Getting Together (5/6/2017)

Getting Together, a Joint Concert with the San Francisco Boys Chorus

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30pm
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Special collaboration concert featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus and San Francisco Boys Chorus. Enjoy two of the Bay Area’s premier youth choral groups getting together to showcase their individual and combined talents in a concert that promises to be a high point in the Bay Area’s summer celebrations.

Works will include:

  • Excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria
       Gloria
       Laudamus te
       Domine Fili unigenite
  • Devant sa Main Nue, by Darius Milhaud
  • Herring Run, by Carla Kihlstedt
  • Ave Maris Stella, by Edvard Grieg
  • Peace Upon You, by Arvo Pärt
  • Panis Angelicus, by Cesar Franck
  • Blue Skies, by Irving Berlin (with SFBC)
  • Al Shlosha D’Varim, by Allan E. Naplan (with SFBC)

 


SHIFT Festival in Washington D.C. (4/1/2017)

SF Girls Chorus in concert with The Knights and Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the NY Phil 2016 Biennial Festival. Photograph courtesy New York Philharmonic, Chris Lee Photographer.

Saturday, April 1, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington D.C.

The Knights Orchestra
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Conducted by Eric Jacobsen

Program

Johannes Brahms
Psalm 13, “Herr, wie lange,” Op. 27

Lisa Bielawa
My Outstretched Hand
Commissioned by The Knights

Aaron Jay Kernis
Remembering the Sea (Se Souvanent de la mer)
Commissioned by the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Antonio Vivaldi
Gloria in D major, RV 589

The Knights
Excerpts from …the ground beneath our feet
Featuring vocalist Christina Courtin

The SF Girls Chorus premier ensemble is joined by members of the Level IV Ensemble, in their East Coast debut performance at the Kennedy Center for the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras. Eric Jacobsen conducts this deeply collaborative and creative chamber orchestra from Brooklyn in a program featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus in works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, and an original commission by Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa titled My Outstretched Hand. The program also includes excerpts from a work created collectively by The Knights entitled …the ground beneath our feet, featuring vocalist Christina Courtin.

SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $25 General Admission

 


2017 Gala (3/10/2017)

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The San Francisco Girls Chorus requests the pleasure of your company at our 2017 fundraising gala. The goal of this festive gala is to raise more than $100,000 for our need-based scholarships, outreach initiatives in public schools, and education programs…all in one night! CLICK HERE to preview our auction items!

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:30–10pm
The City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street

Join us for an elegant evening with a gourmet menu, music, and a live auction as we, along with a host of luminaries, raise a toast to celebrate honoree Dorian Kingman Chong, former SFGC Board President. Your participation helps sustain our life-changing work onstage and in the classroom.

The Honorary Committee for the gala is comprised of noted civic leaders including:
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
Renel Brooks-Moon, the “Voice of the SF Giants”
Sir Patrick Stewart, actor and advocate for women’s rights
Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade
Soprano Deborah Voigt
Diane B. Wilsey, philanthropist
Maurice Kanbar, entrepreneur
Ann and Gordon Getty, philanthropists

Premier Sponsorship – $5,000
Table Sponsorship – $3,000
Individual tickets – $300

Corporate Sponsorships also available, inquire with development@sfgirlschorus.org

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Our LIVE AUCTION will feature new and classic favorites, including:

  1. Fund-A-Need – the SFGC’s most significant fundraising effort to support girls in need from all Bay Area backgrounds. The goal of the evening is to support this vital fund with over $100,000!
  2. Wine-making Adventure – an experience suitable for several couples, or the entire family to harvest, crush, and bottle two cases of wine at the award-winning Secondcrop Cellars! This winery has won over 100 awards at which was referred to in the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, recently referred to by the SF Chronicle as the “Academy Awards of Wine”. LEARN MORE
  3. Conduct at Davies – sponsor a member of the Girls Chorus in her conducting debut, or take center stage yourself at Davies Symphony Hall, to conduct the Girls Chorus at our Annual Holiday Concert Extravaganza!
  4. SF Giants Experience – a personalized voicemail recording featuring the voice of Renel Brooks-Moon, the Voice of the Three Time World Champion SF Giants…and a day at the ballpark!
  5. Magnum of Bubbly and Dessert – compete with your fellow attendees to win this special upgrade, delivered right to your table!

 


Duruflé Requiem (3/25/2017)

Saturday, March 25, 8pm
Sunday, March 26, 4pm

Mission Dolores
3321 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

San Francisco Girls Chorus 
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus

Join two of the Bay Area’s most recognized and highly regarded performing arts organizations in a performance of a great 20th century choral masterpiece, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. The San Francisco Girls Chorus joins for the first time with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus in this musical tour de force. Duruflé’s own words describe his Requiem as a work which “represents the ideas of Peace, Hope, and Faith. Often intensely dramatic, the work is not a detachment from earthy worries but reflects the agony of man faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It expresses hope, resignation, . . . translating human feelings before their terrifying, unexplainable, or consoling destiny.”

Enjoy a full program of the Duruflé Requiem, along with works featured by each chorus, including Philip Glass’ Father Death Blues, Vytautas Miškinis’ And Death Shall Have no Dominion, Arvo Pärt’s Peace Upon Jerusalem, Saint-Saëns’ Hymne au Printemps, Claude Debussy’s Invocation, and Darius Milhaud’s Devant sa main nue.

