About this project
The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) needs your help to raise funds to record our first CD, the world-premiere recording of the rarely heard "Music for the Mass" by avant-garde American composer Milton Babbitt.
In December 2010, IOCSF gave the West Coast premiere of Milton Babbitt's haunting and intricate "Music for the Mass." Written in 1938, this beautiful and contrapuntal Mass was unpublished until 2010, and contrasts markedly with Babbitt’s later compositions that were known for their strict adherence to serialism. Performing this piece was an extremely rewarding experience for IOCSF, and we are excited to be the first choir to record this rich, unique piece.
IOCSF is committed to expanding the audience for choral music, and is recognized for its artistic excellence while making cutting-edge choral music accessible to audiences through exclusively free performances. We would love to introduce Milton Babbitt’s "Music for the Mass" to national and international audiences through this ambitious recording project.
Hailed by the San Francisco Classical Voice as "spot-on-spectacular," the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF), led by Artistic Director Zane Fiala, was founded in 2003 and is named after the color of the Golden Gate Bridge. Recipient of the 2011 Chorus America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, IOCSF is an auditioned volunteer-based chamber choir devoted to performing established repertoire of all periods, with particular attention to contemporary music including newly commissioned works by promising and established composers. To date, IOCSF has performed world premieres of twenty-five choral works and has also presented regional premieres of four works including Milton Babbitt’s "Music for the Mass," Thomas Ades’ "Fayrfax Carol," and the 2008 revision of Jake Heggie’s "Faith Disquiet." In 2011, IOCSF released "Peace," by Aaron Pike, the first publication in a new choral music publishing series partnership with Santa Barbara Music.
IOCSF has collaborated with Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao, Jake Heggie, and Nicole Folland; appeared as part of the Noontime Concert Series at Old St. Mary’s Church and the Noe Valley Chamber Music Series in San Francisco; performed in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club at Grace Cathedral; participated in the Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland; and served as a Featured Ensemble, giving both performances and master classes at the 2011 Chorus America National Conference. Since its inception, the group has been committed to performing at least four free concerts a year featuring challenging and imaginative a cappella choral programming.
The group also provides a community where young adult singers with extensive musical backgrounds can come together to create music of high artistic standards with their peers. For additional information, please visit www.iocsf.org.
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