I Dream a World
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Joyce Keil, Artistic Director & Director of Concert Group and Choral Scholars; Jesse Buddington, Director of Young Men’s Ensemble; Kent Jue, Director of Avanti; Ihang Lin, piano accompanist; Othello Jefferson, organist & accompanist; David M. Jones, Executive Director; Tania Nanevicz, violin; Anton Estaniel, violoncello; Guy Clark & Laura Shea-Clark, trumpets; Justin Privitera, French horn; Alex Bedner, trombone
Ragazzi Boys Chorus I Dream a World concerts feature music inspired by the words of the classic Langston Hughes poem of the same name. This music celebrates the traits that humans have in common the power of love and music to transform lives, across many cultures. Selections include the mystical Adinu, a Sufi chant sung in Arabic, which proclaims that “love is our religion.” Contrasting pieces in Hebrew will be sung: the lively dance Shiru (Sing!), and the thoughtful prayer, LDor Vador. From the European tradition, the six-part counterpoint of William Byrd’s Haec Dies (This is the Day) illuminates the world of the English Renaissance. The concert will also include traditional carols. Founded in 1987, Ragazzi provides outstanding musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men, ages 7-18. Over 200 singer’s from over 100 schools and over 30 coastside and valley communities participate in this internationally recognized program. Under the leadership of artistic director and co-founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both the treble and changed voice. The chorus concertizes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ragazzi participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, which was included in the Symphony’s Grammy award for best classical album in 2000. The chorus also produces its own discography, which is available for sale and sample. Ragazzi Boys Chorus regularly tours in the United States and internationally to widen chorus members musical and cultural horizons, and deepen Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence. For more information please visit ragazzi.org.