The Highland Widow’s Lament by Robert Schumann
Listen to Vivaldi’s Venice
Listen to “Fecit Potentiam”
How do you keep a bunch of singing orphans out of mischief’? Well in 18th century Italy, a remarkable orphanage in Venice had the enthusiastic services of the greatest composers of the age, who wrote stunning music for the young girls of the Ospedali. Composers like Antonio Vivaldi and Nicola Porpora penned extraordinary choral works for young women from all backgrounds who were in the care of the nuns and school in Venice.
The Womanly Song of God
In 2008 the San Francisco Girls Chorus commissioned acclaimed American composer Libby Larsen to write a celebratory piece expanding the boundaries of young women’s voices to mark our 25th anniversary season. She more than met anyone’s expectations with her soaring and gorgeous “The Womanly Voice of God” based on the poetry of Catherine de Vinck.
Hanneli from Anne Frank: A Living Voice
The life and writings of Anne Frank have moved and inspired generations around the world. Hers was a voice of courage, grace, compassion and hope that calls out across the years and remains relevant today. The San Francisco Girls Chorus commissioned composer Linda Tutas Haugen to write her multi-movement work Anne Frank: A Living Voice in 2004 for our 25th anniversary season. The work, set for treble voices and string quartet, encourages the world to embrace tolerance and peace.
Karitas habundat by Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard von Bingen was a brilliant light in the otherwise “Dark Ages”. Listen to SFGC Artistic Director Susan McMane talk about Hildegard, her remarkable life in the 12th century and her music followed by “Karitas habundat” performed by the San Francisco Girls Chorus.