Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ In the Company of Angels holiday concerts explore the language and harmonies of our eternal search for spiritual wisdom, celebrating the various appearances of angels in the Christmas story. As intermediaries and guardian spirits, angels have inspired countless composers and poets, appearing widely across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Sikhism. Ragazzi’s selections include Heinrich Schütz’s rhythmic and textured 16th century masterpiece Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt as well as Stephen Paulus’s Hymn to the Eternal Flame, written to commemorate the anniversary of the freeing of the Jews from the Nazis. Contemporary composer Eric Whitacre’s Sainte Chapelle weaves chant and poetry to recreate a mystical encounter between a young girl and angels in one of France’s most beautiful chapels. Instrumentalists will join vocalists in Haydn’s swirling and ecstatic Gloria from his St. Cecilia’s Mass. The concert will conclude with carols – and an invitation for the audience to join the boys in song.
Sung by Avanti, Concert Group, Choral Scholars and Young Men’s Ensemble
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Tickets at www.oldfirstconcerts.org