#MeToo

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

The #MeToo movement is shining a light on the pervasiveness of sexual violence within our culture. Join us for a special program which honors the diverse experiences of those affected through poetry, storytelling, and song. The afternoon 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 choral music by Olli Kortekangas, Eliza Gilkyson, Carly Simon, and David Lang will be interwoven with stories from the #MeToo movement. This promises to be a provocative, evocative, and, hopefully, consoling tapestry of voices and experiences, the difficult content at its heart notwithstanding. We hope you will join us for a time of speaking, listening, and sharing in this moment that is ours.

Living Buddha, Living Christ

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

Join the 26 singers of Convivium for Living Buddha, Living Christ, a choral tapestry exploring the rich connections between Buddhism and Christianity. The program features Arvo Pärt's haunting setting of the Beatitudes, Reed Criddle's breathtaking arrangement of a traditional Chan Buddhist melody, and meditative works by Stölzel, Albright, Tillen, and Cage. The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna will also lead us in a short introduction to mindfulness meditation. All are welcome!

In Remembrance: From Darkness into Light

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 10:15 am
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

As the leaves fall and the shadows lengthen, join the adventurous vocal ensemble Convivium for a musical meditation on mortality. This evocative sequence of poetry and music interweaves the timeless liturgy of the Anglican burial service with choral music from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Artistic director Eric Tuan leads the choir in William Croft’s solemn Burial Sentences, sung at the funeral of every British monarch since the 18th century; John Tavener's mesmerizing Funeral Ikos; and a diverse array of luminous works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, John Ireland, Thomas Tomkins, and Craig Hella Johnson.

Whether you are atheist or agnostic, a regular churchgoer, or a spiritual seeker, we hope you will join us for this moving reflection on our shared humanity.

J.S. Bach – Sweet and Low

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
J.S. Bach – Sweet and Low
Stanford Memorial Church
Free admission

Convivium joins forces with the Stanford Baroque Soloists, under the direction of Anthony Martin, to present J.S. Bach’s virtuosic Easter cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4. Other works on the program include Bach’s third orchestral suite and contemporary re-imaginings of Bach’s legacy. 

Welcoming the Stranger: An Evensong with Convivium

Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

The numbers are staggering: over 65 million people are currently refugees from war and persecution, with 24 people being displaced every minute. Join the chamber choir Convivium and the Christ Church Los Altos community for a special service of Evensong that explores the human face behind the refugee crisis in scripture, liturgy, and song. We will hear music by refugee composers Peter Philips and Arvo Pärt, including Pärt's haunting setting of the Beatitudes, alongside reflections on the immigrant experience by Ysaye Barnwell, Shawn Crouch, and Kurt Bestor. 

A collection will be taken for Episcopal Migration Ministries, a refugee resettlement program that has helped welcome over 50,000 refugees to the United States since its inception in 1939.

Queer Voices: Music from the LGBT Community

Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos
Free admission

How does the queer community express itself in song? Convivium’s upcoming program explores the extraordinary diversity of choral music written by members of the LGBT community. We hear ethereal sacred music by Mikko Sidoroff and Francis Poulenc; LJ White’s moving reflection on queer identity and adolescence, I/We; recent works by Pacific Rim composers Saunder Choi and Eric Tuan; and the rousing March of the Women by the remarkable suffragette Ethel Smyth. Join us for a program that will transport you, surprise you, and challenge your perceptions of the queer community. 

The first part of this program is a meditative service of sung Compline, featuring sacred music by queer composers. Please know that this is a safe space for all, sponsored by a progressive and welcoming church, and no religious participation is required.