Concert Information

2017-2018 SEASON

Light and Shadow
November 19, 2017
With its characteristic mix of musical styles, Collage Vocal Ensemble presents pieces that rejoice in the light and examine what may lurk in the shadows. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to LifeMoves.

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round
May 6, 2018
Where in the world might you like to travel? Collage Vocal Ensemble will take you on a journey rejoicing in this wonderful emotion common to peoples everywhere.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Music in the Schools Foundation.


2016-2017 SEASON

The Many Modes of May
Sunday, May 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Free Admission - $15 suggested donation, proceeds benefit Music in the Schools Foundation.

In our spring concert under the leadership of Rafael Ornes, singers of the Collage Vocal Ensemble will present pieces that explore the month of May with its wondrous fair skies as well as its days of rain. We sing music that touches on events in May such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. We close the concert with a fun look at another aspect of the word May, namely mayday, mayday!

Join us for an afternoon of music spanning a wonderful variety of styles. And, meet us at a reception following the concert.

The Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, is dedicated to promoting the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District. The organization provides classroom and after-school music instruction in East Palo Alto for almost 1,500 students in pre-school through fifth grade.  To learn more, visit the website at:http://www.musicintheschools.org.


Seasons of the Heart
Sunday, November 20th, 2016 - 4:00 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 
Free admission - $15 suggested donation, proceeds benefit Life Moves (formerly InnVision) 
Reception to follow 

The twenty singers of Collage Vocal Ensemble will evoke emotions of the heart associated with the four seasons of nature: the resolve of Winter, the nostalgia of Fall, the ardor of Summer, and the joy of Spring.  As the heart knows no bounds, we draw songs from classical composers of the present and past, and from arrangers of vocal jazz and tunes from the ‘60s.

Rafel Ornes, director
Yi Wang, accompanist


2015-2016 SEASON


Heavenly Bodies

Sunday, November 8th, 2015 - 4:00 PM

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 
Free admission - $15 suggested donation 
Reception to follow 

The fall program, Heavenly Bodies, celebrates the beauty and power of bodies both celestial and physical, and features works by Monteverdi, Mozart, Urmas Sisask, Jonathan Dove, and the Beatles.


Heavenly Virtues, Deadly Sins
Sunday, May 1st, 2015 - 4:00 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 
Free admission - $15 suggested donation 
Reception to follow 

Did you know that there are Seven Heavenly Virtues, one for each of the Seven Deadly Sins? Practice Caritas (Charity), and you will be protected from the sin of Avaritia (Greed). Observe Temperantia(Temperance), and you can avoid the sin of Gula (Gluttony). Act with Humilitas (Humility) to evade the trap of Superbia (Pride). The Collage Vocal Ensemble will explore the complete list of Virtues in a concert performance at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park on Sunday, May 1st at 4pm. You will be inspired and uplifted! But, in order to avoid the cardinal sin of Taedium (Boredom), we’re throwing in the Seven Deadly Sins, too. Please join us for an exciting program on Virtues and Sins, featuring music by Handel, Haydn, Bruckner, Elgar, Gorecki, Spencer, and more. All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Music in the Schools Foundation.

 

The Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, is dedicated to promoting the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District. The organization provides classroom and after-school music instruction in East Palo Alto for almost 1,500 students in pre-school through fifth grade.  To learn more, visit the website at:http://www.musicintheschools.org.



2014-2015 SEASON

There Was a Tree: Songs of Flowers, Trees, Birds and Bees

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - 3:00 PM 

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 
Free admission - $15 suggested donation 
Reception to follow 

Another dry winter has come and gone, but miraculously nature prevails – heralding the arrival of spring with bursts of pink cherry blossoms and the vivid green of new, budding leaves. While drought is a time to conserve water, it is also a time to appreciate – perhaps more deeply than ever – the richness and beauty of the natural world around us.  

The Collage Vocal Ensemble invites you to join us in a celebration of all things botanical on Sunday, May 3rd, 3pm at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. The chorus will present a varied and entertaining program of choral and small ensemble works: romantic English part songs by Holst, Bridge, and Vaughan Williams; Eric Whitacre’s lush and thrilling Three Flower Songs; close-harmony jazz standards by Cole Porter and Joseph Kosma; Broadway hits from Lucy Simon’s The Secret Garden and Bernstein’s Candide; plus, songs by Jean Ritchie, the Andrews Sisters, Paul Rudoi, Wade Hemsworth, Michael Hennagin, Stephen Chatman, and Chauncey Olcott. CVE is particularly proud to present one of the first public performances of “Water Lilies,” an ethereal setting of the Sara Teasdale poem by Bay Area composer, Raymond Chen.  All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Music in the Schools Foundation.

The Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, is dedicated to promoting the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District. The organization provides classroom and after-school music instruction in East Palo Alto for almost 1,500 students in pre-school through fifth grade.  To learn more, visit the website at: http://www.musicintheschools.org.

