Grammy-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus Presents 2010 Season Opener: The Power of PlaceCalvary Presbyterian Church (2515 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115)
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The San Francisco Symphony, under the baton of conductor Kirill Karabits, spotlights violinist Alexander Barantschik and violist Jonathan Vinocour for a performance of Benjamin Britten's Double Concerto. Written as a tribute for Britten's composition teacher when the composer was just 18, the Double Concerto is a challenging piece that requires immense technical skill on both the violin and viola. Its youthful vigor is sure to challenge the virtuosity of the Symphony's Concertmaster and Principal Violist. The program also features Honegger's Pacific 231 and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Learn More
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The Power of Place
With The New Esterházy Quartet
Program: Valjo Tormis: Kevadkillud (Spring Sketches); Michael Haydn: Magnificat; Brahms: Psalm 13; Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs; and music by Hildegard Von Bingen, Victoria, Joseph Haydn, and others.
The five-time Grammy® Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus opens its 2010-2011 concert season with guest artists the New Esterházy String Quartet in a program entitled The Power of Place. Two performances October 22 and 24 in San Francisco and Berkeley will feature music by Michael and Joseph Haydn, Eric Whitacre, Valjo Tormis, Hildegard von Bingen, Brahms and Victoria. This musical exploration of places holy, heart-stirring, majestic and homey marks the opening of Artistic Director Susan McMane’s Tenth Anniversary Season, with a retrospective of her programming plus several new works. Joining the Chorus will be highly regarded period instrument specialists the New Esterházy Quartet, which is known for its ongoing exploration of the complete string quartets of Haydn.
For more than thirty years, the thrilling sounds of the extraordinarily gifted young women of the San Francisco Girls Chorus have captured the attention and fired the imaginations of audiences worldwide. Following a phenomenal 30th anniversary season that included featured performances at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, a New York debut at Lincoln Center and unprecedented ticket sales, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has furthered its status as an internationally celebrated professional choral ensemble. In 2010, the ensemble won its fourth and fifth Grammy® Awards for Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
The 40 members of the professional-level ensemble are 12-17 years old and come from all over the Bay Area. Each singer represents as much as a decade of musical training and performance experience. Audience members and critics have come to expect a soaring, exquisite sound, remarkable versatility and concerts of great beauty and depth.