Arts & Events

Clerestory Sings in Oakland on September 29

By Angela Arnold
Thursday September 19, 2013 - 10:02:00 PM


Clerestory, the Bay Area’s acclaimed 9-man vocal ensemble, has engaged the services of a promising lyricist. Check out his stuff on September 28 in San Francisco, September 29 in Oakland, and/or October 6 in Lodi.

OK, this fellow has a bit of a reputation already... William Shakespeare, a giant of drama and literature, also looms large in the world of music: his clever, innately lyrical words have enticed centuries of composers. With The Bard, Clerestory kicks off its eighth season by paying homage to this greatest of English wordsmiths in songs from the Renaissance through the modern day. Many of the pieces in our program bring to life songs Shakespeare wrote into his own plays—moments in which the drama pauses to elevate a few tender lines or to relish a moment of cheerful coarseness. Familiar favorites from Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Jaako Mäntyjärvi are joined by new treasures from Cory Johnson, Karen Siegel, and others. Are you ‘to be, or not to be’ in the audience? Verily, we hope so! 

Note: The concert will run just over an hour with no intermission. Tickets and other info: 

Past concert recordings are available for free listening or download at - 

Saturday, September 28, 8:00pm SAN FRANCISCO St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 

Sunday, September 29, 4:00pm OAKLAND Chapel of the Chimes 

Sunday, October 6, 4:00pm LODI The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist -----------------