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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Ragazzi Boys Chorus Presents “Mysteries and Miracles”

Nov 30, 2021
Ragazzi Boys Chorus makes its triumphant return to the stage with its first in-person concert in San Francisco in almost two years, “Mysteries and Miracles.” Featuring vaccinated singers from Ragazzi’s Young Men’s Ensemble, Concert Group, and Choral Scholars, this holiday concert will include treasured yuletide gems and contemporary festive pieces to celebrate the season. Led by Artistic and Executive Director Kent Jue, “Mysteries and Miracles” will perform at 4pm PST Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Old First Church (1751 Sacramento St.) in San Francisco.

Spotlighting the magic of the holiday season, “Mysteries and Miracles” will include a wide variety of songs in its repertoire. Among the works offered by Ragazzi’s Concert Group (CG) and Choral Scholars (CS) are Richard Oswin’s fervent ‘Sanctus’; Christmas classic ‘Hodie’, arranged by Edmund Hughes and Edward Galante; and ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’, Craig Courtney’s dreamy, sparkling arrangement of the standard carol with text by Nahum Tate. CG and CS will also perform Anton Bruckner’s profound motet ‘Locus Iste’ and Philip Lawson’s a cappella arrangement of ‘Down to the River to Pray’, an Appalachian folksong made popular by the Grammy Award-winning film ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. CG will sing John Rutter’s buoyant and lively ‘Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day’; Evan Ramos’ elegant ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, a setting of a Latin Christmas text exploring a moment of great wonder and mystery; and Alessandro Grandi’s rich, resonant ‘Hodie, nobis de caelo’, edited by Tortolando. CS will also perform Howard Helvey’s upbeat arrangement of the traditional Catalan Carol ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’.

During this thrilling performance, Young Men’s Ensemble (YME) will also perform Michael John Trotta’s mesmerizing arrangement of the 18th century hymn ‘Veni, Veni Emmanuel’, Kim Andre Arnesen’s beautifully expressive ‘Cradle Hymn’ with words from Isaac Watts’ poem, Morten Lauridsen’s emotive a cappella arrangement ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, and David Conte’s driving and rhythmic a cappella arrangement of the Traditional French Burgundian Carol ‘Pat-a-Pan’. YME will contrast Stephen Caracciolo’s gorgeous a cappella arrangement of ‘O Tannenbaum’ (composed by Melchior Franck) with Carl J. Nygard’s delightful arrangement ‘Oh! Christmas Tree???’, a parody of the traditional German carol. YME will also sing a rollicking rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ by James Pierpont, arranged by Philip Lawson, and the joyous, traditional Kenyan song ‘Wana Baraka’, arranged by Shawn Kirchner.

Peninsula-based Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere music and performance organizations for boys. Ragazzi means “boys” in Italian and is the term used in opera to refer to children’s voices. Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, etc.

For the in-person concert, audience capacity is limited to 100, with social distancing enforced. All audience members are required to wear a mask, and all performers, staff, volunteers, and audience members must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering the concert space. For tickets ($25) and more information the public may visit Ragazzi.org or call 650-342-8785.

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Photo caption: Ragazzi Boys Chorus will lift their voices with festive songs of the holiday season with the concert "Mysteries and Miracles" December 12, 2021 at at Old First Church in San Francisco. (Photo Credit: David Allen)


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