2019 Performance Highlights

December 16 / Clerestory: A Ceremony of Carols with SF Girls Chorus
Davies Symphony Hall (SF)

The nine men of Clerestory join SF Girls Chorus in their holiday concert, performing Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece A Ceremony of Carols and The Fayrfax Carol by Thomas Adès.

November 17 / Compline with Endersnight
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (SF)

Compline, or Night Prayer, is sung by the voices of Endersnight, an a cappella ensemble specializing in choral repertoire of the 14th–16th centuries. The free candlelit event is held on the third Sunday of each month at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.

November 6–9 / ODC’s Path of Miracles with The Mendelssohn Choir
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust @ Trinity Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA)

Guest performer and musician liaison in touring production of ODC/Dance’s immersive Path of Miracles, a site-specific performance experience choreographed by KT Nelson to an a cappella score by Joby Talbot for 17 singers.


November 2 / ODCs Path of Miracles with Volti
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts (Wickenberg, AZ)

Inspired by the Camino de Santiago and created by ODC/Dance’s KT Nelson in collaboration with SF’s vocal ensemble Volti, Path of Miracles tours to Arizona following two sold-out runs at Grace Cathedral.

October 20 / Compline with Endersnight
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (SF)

October 14 / Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps
Golden Gate Theater (SF)

In celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary, Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi and his partner, musician Alex Somers perform Riceboy Sleeps live for the first time with orchestra and a 12-voice choir.

October 11 / ODC’s Path of Miracles with Volti
The Presidio Theater (SF)

ODC and Volti bring this piece to The Presidio Theater for audiences to discover this newly restored Bay Area venue and experience a multi-sensory performance throughout the venue.

September 21–22 / Clerestory sings War and Peace
St. Mark’s Lutheran (SF), Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland)

Marking the 150th anniversary of Tolstoy’s epic and also 80 years since the start of WWII, the eight men of Clerestory present works on the theme of war and peace.


August 30 / Kronos Quartet: Terry Riley’s Sun Rings (CD Release)

Volti joins the Kronos Quartet on the first full recording of Sun Rings, Kronos’ 2002 collaboration with composer Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded space sounds, released on Nonesuch Records.


June 15 / Brian Baumbusch’s The Pressure
Other Minds Festival 24 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (SF)

The premiere of a tale of gothic horror told in music by composer and instrument builder Brian Baumbusch, featuring more than 24 performers including The Lightbulb Ensemble and Friction String Quartet, 3 keyboardists, vocal quartet (Shauna Fallihee, Melinda Becker, Ryan Matos, Sidney Chen), and the composer as narrator.



June 8 / Anne Hege’s The Furies (Act III)
Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) @ Bing Concert Hall (Stanford)

The premiere of Act III of Anne Hege’s Laptopera, an opera for laptop orchestra. Voice, movement, ritual, and laptop ensemble are merged in Hege’s version of the Electra story — Electra electrified. Presented as part of SLOrk Trek 2019. Roles sung by Shauna Fallihee, Alice Del Simone, Sidney Chen.

June 6 / Chan Family Picnic developing session

Development for a new vaudeville by Eugenie Chan, drawing on the history of her grandfather, a man caught between his studies as a Stanford medical student and his membership in a Chinatown gambling and prostitution guild in early 1900s San Francisco. Music by Byron Au Yong,

May 19 / Compline with Endersnight
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (SF)

May 11 & 12 / Clerestory sings Songbook II
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (SF), David Brower Center (Berkeley)

A new chapter in Clerestory’s popular series of Americana concerts, exploring the rich body of popular American musical styles, from barbershop to folk songs, African American spirituals to vocal jazz. Clerestory is a singer-led, all-male vocal chamber ensemble.

May 7 & 9 / Byron Au Yong’s 9 Lifeboats
Studio Theater, University of San Francisco (SF)

Guest teaching artist for composer Au Yong’s course on Music and Social Protest.

May 5 / Innova Recordings’ Inn-fest 2019
Center for New Music (SF)

Inn-fest, the annual Innova label showcase, features a smorgasbord from its roster of visionary artists. Performance by Volti to celebrate the release of its new album, the color of there seen from here. Additional sets by Friction Quartet, Pamela Z, Areon Flutes.

May 4 / Volti’s 40th Anniversary Gala
Noe Valley Ministry (SF)

Volti — San Francisco's new-music vocal ensemble, founded and led by Robert Geary — celebrates 40 years of "singing without a net" and releases their newest CD, the color of there seen from here

March 28 / dangerous dreamscapes with foreignfire
Dresher Ensemble Studio (West Oakland)

Live wrestling, poetry chanted from inscrutable scrolls, and spontaneous works of voice and body featuring some of the bay area's most adventurous vocal artists, led by David Katz.

March 17 & 18 / Jimmy López’s Dreamers
Cal Performances @ Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley);
Stanford Live @ Bing Concert Hall (Stanford)

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Ana Maria Martinez, Volti and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus in the premiere of an oratorio about undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

March 17 / Compline with Endersnight
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (SF)

March 9 & 10 / Alexander Nevsky with Marin Symphony
Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

Alasdair Neale conducts Prokofiev’s cantata. Guest singer with Marin Symphony Chorus.


February 28–March 2 / ODC’s Path of Miracles with Volti
Grace Cathedral (SF)

Path of Miracles, a site-specific performance experience choreographed by KT Nelson, returns to Grace Cathedral for a second sold-out run. Created by ODC/Dance in collaboration with Volti. Score by Joby Talbot.

February 17 & 23 / Clerestory sings Movement of Colors
St. Gregory of Nyssa (SF), David Brower Center (Berkeley)

A kaleidoscopic program connecting music to visual art. Works by Victoria, Palestrina, Tallis, Gesualdo, Pärt, Howells and Whitacre.

February 22 / Clerestory: Creating Leonardo
Humanities West, Marines’ Memorial Theater (SF)

A program of a cappella music inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, presented as part of a conference commemorating 500 years of Leonardo’s legacy.

February 16 / Clerestory: The Bright Field
Sonoma Bach, Schroeder Hall (Rohnert Park)

Guest recital on Sonoma Bach’s series.

February 1 / ODC Unplugged: Path of Miracles with Volti
ODC Theater (SF)

A rare and candid look into the creative process of creating Path of Miracles with choreographer KT Nelson, the dancers of ODC/Dance, and the vocalists of Volti.

January 25 / ODC’s Path of Miracles
Page Theatre @ Wesley United Methodist Church (Winona, MN)

Guest performer and musician liaison in touring production of ODC/Dance’s Path of Miracles.

January 13 / Volti sings Path of Miracles
Gualala Arts @ Gualala Arts Center (Gualala, CA)

Concert version of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles