Cappella SF premieres a work by composer Mark Volkert this weekend, called Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, in concerts in Saratoga and San Francisco. The composer is also an assistant concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony, where Ragnar Bohlin first heard one of his pieces. The ensemble will be joined by organist Jerome Lenk for a few works, in a program called Immortal Fire: A Musical Tribute with Voices and Organ.
There’s more information at the Cappella SF website.
The work that Artistic Director Ragnar Bohlin heard the Symphony play was called Pandora. “And that just blew me away,” he explains. “I loved it – so I stepped up to Mark after that and asked him if he ever wrote for choir, and he said no, he hadn’t done that, but he would be willing to try.” The piece is a setting of a poem by Thomas Campion, called Sic Transit. Volkert says, “I’ve written some choral music, but this is kind of a new venture for me, so I appreciate any suggestions that he makes, and he does such a beautiful job shaping the chorus and making the most out of the music. And so I couldn’t be happier with what they’re doing.” For the work, they’ll be performing in ‘surround sound’ encircling the audience at St. Andrews in Saratoga on Friday, and at the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco Sunday afternoon. The other works on the program are J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Meine Freude, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, and a solo prelude and fugue by Maurice Durufle played by Jerome Lenk, who will accompany the singers for Arvo Part’s Salve Regina, and Jonathan Dove’s Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars.