battle hymns

Help Volti and SF Choral Society produce a video documenting the West Coast Premiere of this monumental choral and dance masterpiece by David Lang
Barbara Heroux
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members



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Any contributions over & above the actual cost of the project will become donations split evenly between SF Choral Society and Volti. 

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battle hymns

David Lang is one of the most exciting composers of our time -- one of the founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, among many other credits.  Four performing organizations joined forces to present the West Coast Premiere of his 2009 work “battle hymns” in April 2013 in San Francisco.  This is a major, hour-long piece for large chorus, modern dancers and percussion.  It’s a large-scale meditation on war, based on Civil War texts, and these performances happened during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

It’s a profoundly moving, evocative, emotional piece of performance art.  David Lang’s minimalist music washes over you in waves of texture, bringing you into an almost trance-like state as you watch the singers and dancers moving.  A typical audience response:

Thank you for giving me the privilege of witnessing your stunning performance of “battle hymns”.  It moved me to tears.  The music was deeply moving.  The dancers and choreography drew me into the performance.  The work, in sum, was brilliant.  Congratulations on a magnificent production.

The singers came from the San Francisco Choral Society (a large auditioned all-volunteer symphonic chorus), Volti (a 20-voice professional chamber chorus specializing in contemporary music), and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirover 150 singers in all.  All three choruses are led by artistic director Robert Geary, who did all the musical preparation and conducted the performances from five different positions -- sometimes among the singers, sometimes above in a balcony, sometimes off to one side.  Overseeing all the movement -- of singers and dancers alike --  was the original choreographer who created this work in Philadelphia in 2009, Leah Stein, who brought her troupe of nine wonderful modern dancers, along with percussionist Toshi Makihara

This is the biggest thing Volti and the Choral Society have ever undertaken.  We rented Kezar Pavilion, a basketball arena in Golden Gate Park, which stood in for a battlefield, a refugee camp, a military parade ground … wherever the audience’s imagination takes them.  The audience was seated right there with the performers, with no theatrical proscenium to separate them from the action.  The production included lights, costumes, kids, dancers … the whole magilla. 

And we want to document it all on video.  We brought in a team of professional videographers to do justice to telling the story of how all these people have joined together to make extraordinary art -- plus, a DVD will make it possible for many more people to see the performance.  Now we need to do the editing and post-production work to make it a reality.

We’re hoping to raise $5,000 in contributions from friends like you. No amount is too small -- send us $5 if that's what you can do.  Thank you! 

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    We'll list your name on a special thank-you page on our website: Producer Credit, for only ten bucks!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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    Website thank-you listing plus an audio download of a track from "battle hymns"

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    Website thank you, free download track, poster, ticket, AND a copy of the DVD you've helped produce

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    All of the above, plus an Associate Producer credit on the DVD and an invitation to one of the final rehearsals. Meet the performers, get the insider look at how this huge performance all comes together.

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