Featuring Concert Group, Choral Scholars, and Young Men’s Ensemble with special guest Ragazzi Continuo.
This Spring, Ragazzi Boys Chorus will lift their voices in the concert Cantate Domino. Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Concert Group, Choral Scholars, and Young Men’s Ensemble are joined by Ragazzi Continuo, a men’s chorus comprised of Ragazzi alumni, to perform this program of stunning song. Led by Artistic and Executive Director Kent Jue, Cantate Domino will perform 4pm PST Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.
Cantate Domino features a resplendent repertoire. Among the works offered by Ragazzi’s Concert Group (CG) and Choral Scholars (CS) is Vytautas Miškinis’ contemplative Cantate Domino; Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s exquisite Kyrie from his mass “Missa Brevis;” and Chant of the Sixth Patriarch, Reed Criddle’s stunning setting of a Buddhist poem by Sixth Patriarch. CG and CS will perform Tree by Bay Area composer Eric Tuan, who serves as Artistic Director of Piedmont East Bay Children’s Chorus. CG will also perform Mary Goetze’s gorgeous When Children Sing with text by James Heup.
Young Men’s Ensemble (YME) will perform Z. Randall Stroope’s Starry Messenger using text by Galileo exploring the discovery of new planets and moons; Conner Koppin’s glorious a cappella Jesu Dulcis Memoria; and Daniel Elder’s evocative Ballade to the Moon, which communicates the wonder of a June evening with a clear night sky dominated by the light of the moon and stars.
Led by director Daniel Crowley, Ragazzi Continuo’s repertoire includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ lush Linden Lea; Howard Helvey’s rich and resonant O Lux Beatissima; Otto Olsson’s buoyant arrangement of the traditional Scandinavian piece Domaredansen; and Raif Schmitt and Michael Barrett’s stirring arrangement of the traditional South African song Indodana.
CG, CS, YME, and Ragazzi Continuo will join to sing Christopher Tin’s joyous Swahili setting of the Lord’s Prayer, Baba Yetu.