Old First Concerts

Look below to find a list of our upcoming concerts. You can also learn more about the artists by clicking on their names and following the links to their bios and websites.

To respect our artists and patrons, we do not permit infants or toddlers to attend our performances.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 AT 8:00PM

Veretski Pass
 
Cookie Segelstein, violin, viola, scordatura violin; Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom, piano; Stuart Brotman, basy (bass cello), bass, tilinca, baraban
 
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austria Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass plays old country music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Playing in an unbound, energetic “village style, this band of world renown klezmer veterans carries on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians, playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizably Jewish sound.
 

Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time.

Ticket Prices:
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Children 12 and under are free.


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 AT 4:00PM

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
Candlelight Concert
 
Robert Geary, Director
 
Please join us for an evening of superb treble and mixed voice music performed by the Performing Department of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir in Old First Church's wonderful acoustic. Four choirs, under the direction of Andrew Brown, Eric Tuan and Bob Geary, will sing a varied concert of traditional to adventurous repertoire that reflects both the reverence and the joy of the Holiday season. All 120 singers will come together to crown the night with a stirring performance of Herbert Howells' Magnificat.
 

Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time.

Ticket Prices:
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Children 12 and under are free.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016 AT 8:00PM

Lacuna Arts Chorale
A Time for Harmony
 
Sven Edward Olbash, Artistic Director
 
Hugo Distler Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
Arvo Pärt Which Was the Son of…

Following the model of the a cappella choral Passion settings of Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz, Hugo Distler (1908–1942) has set the familiar story of the Nativity of Jesus Christ for soloists and unaccompanied chorus in a highly idiosyncratic style that is truly modern while still firmly rooted in the Germanic compositional tradition. Woven into the story are seven chorale variations on the carol Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, which recall J. S. Bach's chorale cantatas. In a sort of Biblical prequel to the Christmas story, Arvo Pärt's Which was the son of... recounts the genealogy of Jesus through seventy generations back to Adam and Eve. Pärt uses his minimal, "tintinnabulous" style to evoke a meditative quality through the litanic text. The Lacuna Arts Chorale—now entering its second decade under the direction of conductor Sven Edward Olbash—are thrilled to be returning to Old First Concerts for their second innovative Christmas concert of rarely heard modern works after last year's performance of Persichetti's Mass, Poulenc's Christmas motets, and minimalist compositions by Górecki and Pärt.

 
TICKETS
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
    (Children 12 and under are free)


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 AT 4:00PM

Ragazzi Boys Chorus
In the Company of Angels
 
Joyce Keil, Artistic Director & Co-Founder; Kent Jue, Associate Artistic Director & Avanti Chorus Director; Jesse Buddington, Young Men's Ensemble Associate Director; Ihang Lin, accompanist; Othello Jefferson, accompanist
 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents In the Company of Angels, exploring the language and harmonies of our eternal search for spiritual wisdom. 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. America’s rich Spiritual tradition is celebrated with Dillworth’s joyful arrangement of Shine on Me. Hymn to the Eternal Flame, by Stephen Paulus, soars beyond earthly constraints with a gorgeous soprano solo. 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 Missa Cellensis. The concert will conclude with carols - and an invitation for the audience to join the boys in song.
 
TICKETS
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
    (Children 12 and under are free)


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016 AT 8:00PM

Golden Bough
Christmas in a Celtic Land
 
Margie Butler, vocals, Celtic harp, penny-whistle, recorder; Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion, octave-mandolin; Kathy Sierra, vocals, violin, viola, recorder
 
Once again Golden Bough will bring their infectious music to Old First Concerts with their annual Christmas in a Celtic Land show. Folk songs tell a story and the music of the Celtic trio Golden Bough is full of the stories and mythology of the Celtic lands. The Celtic nations share a long history of culture and fine arts and their music often intertwines to create the powerfully emotional sound of what we now call Celtic music. Golden Bough was founded with the concept of combining this music with various folk styles, highlighting their own compositions. For 36 years Golden Bough has been delighting audiences with their exceptional interpretations of the music of the Celtic nations and the uniqueness of their original compositions. Their interpretation of this music has made them a favorite with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from folk fans wherever they perform. Their Holiday Concert is the perfect setting in which to enjoy Golden Bough's rare carols and songs of celebration for the Winter Solstice and the New Year. With lively instrumental pieces, haunting ballads and humorous sing-alongs, the band creates an atmosphere in which the listener is transported to another place and time. Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza and Kathy Sierra capture the essence and joy of traditional music on a wide variety acoustic instruments, including; Celtic harp, penny-whistle, guitar, accordion, violin, viola, mandolin, and bodhran (a hand held drum, particular to the Celtic culture). Golden Bough will have their new CD, Celtic Festival available at the concert. This recording is full of the lively music they perform at Festivals and Highland Games throughout the U.S and Europe. For further information on Golden Bough, their recordings, concert schedule and history you can access their website at goldenboughmusic.com.
 
TICKETS
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
    (Children 12 and under are free)


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016 AT 8:00PM

KITKA
Wintersongs
 
Shira Cion, Director
 
Please note special ticket prices: $23 advance / $25 at door General Admission, $15 advance / $20 at door Senior & Full-time Student

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe's geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals. Kitka's program features songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish songs for Chanukah. Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime. For more information please visit kitka.org.

 
TICKETS
The following pre-sale ticket prices are good until Saturday, December 17, 2016 AT 6:00PM. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.00 for General Admission, $20.00 for Seniors, and $20.00 for Full Time Students.

$23.00 General
$15.00 Seniors (65 and older)
$15.00 Full Time Students
    (Children 12 and under are free)

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