Tickets: $25 general, $40 reserved

 


KRONOS Festival: Opening Night (2/2/2017)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:30pm

SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco Girls Chorus 
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With KRONOS Quartet, Mahsa Vahdat, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts,
and recordings from the youth choir of the Afghan National Institute of Music

The KRONOS Festival will open with the first of ten featured works composed or arranged by the festival’s artist-in-residence Sahba Aminikia. Performed by Kronos and students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, “Grandma’s House” is a joyful fanfare inspired by Aminikia’s nostalgia for 1980s Iranian children’s television shows.

The mesmerizing Iranian vocalist (and Oakland newcomer) Mahsa Vahdat will sing songs from her recent a cappella album The Sun Will Rise (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), among others, with new arrangements for herself and Kronos by Aminikia. Returning after last year’s critically acclaimed performance of Aminikia’s “Sound Only Sound Remains,” the vibrant and expressive San Francisco Girls Chorus will premiere his “Music of the Spheres,” which he calls “a lullaby without borders.” The new piece features the melodies and lyrics of lullabies from three different regions of Iran, as well as recordings by the youth choir of the Afghan National Institute of Music, an inspiring program that gives Afghanistan’s most disadvantaged children a safe place to grow, learn, and play music.

Tickets $20 / $30 / $45 / $65
Or call SFJAZZ Box Office at 415-788-7353

 


Love’s Journey (10/29/2016)

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Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano

Saturday, October 29, 8:00 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco 

San Francisco Girls Chorus 
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With special guest  Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano and members of Magik*Magik Orchestra

Unrequited love, yearning love, betrayed love, self-love, difficult love, waning love – great composers and poets have explored all of these.
Celebrated mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin joins our young singers to tell you these stories in an evening dedicated to Love in its less lovely
moments. Holst’s “Seven Part Songs” sets the tone, with love poetry by Robert Bridges. Czech master Leoš Janácek’s “The Wolf’s Trail”
is a comic tale about cuckoldry. The French, long considered to be authorities on Love, also weigh in, with works by Milhaud, Debussy
and Chausson. New York experimentalist John Zorn meditates on the character of Harlequin’s girlfriend, the coy Colombina.

Tickets: $36 Reserved, $26 General Admission, $18 Student

 



A Highlands Holiday (12/19/2016)

Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With special guests Matthew Welch, Composer/Bagpiper and Joshua Roman, Cellist

This holiday season we come together with a joyful program that looks ahead to the SF Girls Chorus 2017 summer tour to the British Isles. Some of the most beloved holiday music comes from the UK. Bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch and local pipers will join with hundreds of choristers from all of our training programs to present seasonal works and sing-alongs like you’ve never heard, with the sound of voices and bagpipes filling Davies Symphony Hall.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND will be cellist and TED Fellow Joshua Roman!

Come hear – and sing – holiday music from the 16th century to our own time including a world premiere of a new work by Matthew Welch for bagpipes and the SF Girls Chorus with Joshua Roman!

Tickets: Premier $60, Preferred $45, Terrace $35, Second Tier $30

Matthew Welch and Joshua Roman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Mystics and Ecstatics (6/4/2017)

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Trinity Youth Chorus

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco 

San Francisco Girls Chorus
With special guests Trinity Youth Chorus
Mellissa Hughes, soprano
Jonathan Woody, bass
and Melissa Attebury, Director of the Trinity Youth Chorus

Jonathan Woody, Bass

We are delighted to share the stage with the esteemed Trinity Youth Chorus from Trinity Wall Street in Manhattan in their West Coast debut. Trinity Wall Street has been an innovator in quality music programming in New York since 1697. An expanded SF Girls Chorus, including members of the Chorus School, will join with this superb youth chorus and orchestra for shared musical adventures. Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” which our singers will just have presented at the Kennedy Center in April, takes place alongside contemporary British composer John Tavener’s mystical “Hymns of Paradise,” and the US premiere of “Song of Seals” for youth chorus and instruments by Glasgow-based young composer Emily Doolittle. The concert features narrations in English and Gaelic combined with an ecstatic array of vocal sounds. Finally, soprano Mellissa Hughes leads the choruses in an improvised tapestry of luxurious colors, using a unique artistic practice developed by the Trinity Wall Street choruses.

Tickets: $36 Reserved, $26 General Admission, $18 Student

 

 


A Civic Celebration Honoring Tony Bennett (8/19/2016)

Friday, August 19, 11:30 am

The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

The SF Girls Chorus is honored to perform in recognition of world famous singer and civic leader, Tony Bennett, as the city honors him with several tributes celebrating his 90th birthday. This is the second time girls from the organization will perform for Mr. Bennett –  Level IV of the Chorus School honored him on the 50th anniversary of his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

This event is free and open to the public.

 


The Ellerhein Girls Choir (7/22/2016)

Friday, July 22 at 7:00 pm

The Kanbar Center, 44 Page Street, San Francisco CA 94102

A free performance featuring one of the most renowned choruses in the world – the Ellerhein Girls Choir from Tallinn, Estonia. No ticket required for entry.