Surprising Freedoms: Music from Behind Convent Walls (10/30/2015)

Jolle Greenleaf of TENET
Molly Quinn, Virginia Warnken, and Jolle Greenleaf of TENET

Friday, October 30, 2015, 8pm
Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 4pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

San Francisco Girls Chorus
TENET early music ensemble
     Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and artistic director
     Molly Quinn, soprano
     Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano
     Jeffrey Grossman, chamber organ
     Hank Heijink, theorbo
     Charles Weaver, theorbo
Charles Otte, staging director

Acclaimed New York early music ensemble TENET will join the San Francisco Girls Chorus for the season opening concert of music composed by and for women in Italian monasteries in the 17th century, revealing a different view of cloistered life during the baroque era. Separated from many wordly indulgences, women in monasteries were often able to pursue active careers and acclaim by perfecting the creation of music and literature, resulting in masterworks of stunning and rarely heard beauty.

Concert run time approximately 75 minutes. Performance will not include an intermission. 

#NunSing @SFGirlsChorus

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

 


Surprising Freedoms: Music from Behind Convent Walls (11/1/2015)

Jolle Greenleaf of TENET
Molly Quinn, Virginia Warnken, and Jolle Greenleaf of TENET

Friday, October 30, 2015, 8pm
Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 4pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

San Francisco Girls Chorus
TENET early music ensemble
     Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and artistic director
     Molly Quinn, soprano
     Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano
     Jeffrey Grossman, chamber organ
     Hank Heijink, theorbo
     Charles Weaver
, theorbo
Charles Otte, staging director

Acclaimed New York early music ensemble TENET will join the San Francisco Girls Chorus for the season opening concert of music composed by and for women in Italian monasteries in the 17th century, revealing a different view of cloistered life during the baroque era. Separated from many wordly indulgences, women in monasteries were often able to pursue active careers and acclaim by perfecting the creation of music and literature, resulting in masterworks of stunning and rarely heard beauty.

Prior to the concert on November 1, we will present a free panel discussion, The New Girl Network: A look at baroque and contemporary learning communities for women, led by SF Girls Chorus Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa and TENET Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf.  2 pm at the Berkeley City Club. Free to ticket holders.

Concert run time approximately 75 minutes. Performance will not include an intermission. 

#NunSing @SFGirlsChorus

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

 


An American Christmas (12/7/2015)

Deborah Voigt, soprano Photograph by Luke Ratray
Deborah Voigt, soprano
Photograph by Luke Ratray

Monday, December 7, 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With special guest Deborah Voigt, Soprano

Which beloved Christmas carols were written in America? Come find out as the full complement of more than 350 voices of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and School, from ages 7 to 18, will be lifted in celebration of the holiday season—American style—with special guest, opera superstar Deborah Voigt. From colonial times, America shaped its own brand of holiday celebration fusing cultural traditions and forging new ones. Join us for a uniquely American holiday of music including performances by all levels of the Chorus School and audience sing-alongs.

Tickets: $30-$60

 

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SF Girls Chorus Alumnae Members receive 25% off tickets to this concert. To receive your discount, join or renew your membership with the Alumnae Association today!

With thanks to our Performance Partners for this concert: Emily and Bob Warden
SF Girls Chorus gratefully acknowledges our 2015-2016 Individual Season Sponsor: Sheila and Toby Schwartzburg

 

Guest Performers

Anne Katherine Hege, Conductor, Chorus School Level IV
Lucik Aprahamian, Conductor, Chorus School Level III
Emily Ryan, Conductor, Chorus School Level II
Joseph Fanvu and Kaori Nakano, Conductors, Chorus School Level I

Margaret Halbig, Piano
Susan Blinderman, Piano
John Churchwell, Piano
David Hatt, Organ
Meredith Clark, Harp

Brass Quintet:
Mark Grisez, Trumpet
Aaron Montoya, Trumpet
Alex Camphouse, Horn
Kensey Chellis, Trombone
Jeffrey Anderson, Tuba

Charles Otte, Staging Director


Program

Away In a Manger, W.J. Kirpatrick, arr. David Willcocks
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Three Kings of Orient, J.H. Hopkins
San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School

Joy to the World, Isaac Watts/Lowell Mason
Audience sing-along with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School
Eleanor Murphy-Weise, guest conductor
Sponsored by Kathleen Burke and Ralph Davis

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Edward Pola/George Wyle
Chorus School Level I

Winter Wonderland, Felix Bernard/Dick Smith
Chorus School Level II

Jingle Bells, James Lord Pierpont, arr. Carlos Salzedo
Meredith Clark, harp

O Little Town of Bethlehem, Lewis Redner, arr. Carlos Salzedo
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Meredith Clark, harp

Shepherd’s Carol, William Billings
Chorus School Level III

Bethlehem, William Billings
Chorus School Level IV

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Charles Wesley/Felix Mendelssohn
Audience sing-along with San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School

Seven Joys of Christmas, Kirke Mechem
San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School

INTERMISSION

Ma Navu, Yossi Spivak, arr. Shira Cion
San Francisco Girls Chorus

A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols, PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele)
     Throw the Yule Log On
     O Little Town of Hackensack
     Good King Kong
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson
Brass Quintet

The Twelve Days After Christmas, Frederick Silver
Deborah Voigt, soprano
John Churchwell, piano

The Christmas Song, Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Deborah Voigt, soprano
San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School Level IV

I Wonder as I Wander, arr. J. Niles
Deborah Voigt, soprano
San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chorus School

Organ solo
David Hatt, organ

The First Nowell, Davies Gilbert/William Sandys
Audience sing-along with Alumnae, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and Chorus School

 


A Classic Christmas with the San Francisco Symphony (12/9/2015 - 12/10/2015)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 7:30pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:30pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Chorus Guest Appearance with the San Francisco Symphony
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

The San Francisco Symphony’s A Classic Christmas program features some of the most celebrated and beloved winter pieces of all time. Violinist Elena Urioste—who the Washington Post says “plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor”—will join the SFS for exhilarating performances of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons, and more.

