Following the success of Sacra/Profana Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta choral direction of San Diego Opera’s “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” the San Diego choral director returned with the Sacra/Profana chorus in a fine concert last weekend that smartly exceeded the expectations of traditional holiday programming.

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Sacra/Profana’s Associate Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta anchored the choral ensemble’s excellent program (given on May 19 & 20) with Canadian composer Larry Nickel’s secular cantata “When I Think of Bridges,” a U.S. premiere of the challenging 2007 work.

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Among the numerous choirs that make up the San Diego choral landscape, the San Diego Master Chorale has always had a leading role because of its 100-voice size and its longstanding performing relationship with the San Diego Symphony. But in the last decade, the vitality of several newer choral groups—some specializing in early music or…

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From the eighth floor Helen Price Reading Room of the San Diego Central Library, the choral music of Folklore Guild and the instrumental third stream of Swarmius floated above the city in a world of their own . . . .

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Sunday (October 19) at La Mesa’s St. Martin of Tours Church, the recently formed choral group Folklore shared a program with Joseph Martin Waters’ avant-garde ensemble Swarmius, evidence of a new collaborative spirit among San Diego music ensembles and organizations. . .

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