December 10, 2004

Pacific Camerata To Perform Two Concerts

Pacific CamerataOne of San Diego's premier choral ensembles, Pacific Camerata, will present two performances of an international program of Renaissance music for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 11, and Thursday, December 16. Part of the Foundation for Early Music Performance, Pacific Camerata has been performing a wide variety of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music in churches and halls throughout San Diego since 1994, including appearances with the internationally known Irish group The Chieftans and the San Diego Symphony.

I shot this photo of Pacific Camerata before a concert in March. Two old friends from my days taking pictures for Tom Rusch's Covenant Ark Theatre way back in the '70s are part of the group. Vickie Jenkins is second from the right in the front row and Dan Ratelle is on the far right. Dan also is the group's director, and I've actually known him since the '60s, as he was a year behind me at St. Augustine High School.

Here's some info from Pacific Camerata's web site:

The vocal ensemble Pacific Camerata will present an international program of Renaissance music for Advent and Christmas, with selections by Englandís John Taverner and William Byrd, Spainís Manuel Cardoso and Francisco Guerrero, Italyís Giovanni Palestrina and Giovanni Anerio, Germanyís Gregor Aichinger and Hildegard, and more. Commentary about the music and the background of this program will be given along with the music.

This program can be heard twice. The first concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, in the stunning architecture of St. Georgeís Serbian Orthodox Church, located at 3025 Denver St., overlooking Mission Bay. For more information, call 619-527-4457 or e-mail

The second performance will occur amidst the Renaissance paintings of the Hibben Gallery at the San Diego Museum of Art at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. The combination of Renaissance art and music has been described as truly transporting. Tickets are available at the museum or through Ticketmaster. For more info, call the museum at 619-696-1966 or check their web site at

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