A condensed version of this concert program will also be presented on Friday, May 8th.

Friday, May 8th, 2015 – 7:00 PM
The Sequoias Retirement Community Hanson Hall 
501 Portola Road, Portola Valley 
Free Admission


The New Year: Pondering Eternity with a Nice Stiff Drink

Sunday, November 16, 2014
3:00 PM

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Free Admission - $15 suggested donation to benefit the InnVision Shelter Network

Reception to follow


"The New Year: Pondering Eternity with a Nice Stiff Drink"
Sunday November 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm 

St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA

Free admission - $15 suggested donation to benefit the InnVision Shelter Network.

Reception to follow


“…it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

 

Do you remember that great scene at the end of When Harry Met Sally? True, Harry’s love for Sally was years in the making – it didn’t happen just because of New Year’s Eve – but it’s also no coincidence that he experienced his life-changing epiphany on that most outwardly frivolous of holidays.  The end of the old year, and the arrival of the new, is celebrated in virtually every culture and continent around the world.  While in the West it is today most closely associated with late-night debauchery, in all cultures, the New Year is a time for both celebration and introspection. It is a time to take stock of one’s life, and make resolutions to live better in the coming year.  It is a time to honestly consider one’s sins, and ask for forgiveness.  It is a time to remember what really matters in life – family, friends, faith, love – and to honor these things. It is a time to be mindful, and to be grateful.

 

On Sunday, November 16th at 3pm, the Collage Vocal Ensemble honors the rich and diverse celebrations surrounding the New Year in Jewish, Christian and secular traditions with a concert performance at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.  The program features beloved chestnuts from the Yom Kippur service, including Janowski’s “Avinu Malkeinu” and Russotto’s “Kol Nidre,” as well as festive works by Maurice Goldman and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Shulamit Ran.  Parry’s “Welcome, Yule!” rings in the New Year with cheerful abandon; Barber’s “Twelfth Night” broods ominously on the darkest night of winter, but finds hope in the birth of the Christ, and early signs of spring. We are urged to make haste and toast the passing year in wonderful small-ensemble works by Rossini and Stanford, while Schumann’s setting of “Auld Lang Syne” recalls old friends and years past with sentimental longing.  And of course, this concert wouldn’t be complete without Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”.  The program also features works by Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Nicky Mehta, and the Wailin’ Jennys.  All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the InnVision Shelter Network.



 2013-2014 SEASON

Angels and Monsters

Saturday, November 9th
8:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Rd, Los Altos, CA
Free Admission - $15 suggested donation to benefit the Community Services Agency of Mountain View

Reception to follow


Friday, November 15th – 7:00 PM

Hanson Hall

The Sequoias

501 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Free admission


Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls come face to face with the celestial heralds of the Christmas season in the Collage Vocal Ensemble’s fall 2013 concert titled, “Angels and Monsters.”  Ranks of six-winged seraphim and cherubim inspire awe and wonder in Kurt Erickson’s “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” and Jonathan Quick’s fantastic double-chorus work, “Angels From Heaven Came.”  A different sort of angel – an alluring lover – inspired Landin’s 13th-century balata, “Angelica beltá,” as well as Gershwin’s lush ballad, “Someone To Watch Over Me.”  In contrast, a ravenous horde of genies, vampires and dragons descends upon a peaceful town in Gabriel Fauré’s virtuosic setting of Victor Hugo’s “Les Djinns” (“The Genies”).  A unicorn, a serpent, a pelican, a phoenix, a hydra, a crocodile and a lion all inhabit Ola Gjeilo’s allegorical “Unicornis captivatur.”  A brave church Deacon encounters four giant ghost cats in Jester Hairston’s “That Old House is Ha’nted,” while an old cowpoke is warned to stay on the straight and narrow in the classic “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”  The program also includes works by Handl, Byrd, Verdi, Callcott, Cardoso, and Orbán.

 

Five Scientifically Proven Signs You're In Love

Amy Stuart Hunn, Artistic Director

Yi Wang, Collaborative Pianist 

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - 2:00 PM

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Free admission - $15 suggested donation to benefit There With Care

Reception to follow

 

You’ve just met someone special.  You think this might even be LOVE – but how can you be sure?  Naturally, your first thought will be to turn to your trusted local chamber choir to help you figure it out.  But, proceed with caution!  Do you really need to hear yet another sentimental concert program extolling the glories of romantic love, complete with roses, rainbows, and the usual allusions to spring?  No!  This is the 21st century, and what you need are some cold, hard, scientific facts. 

