2014/2015 Candlelight Concerts

It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of the music ministry at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, I announce the 2014–2015 season of Candlelight Concerts. Established in 1978, this series has become an important part of the spiritual life of St. Mary’s and our outreach to the community.
Your support is vital!

Thanks to the generosity of our Friends of Music, we have been able to offer these events without charging admission, asking only for a free-will offering. Our Friends of Music also help to provide guest instrumentalists for our Christmas and Easter Services and some of the additional services listed below. I invite you to become a Friend of Music for the 2014–2015 season. Building on the wonderful foundation laid in years past, we are delighted to offer a stimulating series of concerts ranging from chamber cabaret to choral music; from a jazz trio to contemporary Americana music. All gifts, great and small, nurture this ministry. Please give what you can. Your tax-deductible contribution, over and above your pledged support to the parish, will help ensure the continued success of this series. Contributions may be sent to St. Mary the Virgin, payable to Friends of Music or you can select the donate button below to donate by paypal or credit card.
Thank you for your support. E.E. “Chip” Grant IV, Director of Music


Moira Smileymoira smiley & VOCO
Sunday, September 28, 2014 • 7:00 pm
Redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion, & banjo. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, moira smiley & voco create lush arrangements of sweet, spell-binding American and East European song and light up the stage with rompin’ stompin’ body percussion and warm wit. Expect magnificent, hair-raising performances—music that mourns and dances at the same time.

John BrothersThe John Brothers Piano Company
Sunday, November 9, 2014 • 7:00 pm
The unique music of The John Brothers Piano Company has been described as “a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast” (SF Chronicle). The explosive symphonic experience births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of bebop jazz, contemporary pop, and Russian classical music, with an ever present sentimentality for The Roaring Twenties.


West Coast WildfireWest Coast Wildfire
Sunday, January 11, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Take even parts soul grass, adm (acoustic dance music), and contemporary roots music, combine, and you have West Coast Wildfire. Hailing from San Francisco, the band consists of Nina Grae (vocals), Brendan Mullins (guitar), Peter Feltman (banjo), and Nate Levin (double bass). Combining elements of soul, bluegrass, blues, and rock’n’roll with a modern sensibility, West Coast Wildfire has created a unique sound all its own. From beautiful ballads to bar room burners, there is a little something for everyone.

Anton Schwartz Trio

Anton Schwartz Trio
Sunday, March 1, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Saxophonist Anton Schwartz has made a name for himself in the jazz world based on his big, warm sound and his memorable compositions. His performances have won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi’s (Oakland & San Francisco), Blues Alley (Washington DC) and the Monterey Jazz Festival. For this concert he leads an intimate acoustic jazz trio of saxophone, piano, and acoustic bass, putting to full use the venue's resonant acoustics and beautiful candlelit atmosphere.

Rosin CovenRosin Coven
Sunday, May 10, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Rosin Coven casts a spell of “cinematic chamber cabaret,” weaving delicate and dynamic arrangements of voices, strings, and brass over compelling rhythms of a genre-bending jazz ensemble. Edith Piaf does the cha-cha with Charles Mingus, Eric Satie tangos with Sun Ra, and Kurt Weill broods over Nina Simone .... Renowned for their interactive live performances, they have traveled the globe presenting an irreverent yet elegant balance of musicianship, poise, theatricality,
and humor.

Antioch ChamberAntioch Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, July 5, 2015 • 7:00 pm
As part of its West Coast tour debut, Antioch, a 12-member professional choir based in New York City and lauded by The New York Times for “... clarity of tone and intonation so pure that you could hear the buzz of overtones created by some of the close harmonies,” will present an eclectic concert of both sacred and secular works, featuring those of Los Angeles composer Matthew Brown.