CHORA NOVA
A dynamic community of singers in Berkeley, California

Past Seasons

2015-2016 Season

2014-2015 Season

  • 8PM Saturday, May 23, 2015

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

  • 7PM Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek

    4PM Sunday, March 22, 2015

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

  • 4PM Sunday, November 23, 2014

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

    • Richard Strauss
      • Praeludium from Suite in B Flat
    • Anton Bruckner:
      • Mass No. 2 in E Minor
      • Aequale No. 2 in C Minor
      • Ecce sacerdos magnus
      • Ave Maria
      • Os justi
    • Johannes Brahms:
      • Gesang der Parzen
    • Program Notes

2013-2014 Season

  • Saturday, May 24, 2014

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

  • Saturday, March 15, 2014

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

    Pre-concert talk 7:20 p.m: Nalini Ghuman, Associate Professor of Music, Mills College


    Sunday, March 16, 2014

    Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek

    Of Home and Far Horizons: Music from the British Isles

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
    • Edward Elgar: "Praise to the Holiest" from The Dream of Gerontius
    • Benjamin Britten: The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
    • John Foulds: "Requiem" and "Elysium" from A World Requiem
    • Gustav Holst: "To Varuna", "Battle Hymn", and "Hymn to Soma" from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda
    • Sir Charles H. H. Parry: My Soul, there is a Country
    • Edward Bairstow: Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
    • Samuel S. Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace
    • Program Notes
    • Soloists
  • Sunday, November 24, 2013

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

    • Antonín Dvořák:
      • Stabat Mater

      Soloists

      • Angela Eden Moser, soprano
      • Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano
      • Jonathan Smucker, tenor
      • Jeffrey Fields, baritone
      • Nadia Blank, piano
      • Dale Tsang-Hall, piano
    • Program Notes

2012-2013 Season

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013

    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

  • Sunday, March 24, 2013

    St. John's Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

    • Duruflé: Requiem
        Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano
    • Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
        Andrés Beck-Ruiz, soprano
    • Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (Third Group):
      • Hymn to the Waters
      • Hymn of the Travellers
      • Hymn to Agni
      • Hymn to Soma
    • Soloists
  • Saturday, November 17, 2012

    First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

    Handel and Hummel

    • Handel:
      • Choruses from Solomon:
        • "Your harps and cymbals sound"
        • May no rash intruder disturb their soft hours"
        • "From the censer curling rise"
      • Te Deum for Queen Caroline
      • Zadok the Priest
    • Hummel:
      • Mass in D Minor

    Soloists:

    • Jennifer Paulino, soprano
    • Christina Santschi, mezzo-soprano
    • Danielle Reutter-Harrah, alto
    • Mark Bonney, tenor
    • Paul Murray, bass
    Program Notes

2011-2012 Season

  • Saturday, May 26, 2012

    With Guest Conductor Robert Ashens

    A Night at the Opera

    • Scenes for chorus and soloists:
      • Bizet: Les Pcheurs de Perles: Brahma, divin Brahma! and LOmbre descend des cieux
      • Gluck: Orphe et Euridice: Opening scene, Act 2 Quel est laudacieux
      • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina cli
      • Puccini: La Rondine: Inneggiamo alla vita
    • Choruses:
      • Mozart: Die Zauberflte: Heil sei euch Geweihten!
      • Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Humming chorus
      • Verdi: Macbeth: Patria oppressa
      • Nabucco: Va, pensiero
      • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg: Dazu dir der Heiland kam
    • Arias:
      • Puccini: Turandot: Nessun dorma
      • Dvorak: Rusalka: Song to the moon
    Press Release
    Program Notes
    Soloists
  • Sunday, March 25, 2012

    With guest conductor Bruce Koliha

    Schubert and Schumann

    • Franz Schubert
      • Mass in G, D. 167
      • Psalm 23 (Gott ist mein Hirt) D. 706
      • Stndchen, D. 920
    • Robert Schumann
      • Requiem fr Mignon, Op.98b
      • Drei Gedichte, Op. 29
      • Beim Abschied zu Singen, Op. 84
      • Bei Schenkung eines Flgels, WoO 26,4
    Program Notes
  • Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Masses By Mozart

    • Requiem
    • Mass in C (Coronation Mass)
    Press Release
    Program Notes
    Soloists

2010-2011 Season

  • May 28, 2011, 8PM

    Vivaldi Discovered!

    • Dixit Dominus, RV 807 - Antonio Vivaldi
    • Nisi Dominus - Baldassare Galuppi
    • Confitebor tibi Domine Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Program Notes
  • March 19, 2011, 8PM

    Of Loss and Longing

    • Stabat Mater in C minor - Josef Rheinberger
    • Psalm 42 Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser - Felix Mendelssohn
    Program Notes Read the review at SF Classical Voice
  • November 20, 2010, 8PM

    Let the Winds Blow - Works of F.J. Haydn

    • Harmoniemesse
    • Der Sturm
    • Te Deum for Empress Marie Therese
    Program Notes

2009-2010 Season

2008-2009 Season

  • May 24, 2009

    The Triumph of Love

    • Catulli Carmina - Carl Orff
    • LiebesLieder Walzes op. 52 - Johannes Brahms
    Program Notes
  • March 22, 2009

    The Music of Zoltn Kodly

    • Missa Brevis
    • Kll Folk Dances
    • Esti Dal
    • Ksnt
    Program Notes
  • November 22, 2008

    Choral Masterworks of the Baroque Era

    • Requiem - Jan Dismas Zelenka
    • Magnificat - Johann Kuhnau
    Program Notes

2007-2008 Season

  • May 24, 2008

    • Ein Deutsches Requiem - Johannes Brahms
    Program Notes
  • March 8, 2008

    Aphrodite's Muse

    • Works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and others
    Program Notes
  • November 17, 2007

    Homage to Saint Nicholas

    • Missa Sancti Nicolai - Franz Josef Haydn
    • Saint Nicolas Cantata - Benjamin Britten
    Program Notes

2006-2007 Season

  • May 19, 2007

    Celebrating Peace

    • Utrecht Te Deum and Utrecht Jubilate - George Frideric Handel
    • Vesperae Solennes de Confessore - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Program Notes
  • March 25, 2007

    Romance & the Part Song

    • Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 65 Brahms
    • Serenade to Music Vaughan Williams
    • Works by Elgar, Rheinberger, Badings, Jenner, Schubert
    Program Notes
  • November 18, 2006

    Treasures of Michael Haydn

    • Missa Sancti Hieronymi
    • Timete Dominum
    • Ave Regina Caelorum
    Program Notes