José State University and West Valley College singers in the Baltics for an amazing tour of the region and to perform Mozart’s Requiem. We had a great time, and are rejuvenated as we start rehearsing for our 2018-2019 season. Here is a recap of this once in a lifetime tour and our performances.

The trip began in Helsinki, Finland, where we experienced the incredible Sibelius Monument. Born in Finland in 1865, he was most known for his symphonies and tone poems, however there were some great choral works scattered throughout his body of work as well. He died in 1957 and the monument was erected in 1967. The steel pipes in the monument actually sing excerpts from his works. It is surreal!


(Photo by Keith Byron) The Sibelius Monument, by Finnish sculptor Eila Hiltunen, is made of cluster of over 600 steel organ pipes which reach over 27 feet high in places.


(Photo by Dan Hillman) Singing from underneath the Sibelius Monument pipe structure. Amazing acoustics!

Then it was off to Estonia on a ferry. Once we arrived we got straight to rehearsing the Requiem with San José State and West Valley. We immediately knew the sound was glorious! In between rehearsing, we were able to squeeze in some sightseeing in the beautiful Medieval city of Tallinn, Estonia. And the three groups also gave a “spotlight concert” at St John’s church. Tallinn is the best preserved Medieval old town in Europe, and it is easy to see why! In addition, it is home to one of the oldest operating pharmacies in Europe, considered to have opened in the year 1415.


(Photo by David Smith) The three groups and conductors (left to right – Lou De La Rosa, Jeffrey Benson, and Kristina Nakagawa) receiving applause at the end of the concert at St. John’s church.

We witnessed the remnants of Soviet occupation, which was prominent throughout the Baltics and an important, yet tragic, part of their history. At the Song Festival grounds, we stood where the Singing Revolution began which eventually ended the Soviet occupation of the Baltics. In 1988, over 100,000 Estonians gathered under Soviet rule for a music festival that ended with the crowd spontaneously singing Estonian patriotic songs. This first act of peaceful protest started the Singing Revolution that ended in 1991 with the Baltic countries claiming their independence.


(Photo by Dan Hillman) Under the Estonian Song Festival Grounds singing shell.

We performed Mozart’s Requiem to a full house in the Estonia Concert Hall in the middle of Old Town Tallinn. The crowd was so pleased with the performance that they demanded 3 encores. All of the audiences we sang for began clapping so vigorously that when they began to synchronize their claps that meant they wanted an encore. This is not something we were familiar with in America, and we eventually had to call it a night, because we actually ran out of pieces to sing!


(Photo by Steven Moore) During the Mozart Requiem performance in the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn.

To fully immerse ourselves in the local culture, we had the privilege of visiting a children’s home beautifully situated in the heart of the Estonian countryside. We removed a fence from the property and had a great time in the process. After the hard work was done we did a musical exchange where the children sang for us and we sang for them.


(Photo by Michelle Dreyband) Getting rid of the fence buried in vegetation.


(Photo by Dan Hillman) A group photo after our in promptu concert.

After Tallinn, we made our way to Riga by way of the beautiful Baltic coast and stopped for a picnic in a bog along our route. Once in Riga we enjoyed the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture of the city and also saw how the old town rebuilt after bombings during the second World War. We were pleased to join our Latvian choir member, Mara, who sang with us for our concert in Riga.

Our concert in Riga was an exchange with the University of Latvia’s Dziesmuvara mixed choir. The concert ended in a joint performance of Dziedot Dzimu, Dziedot Augu from our Passages concert, roughly translated from Latvian to “I was born to sing and I will always sing.” A sentiment everyone can was able to get behind for our closing tour performance.


(Photo by Dan Hillman) The “Bay Singers” Concert in Riga at St. Peter’s Church.

After Riga we traveled to Vilnius for the conclusion of our tour. We visited the song festival grounds here as well, and we gave an impromptu performance for ourselves and the park-goers who were riding their scooters and bikes in the summer heat.


(Photo by Steven Moore) The Lithuanian Song Festival grounds under the dome.

Having the opportunity to travel abroad while doing something we all love is an incredible privilege. From the drinking songs during dinner to the sky-bar excursions taking in the sunsets at 11pm, we truly had an amazing time ”building community through song” across the globe.

For Love Benefit Concert

For Love Benefit Concert

 

Resounding Achord is proud to participate in the 8th Annual Benefit Concert supporting Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (www.nextdoor.org).

Resounding Achord will be joining other Silicon Valley area choirs including the Orchard City Community Chorus, Rainbow Women’s Chorus, Westmont High Chamber Chorale, Serendipity Choir, Threshold Choir, and Veterans Choir.

March 2, 2018, 7:30pm
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Avenue, Campbell, CA

Tickets $20

Purchase tickets at the door or at : http://www.orchardcitychorus.org/contributions

A Musicale Fundraiser

A Musicale Fundraiser

Join Resounding Achord and friends for a fun evening of music, dessert, wine, coffee, and tea. This musicale-style performance will feature solos and small group numbers by Resounding Achord singers along with student groups and soloists who are past Honor Choir Scholarship recipients. All proceeds from this event will benefit the 2017-18 scholarships for the California Choral Director’s Association Regional and All-State Honor Choirs.

Come share this special evening with us and find out why our Honor Choir Scholarship program is one of our most popular and successful outreach programs.

St. Francis Episcopal Church of Willow Glen,
1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Please purchase tickets by October 1, 2017. Refreshments are included in the price of admission. And, if you have any issues purchasing tickets, please contact tickets@resoundingachord.org.

Adults $50
Students $35
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Resounding Joy

Resounding Joy

Get into the holiday spirit by attending this festive concert of music for choir and pipe organ, featuring organist Michael Burroughs.

The program includes Kim André Arnesen’s transcendent “Magnificat” with soprano soloist Danielle Marie, along with inventive arrangements of holiday favorites by Healey Willan, David Willcocks, and John Rutter.

Join us for this festive concert featuring the incredible organ at:
First Congregational Church 
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Adults — $15 online/presale; $20 at the door
College Students —  $10 online/presale; $20 at the door
High school age and younger — Always free
Tickets
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Passages

Passages

Join Resounding Achord for this dynamic program of music from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and America. The concert will include Kristina Vasiliauskaite’s Missa Brevis in Honorem Beata Maria Virginis, Eriks Esenvalds’ “Amazing Grace,” and two rousing spiritual arrangements by Stacey V. Gibbs.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:00pm
First Baptist Church
305 N California Avenue, Palo Alto
Sunday, April 8, 2018 3:00pm
Christ the Good Shepherd Church
1550 Meridian Avenue, San JoseTickets available at the door.

Adults — $15 online; $20 at the door
College Students —  $10 online; $20 at the door
High school age and younger — always free

Mozart Requiem

Mozart Requiem

7:30 pm  First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Rd., Palo Alto

Resounding Achord joins forces with the San José State University Choraliers and Peninsula Cantare in this performance of one of Mozart’s most famous choral works. The soloists are:

The second half of this program will feature folk songs from the Baltic nations and America in preparation of the singers’ tour of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in mid-June 2018.

Tickets available at www.peninsulacantare.org.