 

The Collage Vocal Ensemble is here to help.  Join us on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park for a concert performance both entertaining and edifying!  Drawing upon our extensive research into more than 500 years’ worth of choral repertoire, we will highlight five “scientifically” proven signs you’re in love.  Composers such as Gerald Finzi, Stephen Foster, Thomas Morley, and Claude Debussy knew a thing or two about amour.  P.D.Q. Bach, Gustav Holst, and John Clements have insights to add, as well.  But, that’s not all.  Once you know you’re in love, what then?  Find out what our research – based upon authoritative choral settings on the subject by experts including Lionel Daunais, Paul Sjolund, Benjamin Britten, Gwyneth Walker and Nathan Christensen – indicates are the three most likely outcomes of True Love.  (Hint: you don’t want to be on the business end of a Murder Ballad.)  You really can’t afford to miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance.  Your love life may never be the same again!


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PREVIOUS SEASONS:


2012-2013
The Journey Home
Songs of Travel and Homecoming
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
8:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church
581 East Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale

The Los Altos-based Collage Vocal Ensemble and director Amy Stuart Hunn will present a varied and engaging spring concert at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Sunnyvale, CA on Friday, May 3rd at 8:00 pm.  The program explores the themes of travel and homecoming through the music of American and British composers.  Whether exalting the joy of Christ’s ascension to heaven in Stanford’s double choir motet, “Coelos Ascendit Hodie,” or giving a swinging rendition of the cradle’s fall from the tree in Michelle Weir’s vocal jazz arrangement of “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” the program itself is a journey through numerous musical styles and traditions – from classical church motets, to popular Beatles arrangements, to early American shape-note tunes, to African-American spirituals.  We hope you will join us for an evening of great music and great fun!  Admission is free.

The Collage Vocal Ensemble is a select chamber choir dedicated to performing compelling, challenging repertoire from a wide range of time periods and musical traditions.  Founded in May, 2011, the Los Altos-based group presents a mix of full-ensemble and small-ensemble works in its concerts, and donates all net proceeds to local charitable organizations.  For more information, please visit our website at: www.collagevocalensemble.org.

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2011-2012
Déjà Vu
An Evening of Unexpected Expectation
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
8:00 PM
Ladera Community Church
3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley


This fall the sixteen members of the Collage Vocal Ensemble, joined by
Artistic Director Amy Stuart Hunn and pianist Yi Wang, will present
two concerts in one!  The first half features Johannes Brahms’s
exquisite Vier Quartette, Op.92 for chorus and piano, as well as full-
and small-ensemble works by Gian Carlo Menotti, John Rutter, J. S.
Bach, Percy Grainger, and Stephen Foster.  With the opening of the
second half, the audience may begin to notice that sensation of
unexpected familiarity known as déjà vu: each successive piece is
connected by text or theme to its corollary in the first half.  The
latter half of the program includes excerpts from Ralph Vaughan
Williams’s rousing cantata, In Windsor Forest, as well as Stephen
Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; plus, works by Benjamin Britten,
Gustav Holst, Zoltán Kodály, Franz Josef Haydn and Toivo Kuula.
Please join the CVE for an evening of great music with an unexpected
(and yet somehow strangely familiar…) twist!
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On With the Dance!
Folk Music and Popular Songs from Around the World
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
4:00 PM
Saint Ann Chapel
541 Melville Avenue – Palo Alto, CA

Please join the nineteen members of the Collage Vocal Ensemble, and Artistic Director
Amy Stuart Hunn, for an exciting and diverse program of folk and popular music from
around the world: lullabies and love songs from the Philippines; tango from Argentina;
balada from Brazil; gaita de tambora and joropo from Venezuela; waltzes from Russia
and Hawai’i; son and bolero from Cuba. CVE members will be featured in both small
and large ensembles – from intimate duets to full-ensemble pieces – and the singers will
also join in with percussion instruments and ukeleles! In keeping with the CVE mission,
all net proceeds from this concert will be donated to a local charity.
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Inaugural Concert: 
Collage gave its inaugural concert on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Ladera Community Church in Portola Valley. The concert was completely sold out with the proceeds going to support InnVision's efforts to provide after school program support to needy youth. 

Eighteen
Friday, November 18th, 2011
8:00 PM
Ladera Community Church
3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley

Please join the eighteen members of the Collage Vocal Ensemble, and Artistic Director, 
Amy Stuart Hunn, as they present their inaugural concert this November, showcasing a 
wonderful mix of a cappella choral music designed to get you in the mood for the holidays!  
The program will feature the rich sonorities of Tavener, Chesnokov and Whitacre, the thrilling 
drama of Verdi, the gorgeous lyricism of Mendelssohn and Howells, as well as fantastic 
small-ensemble vocal jazz numbers by Matsuoka and Puerling, and more.

In collaboration with the Ladera Community Church, Collage will be donating all net proceeds
 from this concert to InnVision.  InnVision provides housing and other support for the homeless 
on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.  Specifically, our contribution will go to purchase sports 
equipment and pay participation fees for children and youth served by the InnVision center 
in Redwood City.