Winifred Baker Chorale Fall Concert Series

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments by

Dominican University’s Winifred Baker Chorale will perform on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Church of St. Raphael’s at 8 p.m., 1104 5th Avenue, San Rafael, and on Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul Catholic Church at 8 p.m., 221 Valley Street, San Francisco. Made up of students and members of the community, the 110 voice strong choral has brought the music of the great choral masters, as well as contemporary composers, to Bay Area residents since 1958.

Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music and the Performing Arts, Dr. Craig Singleton, will conduct the Chorale, who will be performing Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat.” Natalie Parker, clarinet, and Joe Bloom, Piano, performing Robert Schumann’s “Three Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano,” will join the Chorale.

Performed in Latin, “Lux Aeterna,” which debuted in 1997 and translates to “Eternal Light,” consists of five movements, with lyrics taken from sacred Latin texts. Lauridsen has described the piece, “…an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels.”

Written in the 1700’s Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” is a combination of six movements and solo arias. Best know for his violin concertos “The Four Seasons,” “Magnificat” is considered an excellent representation of his operatic works.

In addition to the evening’s two main compositions, Parker and Bloom will perform Robert Schumann’s 1849 composition, “Three Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano.” Featuring Schumann’s signature sudden mood changes, the piece is a musical ode to the imagination and its creative expression.

Tickets will be sold online, or at the door for $15 for General Admission, $10 for seniors, and free for Dominican faculty, students, and staff with a valid University ID. For tickets or more information on the events, visit

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Alan Schooling grew up in Southern California before fleeing north to escape the heat. He has been obsessed with music for the last 24 years and had seen more concerts than he can remember. He is currently a communications major at Dominican University of California who is pursuing a career in journalism.
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