Jace Wittig, Director
GAUDE is a professional, a cappella chamber ensemble based in San Francisco. Directed by Jace Wittig (former Interim Director of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer), Gaude presents choral 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, presented by Music on the Hill. Gaude is regularly presented by Old First Concerts in San Francisco, and was the premier professional chorus at the 2017 CASMEC Conference in San Jose. Their performance will include choral Christmas works, including Gabrieli’s Magnificat, Victoria’s O magnum mysterium, Poulenc’s Videntes stellam, Howells’s A Spotless Rose, Willan’s The Three Kings, and excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, along with lively Villancicos by composers from Old and New Spain, and arrangements of familiar carols.