Time and Place
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 4:00pm
The Santa Cruz Chorale closes its 2021-2022 season with a concert contrasting music by two great composers. Dramatic arias, recitatives and chorales by Bach from five different cantatas embody some of the most compelling choral pieces of the early 18th century. In contrast to Bach’s intricate compositions the Chorale will perform Schubert’s Mass in G, a work characterized by warm melodies and peaceful Romantic motifs.
Our soloists for this concert of glorious choral music are Jennifer Paulino (soprano), Jonathan Smucker (tenor) and Sepp Hammer (bass) and the Chorale will once again be accompanied by the Monterey Bay Sinfonietta.
Please, bring your vaccination card as proof of vaccination and masks are required for admission.
A fixture on Bay Area and California stages, Jonathan’s recent appearances include the Witch of Endor in Handel’s Saul with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, Miles in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up with Pasadena Opera, First Elder/Tassi/Oculist in the West Coast premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s Artemisia with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Zotico in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with West Edge Opera. Additional performances of note include the US Premiere of O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness with Opera Parallèle, a solo debut with American Bach Soloists in the Monteverdi Vespers, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte and the title role in Candide for Pasadena Opera, Gligoro in the modern premiere of La Circe by Pietro Ziani with Ars Minerva, The Father in The 7 Deadly Sins with Festival Opera, and the San Francisco workshops of Bates’s The (r)Evolution of Steve Jobs, Laura Kaminsky's Today it Rains, and Perla’s Shalimar the Clown. He can be seen online in The Center for New Music’s “New Works for Voice,” a concert of premiere works for voice and piano.
A committed music educator, Jonathan serves on the voice faculty at San José State University and as voice department chair at San Francisco Community Music Center. He is a newly promoted full-time member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. More info here.
An experienced concert artist, Sepp made his role debut as Jesus in St. Matthew Passion with the California Bach Society in fall 2016, singing with “smoothness, private and sepulchral, with enough low grit to embody the inner strife and luminance of a prophet” (Berkeley Times). He has been a frequent soloist with this ensemble, appearing in Zelenka’s Missa Votiva, Charpentier’s Messe des Morts, various Bach cantatas, and in Carissimi’s Jonas, in which he portrayed the voice of God, “with booming authority” (San Francisco Classical Voice). His concert engagements have included Rutter’s Mass of the Children with Solano Symphony, Zelenka’s Gloria with Chora Nova, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Contra Costa Chorale, and, with various ensembles, Schütz’s Symphoniae Sacrae, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Brahms’ Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and Duruflé’s Requiem.
Sepp holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. His operatic training includes the young artist programs of the Central City Opera and Opera New Jersey. This season, Sepp will appear as Eupolemus in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, and as soloist in a program of Bach cantatas with Santa Cruz Chorale. More info here.