Jay Allen Sanford 3:30 p.m., Sept. 13
Inception: San Diego, 1996
Cappella Gloriana, a professional chamber choir, is the collaborative brainchild of its co-founders, Stephen Sturk and Virginia Sublett. The ensemble is devoted to the performance of the finest and most demanding choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.
The chorus has collaborated with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra (now Orchestra Nova) and others, in the presentation of works such as Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, and Faure’s Requiem.
The ensemble’s repertoire spans six centuries and includes masterpieces from Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame to J.S. Bach’s motets to Copeland’s In the Beginning and Poulenc’s Mass in G Major. Cappella Gloriana has sung hundreds of Renaissance motets and anthems, as well as dozens of first performances of new works, some written especially for the ensemble. The ensemble is especially committed to the music of living American composers.
Celebrating their fifteenth year, they released a holiday-themed album in 2011, A Renaissance Christmas.