San Joaquin Chorale Concert offers three premiers

Among the selections is the world premier of Kevin Memley's "Alleluia," a work dedicated to and composed for the San Joaquin Chorale. Memley modeled the piece after Rene Clausen's successful work using the same one-word text.

Also on the bill are two San Joaquin Valley premiers: The first is "Jubilate" by Bob Chilcott, who studied music at King's College, Cambridge, and has been a member of the King's Singers. The piece comprises six movements on texts from Psalm 100 and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Melinda Ramos will be the featured soprano soloist.

The other Valley premier is the "Son of God" mass by James Whitbourn. Well known for spanning musical genres from "classical" to film and television scores for film and television, Whitbourn composed the BBC's title music for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. This mass is unique in that it combines organ and chorus with soprano saxophone, featuring Alan Durst.

Other selections include Durst in a performance of Joshua Shank’s setting of an E. E. Cumming text "when god decided to invent" and settings by 20th century composers Kenneth Leighton, Richard Nance, David N. Childs, Daniel Hughes and David Cherwien.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations