You are cordially invited to attend the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital Series at St. Mark’s, Berkeley on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
Evensong will be offered at 3:00 p.m. by the St. Mark’s Choir, immediately followed by an organ recital at approximately 3:50 p.m. offered by Eric Choate. The St. Mark’s Choir will be making their sixth pilgrimage to England this summer singing two one-week residencies in the Cathedrals of Lincoln and Durham.
Music offered at Evensong will include:
Robert Lehman: Preces and Responses (Trinity on the Green, New Haven)
Macfarren and Gray: Psalms 93 and 96
Jack Herman Ossewaarde: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
Mason Bates: The Book of Matthew
George Emblom, director
Jonathan Dimmock, organist
Eric Choate is in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, composer, organist, and pianist. He has begun his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and has recently served in a guest Chorus Master capacity for the San Francisco Symphony and the Berkeley Symphony. He is Assistant Director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which recently involved a collaboration with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. For three years, Eric was Assistant Conductor of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; highlights of this engagement included conducting a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Ypres, Belgium with the Oost-Vlaams Symfonisch Orkest, as well as conducting such works as Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Cherubini’s Requiem, Bach’s Passion according to St. John, and Britten’s War Requiem. Eric is a sought after choral clinician and currently serves as Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
As a composer, his work has been lauded by Examiner.com as “music to grab the listener’s attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline.” He has several awards to his name, including First Prize in the SFCM Art Song Composition Competition, First Prize in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Composition Competition, and runner-up for the James Highsmith Award for orchestral works. Recently he composed an Ave Maria for a Notre-Dame solidarity concert, and conducted the performance with musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, American Bach Soloists, The Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Frederica von Stade, and Johann Vexo. His music has been performed by other renowned artists including The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Brian Thorsett, Emil Miland, Friction Quartet, Areon Flutes, One Found Sound, Mouthscape, and numerous sacred choral ensembles. Eric’s music is published by E. C. Schirmer and Augsburg Fortress.
Graduating with Departmental Distinction, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt. He was awarded a fellowship to study harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France; from this, he graduated with Honorable Mentions in Harmony and Solfege. He then went on to earn a Master of Music with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Sonata no. 3 in A Major, op. 65 – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
i. Con moto maestoso
ii. Andante tranquillo
11 Chorale Preludes, op. 122 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
O Gott, du frommer Gott
Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele
O Welt, ich muß dich lassen
Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Promenade and Chorale – Eric Choate (b. 1990)
While there is no admission charge, a free-will offering is received.
Tax-Deductible contributions may be made payable to St. Mark’s Choir Association.
A festive reception follows in LIONS HALL.
Free parking is available in the parish garage at 2315 Ellsworth Street.
The recitalist on Sunday, March 8 will feature Polish Organist Mateusz Rzewuski.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkGsljrCi0DnQKratPdz8_AWe look forward to seeing you soon!
If you have any questions, please contact George Emblom, Director of Music, at GAEmblom@aol.com