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GAUDE – Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 4 pm

Jace Wittig, Director
Caitlin Tabancay Austin & Elizabeth Kimble, soprano; Celeste Winant & Gabriela Estephanie Solis, alto; Samuel Faustine & Tim Silva, tenor; Matthew Peterson & Clayton Moster, bass

Jacob Handle Rorate caeli
Orlando di Lasso Conditor alme siderum
Arvo Pärt Morning Star
William Byrd Infelix ego
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Cloud-Capped Towers
Thomas Tallis O nata lux
Tomás Luis de Victoria Ave regina caelorum a 8
Javier Busto Ave maris stella
Pavel Chesnokov Hvalite gospodna, Op. 42
Claudio Monteverdi Sfogava con le stelle
Carlo Gesualdo Al mio gioir il ciel si fa sereno
William Hawley In stiller nacht
Johannes Brahms Abendstänchen
Ēriks Ešenvalds Stars

Gaude will perform Heaven Full of Stars–a program of dynamic, a cappella choral music covering eight centuries. Poets and musicians through the ages have looked to heavens for inspiration, solace, guidance, and celebration. These impulses are heard through the eclectic voices of composers from Medieval Italy, the Spanish Renaissance, German Romanticism, and today. GAUDE is a professional, a cappella chamber ensemble based in San Francisco, California. Directed by Jace Wittig (former Interim Director of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer), Gaude presents a cappella masterpieces from the Renaissance and beyond in intimate settings with modern sensibility. Gaude seeks to engage the concert-going public, new listeners, and student musicians alike through unique programming and joyfully artistic performances. “Gaude” means “Rejoice” in Latin—the most common language for Sacred Renaissance music, which forms the core of our repertoire. Gaude’s debut concerts took place in December 2015 to an overwhelmingly positive response in San Jose and San Francisco. The 2017 calendar year includes Gaude’s return to Old First Concerts in San Francisco, as well as repeat performances in San Jose (at the 2017 ACDA-CASMEC Conference) and new ventures in the North Bay. For more information please visit

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