DaCapo Choir’s “Leonardo Dreaming”

I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s final concert of the year entitled “Leonardo Dreaming.” This is the choir that I used to sing in. I hadn’t seen/heard them since this time last year.

As always, it was a great concert. I wasn’t familiar with any of the pieces.

The concert was at Knox Presbyterian Church, a lovely venue except forĀ some traffic noise. I will try to go to the Saturday night concerts in the future, because at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church there’s less noise. (They typically have a concert Saturday night and repeat it on Sunday afternoon.)

Each piece was different — in style, language, mood, and accompanying instruments. Yesterday I watched a movie about a string quartet and today I saw one live. There were a small number of strings, woodwinds, harp, percussion, organ, and water glasses.

The first piece was women only — R. Murray Shafer’s “Snowforms,” a piece that draws inspiration from snow. The piece consists mostly of humming, sliding up and down, along with some Inuit words for snow. You wouldn’t want the whole concert to be this type of music but it’s interesting — especially when done by the quality of singers in this choir.

The unusual harmonies of Glenn Buhr’s “Richot Mass” reflect the loss of the composer’s home in a flood.

Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine” was the fun piece of the afternoon, the music sometimes reflecting the music of the time that Leonardo da Vinci lived in.

“Ten Thousand Rivers of Oil” by LenĀ Enns, the conductor of the choir, is a dramatic piece based on texts from the book of Micah and the poetry of George Whipple.

“Sur le pont Mirabeau” by Jeff Enns was gentle and beautiful, a perfect way to end the concert.

I previously reviewed DaCapo’s concert “Celebrating Home.”

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