Signs and Seasons

July 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunset Center Theater
San Carlos St & 9th Ave
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

The magnificent Carmel Bach Festival Chorale takes the Sunset Center stage for an evening of music inspired by the seasons.

“The program is related to Saturday night’s Creation concert,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill. “The music is about the creation story in Genesis, especially the markers of time (sun, moon, and stars, and the seasons of the year). It is a varied program from Medieval secular song (as an audience sing-along!) to Brahms to an avant-garde piece about the sun, with Copland’s choral masterpiece (“In the beginning”) as a centerpiece.”

Mezzo-soprano soloist Meg Bragle joins the Chorale for the Copland. The Chorale is considered one of the finest professional chorales in the nation — come hear why!


  • Richard Rodney Bennett, The seasons of his mercies from “Sermons and Devotions”
  • Aaron Copland, In the Beginning (featuring Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano)

Sun, moon, and stars

  • Samuel Barber, Sure, on this shining night
  • Benjamin Britten, The evening primrose
  • Johannes Brahms, O schoene Nacht
  • R Murray Schafer, Sun
  • Gyorgy Ligeti, Esjakka and Reggel


  • Thomas Morley, April is in my mistress’ face
  • Claudio Monteverdi, Io mi son giovinetta
  • George Gershwin, Sing of Spring


  • Frederick Delius, To be sung of a summer night on the water I
  • Anonymous, Sumer is i-cumen in sing-along
  • Benjamin Britten, The succession of the four sweet months from Five Flower Songs


  • Johannes Brahms, Spaetherbst
  • Jeremiah Ingalls, Harvest Hymn
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea
  • Veljo Tormis, Heather from Autumn Landscapes


  • Orlande de Lassus, La nuict froide et sombre
  • Morten Lauridsen, How hard the year dies from Mid-winter Songs
  • Claude Debussy, Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain
  • Joni Mitchell, River

A New Creation

  • arr. Shawn Kirchner, Unclouded Day
  • Edgar Leslie Bainton, And I saw a new heaven
  • Shawn Kirchner, I’ll be on my way