Carols Ancient and New
Ragazzi Continuo, the men's a cappella choir composed of alumni of the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, invites you to join it at its holiday concert, Carols Ancient and New. This remarkable vocal ensemble will present a thrilling and festive program which blends classic Christmas favorites from around the world and throughout time. Audiences will delight in the vibrancy of the American Spiritual in Don Besig's "Glory Hallelu!" and be transfixed by the beauty of Robert Kyr's setting of "Balulalow". Familiar Western carols like David Conte's sprightly arrangement "Pat-a-pan" and Phillip Lawson's haunting setting of "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" contrast with more global works, including the traditional Nigerian Christmas song, "Betelehemu". Covering music spanning over six centuries, this concert is not one to be missed!
Saturday, December 12th at 2:00pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA
Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton St.
Redwood City, CA
Sunday, December 20th at 4:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA
The Joy of Song
Ragazzi Continuo, the alumni choir from the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, is proud to present The Joy of Song, a collection of some of our personal favorites.
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Ragazzi Continuo, the alumni ensemble from the critically-acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, and Musae, a premier Bay Area women's choir, join forces this spring to present a collaborative concert: Monarch.
Friday, May 8th, 2015
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Tidings of Comfort
Ragazzi Continuo is proud to present Tidings of Comfort. The holiday season is a time to gather with friends and family and spread warmth and cheer. Since our days as youngsters in Ragazzi Boys Chorus, we have spent our holidays in the shared joy of song. This year, we have chosen songs that best embody the power of music to console in even the most difficult times. We have also included some of our favorite carols that will be sure to rouse your holiday spirit. Highlights include the deeply moving "Prayer of the Children" by Kurt Bestor; "Super Flumina Babylonis," a Ragazzi Boys Chorus favorite by Italian Renaissance master Giovanni Palestrina; "Homeless," the classic collaboration between Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo; a new arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by a member of the group, and Tarik O'Regan's abstract but beautiful interpretation of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Ex Corde: The Rhythm of the Land
Breaking away from their traditional classical roots, join the young men of Ragazzi Continuo as they present a concert of traditional and folk music from around the world. Ex Corde (meaning "From the Heart") brings you an eclectic, inspiring and, at times, heart-wrenching musical selection spanning the globe. You will delight in the raw hymns of Appalachia and charming ballads of the English Isles, including the classic Welsh lullaby "Suo Gan" and the ever-moving "Loch Lomond". Experience the intriguing tonality of the Middle East, the powerful melodies of Eastern Europe, and the vibrancy and emotion of South African apartheid freedom songs. As each piece takes you on a journey, you'll learn that, despite dialect or religion or geography, the language of music is universal. And it all comes from the same place � ex corde. So bring yourself, bring a friend, bring the whole family � this is a program you won't want to miss!
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Ragazzi Continuo is excited to participate for the first time in the concert series presented by First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. We will perform favorite pieces that have become traditions for us within the short history of the group, as well as a selection of traditional folk music from around the world. Tickets will be available at the door.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mary Had a Baby: A Christmas Celebration
Ragazzi Continuo is excited to present a diverse and moving program of music dedicated to Mary, from the classic spiritual Mary Had a Baby, arranged by William Dawson, to a modern setting of the Gregorian chant Salve Regina by Kaj-Erik Gustafsson, to one of the most popular works of modern American classical music, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen.
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
An English Renaissance
All-too-often overlooked by singers in favor of the Italian Renaissance, the English Renaissance played setting to the reign of Elizabeth I, the wit of William Shakespeare, and many, many a renaissance faire...but we won't hold that against it. More important, it was the era of Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Tallis, and others. Though these English masters inherited the history of their craft from the Italians, they brought both sensation and sensibility to the art of choral music. Join the voices of Continuo in a rare "classical" treat - fine vocal music in a language everyone will understand.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Songs of Wintertide
Is it possible to present a collection of carols that are wonderfully familiar, yet not overdone, and fresh to the ear? YES! "Songs of Wintertide" is Continuo's collection of carols we wish we heard more often. In selecting each carol, we took care to find captivating and beautiful arrangements of each tune - and where we couldn't find one, we created our own! Guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience, the concert is also a merry reunion with tunes we'd forgotten that we loved as the years have passed. Renaissance fans (and all you soon-to-be fans) will enjoy our complete setting of Josquin's beautiful Missa Ave Maris Stella -- a mass setting traditionally sung during the holiday season.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
Sailors, Soldiers, and Scoundrels
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Just in time for Father's day, join the men of Ragazzi Continuo for a celebration of manly types. Along the way, you'll laugh, love, and learn why it's really not a good idea to be a drunken sailor early in the morning! From rousing, beautfully-bombastic drinking anthems to touching war-ballads, including a beautiful setting of the iconic "Danny Boy" that reminds us that men have a softer side, too - this is not a concert to be missed. Bring your father, son, or the whole family - there's something in this show for everyone, and it might just be the most fun you'll have at a "classical" event this year!
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
A delectable audio sampler of the flavors of Spain and Latin America, the vibrant "Canciones Continuo" is sure to please audiences young and old. Highlights include a classic mariachi tune, a haunting Venezuelan poem, a Brazilian prayer, a Medieval chant and its Renaissance setting by a Spanish composer, a satire from Chile, and others. Featured prominently are two selections brought back to the States from Ragazzi's most recent tour to Cuba (which included two Continuo members).
"Canciones Continuo" is also Continuo's first series to include music arranged by members of the group, for the group. Baritone Jeremy Ragent has put together a vocal-jazz inspired arrangement of "Besame Mucho " and Musical Director Jesse Buddington has arranged "Mes De Mayo" for soloist and vocal string quartet. In addition to the string section, you'll hear Continuo mimic horns, guitars, and a full percussion section. It's a concert not to be missed!
A Little Christmas Now and Then
Saturday, December 17th, 2011
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Join Continuo for their first holiday concert featuring a collection of holiday music from the Renaissance to today, and everything in between.Click here to hide past events