Tickets and more information available at sfsymphony.org.


Holiday Lights with
New Century Chamber Orchestra (12/16/2015 - 12/20/2015)

Thursday, December 17, 2015 8pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Friday, December 18, 2015 8pm
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

Saturday, December 19, 2015 8pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

Sunday, December 20, 2015 5pm
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael

San Francisco Girls Chorus Guest Appearance with New Century Chamber Orchestra

New Century Chamber Orchestra welcomes back the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and is thrilled to introduce the genre-bending, international Klezmer superstar and Grammy-nominated clarinetist David Krakauer. Join Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and special guests for an unforgettable “Chrismukkah” holiday celebration.  Program to include Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring in addition to a variety of Christmas and Hanukkah holiday favorites.

Tickets and more information available at ncco.org.


Only Sound Remains with Kronos Quartet (2/5/2016)

Friday, February 5, 2016 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Chorus Guest Appearance at the Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer SeriesKronos-promo-image

Night two of the festival, ONLY SOUND REMAINS, features celebrated Finnish musician Ritva Koistinen performing with the Kronos Quartet on the zither-like kantele for the US premiere of Karin Rehnqvist’s dynamic All Those Strings!. The Francisco Girls Chorus joins Kronos for the West Coast premieres of both Sahba Aminikia’s Sound, Only Sound Remains, and Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Bubbles. Two works pay tribute to sonic adventurers of the past—Nicole Lizée in her playful work, The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop [Fibre-Optic Flowers], and Albert Behar in the world premiere of Lost Wax, an homage to Béla Bartók. Kronos ends the night with renowned Indian film music director Rahul Dev Burman‘s four-movement Suite.

Full program details are available at kronosquartet.org.

Tickets are available at sfjazz.org.

 


Echoes of the Classics: Canons by Brahms, Franck, and Haydn (4/10/2016)

Joshua Roman, cello Photograph by Hayley Young

Joshua Roman, cello
Photograph by Hayley Young

Sunday, April 10, 4pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco 

San Francisco Girls Chorus
Joshua Roman, cello

“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), dynamic young artist and 2011 TED Fellow Joshua Roman joins the San Francisco Girls Chorus and singers from the Chorus School in a program that shows how great composers lifted canons and rounds to high art.

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

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Performers

San Francisco Girls Chorus
San Francisco Girls Chorus School
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
Luçik Aprahämian, Chorus School Level III Director and Assistant Conductor
Anne Hege, Chorus School Level IV Director
Joshua Roman, cello


Program

Veni Mater Gracie—Dou Way Robin, Anonymous (13th Century)
San Francisco Girls Chorus; Joshua Roman, cello

Ma fin est mon commencement, Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300–1377), arr. Alexander Blachly
Marie Johnson, Hannah Liu, Elise Mills, Elisabeth Rothenbuhler; Joshua Roman, cello

Gloria ad modum tubae, Guillaume Du Fay (c. 1397–1474), arr. Alexander Blachly
Marie Johnson, Hannah Liu, Elise Mills, Elisabeth Rothenbuhler

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Joshua Roman, cello

Selection of canons from The Ten Commandments of the Arts and other secular canons, Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) with solo improvisations by Joshua Roman
SF Girls Chorus School Level III & IV; Joshua Roman, cello; Anne Hege, conductor

In Meeres Mitten from Romanzen für Frauenstimmen, Op. 91, Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Panis Angelicus, César Franck (1822–1890)
San Francisco Girls Chorus; SF Girls Chorus School Level IV; Joshua Roman, cello

Geistliches Wiegenlied from Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91, No. 2, Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
San Francisco Girls Chorus small ensemble; Joshua Roman, cello

13 Canons, Op. 113, No. 13, Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Geographical Fugue, Ernst Toch (1887–1964)
San Francisco Girls Chorus School Level III & IV, Luçik Aprahämian, conductor

Snow, Alan Vincent (b. 1943)
San Francisco Girls Chorus School Level IV; Joshua Roman, cello


Luminous Premieres (6/12/2016)

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco 

San Francisco Girls Chorus
Premieres by Aaron Jay Kernis, Gabriel Kahane, Theo Bleckmann, and Lisa Bielawa‘s My Outstretched Hand with text by Mary MacLane
Plus Timo Andres’ Comfort Food and Thierry Escaich’s Vocis caelestis (2009)

The season-closing concert features premieres created expressly for the San Francisco Girls Chorus by an engaging and diverse trio of gifted American composers. Aaron Jay Kernis’ work was premiered by the New York Philharmonic when he was just 23 years old. Full of dramatic virtuosity, his style often features a dense and lush tonal palette with glorious melodies stacked one on top of another in sensual, sonic, heart-stirring constructions. Contemporary bard Gabriel Kahane’s pop-infused style has been praised by Rolling Stone magazine for its beguiling and insightful lyrics, soul-touching simplicity, and contemporary relevance. Theo Bleckmann is a Munich-born jazz vocalist and composer whose work is playful yet sophisticated. Completing the program is composer/pianist Timo Andres, who will accompany his serene meditation on comfort foods, inspired by a list of them from friends.

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