Out of Darkness (2/25/2017)


Paul Vasile, Organ

Saturday,  February 25, 8:00 pm
Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Oakland

San Francisco Girls Chorus 
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With special guest, Paul Vasile, organist

Lent is a time for inner contemplation, especially of the darkness in one’s soul. Many composers, including Felix Mendelssohn, who began life in a prominent Jewish family and fervently converted to Lutheranism later, used the Hebrew Psalm texts – or Tehillim – to meditate on the more solemn side of faith. In the Romantic era, the organ took on grander proportions, bringing a symphonic profundity to devotional music. This concert features Mendelssohn’s epic “Three Motets,” Poulenc’s serene “Litanies a la Vierge Noire” and psalm settings by Brahms, Grieg, Arvo Pärt and others. Virtuoso organist Paul Vasile joins the SF Girls Chorus on the grand organs at these magnificent churches.

Tickets: $36 Reserved, $26 General Admission, $18 Student