This spring, Ragazzi Boys Chorus will present Cantate!, a jubilant concert celebrating the joy of singing. Featuring singers from the Ragazzi Young Men’s Ensemble, the Concert Band and Choral Seekers, this concert will include upbeat hymns of rejoicing and contemplative melodies of perseverance.
Led by Artistic and Executive Director Kent Jue, Cantate! will perform at 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Mission Santa Clara de Asís in Santa Clara. For tickets ($20 to $40) and more information, the public can visit Ragazzi.org or call (650) 362-4425.
Cantata! will include a wide variety of songs that express the myriad powers of music. Works offered by Ragazzi’s Concert Group (CG) and Choral Scholars (CS) include Robert Lowry’s lively and soaring How Can I Keep From Singing, arranged by Sarah Quartel; the vibrant Cantata Domino by Giovanni F. Anerio, arranged by Jim Leininger; the deep motet Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner; and Pepper Choplin’s glorious a cappella Reap What You Sow. CG and CS will also perform The Gift to Sing, with text by James Weldon Johnson and arrangement by Marianne Forman, a piece about singing in adversity which received an honorable mention at the King’s Singers New Music Prize 2020. CG will also feature Antonio Vivaldi’s superb Laudamus Te of “Gloria” and the serene and exquisite I Will Sing with the Spirit by John Rutter.
During this exuberant performance, Young Men’s Ensemble (YME) will perform In Meeting We Are Blessed, a peaceful song of friendship and unity with music by Troy D. Robertson and text by R. Gatsnahos and John Donne. YME will also perform the moving a cappella Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo; Stephen Foster‘s Hard Times, a contemplative song about perseverance arranged by Nick Johnson with rustic charm; and Tim Osiek’s fluid arrangement of the spiritual traditional Like a River in my Soul. CG will join YME in singing Kevin Memley’s resplendent Ave Maria.
Peninsula-based Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading boys’ music and performance organizations. Ragazzi returned to rehearsals and in-person performances. The award-winning choir has been busy over the past two years with virtual and in-person streaming rehearsals and performances, using JackTrip Labs’ revolutionary remote music creation technology. During the 2019-2020 school year, more than 250 boys from more than 100 schools in more than 30 Bay Area communities participated in the program. Ragazzi means “boys” in Italian and is the term used in opera to refer to children’s voices. Ragazzi has performed with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Opera, West Bay Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley, Masterworks Chorale, and Stanford University Symphonic Chorus, among others. The group has toured across the United States and overseas. Ragazzi was honored for his contribution to the recording of Stravinsky’s Persephone, which won three Grammy Awards, and has five CDs available: A Holiday Collection, Canciones de Alabanza, Magnificat: My Spirit Rejoices, Splendors of the Italian Baroque and I Dream. A world.
For more information, visit Ragazzi.org