From Desolation to Consolation: A Requiem

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

“Every lament is a love song.”

As the leaves fall and the shadows lengthen, join the singers of Convivium for a moving musical meditation on mortality. This candlelit program guides us on a journey through grief, weaving together powerful choral music with the raw poetry of the Hebrew psalms and the ecstatic verses of Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. Featured composers include John Tavener, Benjamin Britten, Meredith Monk, Melissa Dunphy, John Sheppard, and others.

Hear Convivium sing John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos here.

Still I Rise: A Program for International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

Convivium explores a millennium of thrilling music by female composers, ranging from cloistered nuns to queer suffragettes. Featured will be Melissa Dunphy’s powerful work American DREAMers, exploring the voices of undocumented immigrants in contemporary America.

Hear a preview of American DREAMers at its premiere by PhilHarmonia.

#MeToo: Exploring the Movement in Story and Song

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street, San Francisco
Free admission

First presented in Los Altos in May 2018 to critical acclaim, #MeToo: Exploring the Movement in Story and Song will be offered in the glorious space of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. This powerful multidisciplinary program honors the diverse experiences of those affected by sexual violence through poetry, storytelling, and song.

The evening will be guided by the vocal artists of the chamber choir Convivium, under the direction of conductor Eric Tuan, and curated by the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna, co-producer and co-writer of the award-winning documentary film Miss Representation. Powerful music by Meredith Monk, Melissa Dunphy, Eliza Gilkyson, Olli Kortekangas and others will be interwoven with stories from the #MeToo movement.

Hear a preview of Convivium rehearsing for last year’s #MeToo program here.