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The Great American Songbook

Ragazzi Continuo presents The Great American Songbook, a collection of pieces that have defined and shaped the musical landscape of the United States over the course of its history. While the title traditionally has referred to a selection of popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th Century–songs like Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," represented here in a barbershop arrangement by Clay Hine–this neglects many hundreds of years of great American music. Continuo invites you to take a journey with us exploring this rich musical history, from colonial times to the present day.

Weep with revolutionaries in William Billings' "Lamentation Over Boston" and carouse with soldiers in a new arrangement of a Civil War standard from Continuo's own Daniel Crowley. Experience the powerful shape note singing tradition in Reginald Untersher's exciting arrangement of B.F. White's "When I Hear The Trumpet Sound" and the beautiful simplicity of Appalachian chant in "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah." You'll hear songs from great singer-songwriters like James Taylor and David Crosby, as well as contemporary classical works from Richard Burchard and Dale Trumbore. From sea to shining sea, The Great American Songbook has something for everyone.

Saturday, May 20th at 7:30pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street
Redwood City, CA

Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30pm
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Rd
Palo Alto, CA

Sunday June 4th at 5:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA


Ragazzi Continuo joins the most accomplished boys and young men from the Ragazzi Boys Chorus to present excerpts from Glorias by classical greats Josef Haydn and Antonio Vivaldi. Music by J.S. Bach and his predecessor, Heinrich Schutz, will set the stage for a piece by contemporary choral composer Eric Whitacre. In preparation for Ragazzi's tour to the Baltics, Russian songs by Rachmaninoff and Chesnokov will be presented, along with some lively folk tunes. Some modern music from Latvian and Estonian composers will also be sung. A small orchestral group will accompany the singers.

Saturday, March 25th at 7:30pm
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA

Sunday, March 26th at 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame
1500 Easton Drive
Burlingame, CA

Ragazzi Continuo presents "Christmastime Is Here"

Ragazzi Continuo presents its 2016 holiday concert, Christmastime Is Here, a celebration of all that the season brings and means to each of us. Familiar Christmas carols are joined by popular favorites such as the Perry Como classic "Home For The Holidays," Hebrew psalms set by Italian Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi, and winter-inspired songs from around the globe. You'll hear Vince Guaraldi's jazzy harmonies in his beloved Peanuts tune, full-throated Russian singing on Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo," and jaunty French exuberance in "Il est ne, le Divin Enfant." We are especially proud to be premiering a newly commissioned work by local composer Derek Sup, an arrangement of the English folk tune "Oh, The Snow It Melts The Soonest." Join us this December for a concert of memories, meanings, good cheer and irrepressible spirit. Put some holly in your holidays!

Saturday, December 10th at 7:30pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street
Redwood City, CA

Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm
Trinity†St. Peter's Episcopal Church
1668 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA

Sunday December 18th at 5:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA

Ragazzi Continuo presents "In Paradisum"

Ragazzi Continuo invites you to join us for our spring concert series, "In paradisum." Our set this season focuses on examining the concept of paradise, blending texts drawn from nature settings of great beauty with those exploring man's relationship with the supernatural. We hope this concert transports you safely between the two, leaving feelings of wonder, joy and contentment.

Among our selections you will find familiar texts, such as a vibrant setting of the traditional Scottish folksong "Loch Lomond," and be swept away by the beauty and depth of American composer Randall Thompson's "Alleluia." Classic German lied exalting the hills and valleys of Germany will contrast with the supernatural wonder of Sarah Hopkins' "Past Life Melodies." This is a concert not to be missed!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:30pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, May 15th at 1:00pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton St.
Redwood City, CA

Fauré Requiem and Songs of Nature

Ragazzi's boys and young men, along with alumni chorus Ragazzi Continuo, present Gabriel Fauré's masterpiece Requiem in D minor. One of the romantic-era composer's most beloved pieces, Fauré wrote that the work is "dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." The Requiem's achingly beautiful Pie Jesu for solo soprano voice will be sung as the composer intended: by a boy treble. Ragazzi is thrilled to present this magnificent music in its entirety, using the original orchestration.

In the concert's second half, Ragazzi Continuo will present music that examines our relationship with the natural world. Songs will explore the peace, joy and awe inspired by flowing water, forests, and gardens.

Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30pm
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
1 South El Camino
San Mateo, CA

Sunday, April 24 at 2:00pm
Saint Patrick's Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Rd
Menlo Park, CA

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
4:00 pm

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!

Canciones Continuo

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
7:00 PM

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
4:00 PM

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
7:00 PM

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
4:00 PM

Join Continuo for their first holiday concert featuring a collection of holiday music from the Renaissance to today, and everything in between.

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