SF GIRLS CHORUS — At the Conservatory of Music, June 9th and 11th

A dynamic multimedia evening celebrating ten years of choral commissions

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The five-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus closes its 2010-2011 concert season with a dynamic evening of multimedia featuring some of its most important commissions from the last ten years, in celebration of Artistic Director Susan McMane’s tenth anniversary season. Joined by renowned guest artists the Sonos Handbell Ensemble and the Cypress String Quartet, the program, entitled BEYOND BOUNDARIES, will feature a world premiere by composer Tania León (title to be announced) and a retrospective of commissions by Chen Yi, Libby Larsen and James Meredith; as well as music by Hildegard von Bingen, R. Thompson and J.S. Bach in a multimedia setting. Two performances, on Thursday, June 9th and Saturday, June 11th at 8:00 pm, will be given in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Concert Hall at 50 Oak Street, San Francisco. In addition to being open to the public, the concerts are a featured part of the annual national conference of Chorus America, the membership service organization in North America, which is hosted this year in San Francisco by the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chanticleer.

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SFGC with Artistic Director Susan McMane

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.

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San Francisco Girls Chorus with Artistic Director Susan McMane

THE PROGRAM
TANIA LEÓN — World Premiere (title to be announced)
CHEN YI — Angel Island Passages
LIBBY LARSEN — The Womanly Song of God
JAMES MEREDITH — Natura
Selections by HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, R. THOMPSON, J.S. BACH, and more.

Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Beyond Boundaries

ABOUT THE SFGC
For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world’s most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas says, “The San Francisco Girls Chorus is a treasure. Their training, musicality, and vibrant spirit are evident whenever they perform. I have enjoyed our long association and look forward to many years of collaboration.”

SFGC’s 30th Anniversary season, 2008-2009, culminated in a performance in President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, and a debut concert at Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has become a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 5-18. 400 singers from 45 Bay Area cities participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed “a model in the country for training girls’ voices” by the California Arts Council. The organization consists of a professional level performance, recording and touring ensemble and the Alumnae Chorus, both conducted by Artistic Director Susan McMane; the four-level Chorus School training program, supervised by Director Elizabeth Avakian; and a Preparatory Chorus for 5-7 year olds.
Click here for audition information: SFGC AUDITIONS

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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