SEPTEMBER 11th – “Opera In The Park” – The City’s Civic Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists in a program featuring Mozart’s Requiem and works by Harold Arlen, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Christopher Theofanidis, and John Williams

sean-martinfield-2-2.jpg
Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Opera has announced that the Company’s annual free Opera in the Park concert at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, on Sunday, September 11th at 2:00 pm, has been recognized as the City and County of San Francisco’s civic observance commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Presented by the SF Chronicle and San Francisco Opera, with the participation of the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco, the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, in cooperation with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, this year’s special Opera in the Park concert will honor the memory of those who perished on 9/11 and celebrate the service and heroism of the Bay Area’s first responders including firefighters, paramedics and police, among others. The concert follows the September 10th world premiere of Heart of A Soldier, a new opera commissioned by San Francisco Opera in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti will conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and acclaimed soloists from the Company’s Fall 2011 Season in a concert featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece, the Requiem in D minor, and inspirational works by American composers Harold Arlen, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Williams, as well as music by Christopher Theofanidis, the award-winning composer of Heart of a Soldier. During the Mozart Requiem, musical movements will be interspersed with meditational texts read by members of the broad religious community that comprise the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley will serve as master of ceremonies and will be joined on stage by a roster of distinguished political, interfaith and civic dignitaries offering remarks on this national day of remembrance. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Complete program and artist information will be announced at a later date.

david-gockley-and-nicola-luisotti
DAVID GOCKLEY and NICOLA LUISOTTI

“This year’s Opera in the Park on Sunday, September 11 coincides with the tenth anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attacks,” said San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley. “The evening before, on Saturday, September 10, the Company will give the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, an opera we commissioned based on a true story of a courageous man who, on that fateful day of 9/11, displayed extraordinary heroism, leadership and self-sacrifice in order to save the lives of more than 2,700 individuals. Our musical programming for the park concert will follow this theme as we respectfully mourn the loss of so many lives but also pay homage to our very own first responders.  I am proud of our partnership with Mayor Lee and his recognition of this musical event as the City’s official civic observance, in addition to the participation and guidance of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and the on-going support of our Opera in the Park presenting sponsor, the San Francisco Chronicle. We invite the Bay Area to join us on this day of community remembrance and celebration.”

“San Francisco Opera has created a fitting tribute to remember the tragedy of 9/11,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “San Francisco will never forget the men and women that died on that tragic day nearly a decade ago, and although our City is on a different American shore and far from the terrorist events, we stand united with our fellow Americans as we honor the memories of those who perished.”

San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director Michael Pappas commented, “Immediately after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, former Mayor Willie Brown turned to the San Francisco Interfaith Council to bring people of our City’s diverse faiths together for prayer and solidarity. Now, ten years later, the Interfaith Council is grateful to Mayor Lee and San Francisco Opera for this uniquely San Franciscan occasion to remember those who died in the attacks, to honor the first responders and to reflect upon lessons learned over the last decade, not the least of which is the need for civil discourse. It is our collective hope that this civic observance will inspire all who will gather to sow the seeds of peace in our City and the world.”

A beloved Bay Area tradition, San Francisco Opera’s free annual Opera in the Park concert at Golden Gate Park draws thousands of music lovers and families each year, many of whom enjoy the occasion with elaborate picnics on the Sharon Meadow lawn. Established by former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler in 1971 to celebrate the opening of the Company’s fall season, this concert marks the 38th Opera in the Park concert [there were no presentations in 1972, 1974 and 1990].

Opera in the Park is presented as part of San Francisco Opera’s Fall 2011 season-opening weekend.  The Company opens its 89th season on Friday, September 9 with a gala performance of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Turandot, in a lavish production designed by renowned artist David Hockney and conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

On Saturday, September 10th, San Francisco Opera will unveil the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, a new opera by composer Christopher Theofanidis with a libretto by Donna Di Novelli. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, Heart of a Soldier is based on the critically acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart and the life stories of Susan Rescorla, Rick Rescorla and Daniel J. Hill.

rick-rescorla-vietnam-1965
RICK RESCORLA

A story of war, love, friendship and heroism, Heart of a Soldier reflects on the extraordinary true story of Rick Rescorla, a man trained to be a consummate soldier who gave up his own life saving thousands in the attacks on September 11, 2001. The cast features baritone Thomas Hampson, tenor William Burden and soprano Melody Moore. Francesca Zambello will direct this world premiere production and San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Six additional performances will be presented through September 30th at the War Memorial Opera House.

thomas-hampson-and-melody-moorepng
THOMAS HAMPSON and MELODY MOORE

Opera in the Park is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. Additional support provided by the William and Gretchen Kimball Fund and Kaiser Permanente.

See related material:

ABEL GANCE’S “NAPOLEON” – San Francisco Silent Film Festival to present complete restoration by Kevin Brownlow in 2012
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – Single tickets go on sale Sunday, July 10th, at 10 AM
SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL – July 21st through August 8th
SF ARTS COMMISSION – Taps one of its own to serve as Interim Director
ARTIST JEFF LONG – At the Toomey Tourell Gallery – The Birds of California: Beyond Audubon
“When Harry Met Sally” – SF Jewish Film Festival presents FREE screening in Union Square, July 16th
MEROLA OPERA SEASON – Free Concert – Sunday, July 24th at Yerba Buena Gardens
THE CASTRO AMBASSADORS – Got questions? Have answers!
MARY GIBBONEY – An Interview with the star of “ABSOLUTELY SAN FRANCISCO”
“BILLY ELLIOT” – A high flying hit at the Orpheum
FRAMELINE35 — LGBT Film Festival Winners Announced
HEIDI MELTON – An Interview with “Sieglinde” in San Francisco Opera’s DIE WALKÜRE, 6/29
“MANGUS!” – FRAMELINE35 – Great comedy at the Castro Theatre
UNTIL THERE’S A CURE FOUNDATION – meets “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City”
LUCY WOODWARD – Replaces China Forbes in Pink Martini concerts with SF Symphony
AUDITIONS – San Francisco Opera holding auditions for boys
“WISH WE WERE HERE”, Genie-ous Comedy at NCTC
GÖTTERDAMMERÜNG — A World Premiere, At San Francisco Opera
FRAMELINE35 — Sunday, 6/19 – The Muppets Take Manhattan, Spork, Hit So Hard, Cho Dependent, and Ausente
“DAS RHEINGOLD” – The slippery steps to Valhalla
“BILLY ELLIOT” – Leaps Into the Orpheum June 27th
PICASSO — Now at the de Young Museum
SANDRA BERNHARD – “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?”
JOHNNY MATHIS and “CASABLANCA” – In the Summer Line-up with SF Symphony
SONDHEIM’S “ASSASSINS” – Ray of Light Theatre is right-on target
“TALES OF THE CITY” – Totally Sensational, Totally San Francisco
“THE STOPS” – At NCTC – Come On and Get A Faith Lift
BRENDEN GUY — British Clarinetist In Concert, June 2nd
BLUE MAN GROUP — Best show in town!
SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – Opens July 14th with re-discovered film by John Ford
THIS GUN FOR HIRE, 1942 – Looking at “Now you see it, now you don’t” sung by Veronica Lake
Seán Martinfield YouTube with Janet Roitz – ‘Marked Woman’ (1937) and the song that gave it pizzazz – ‘My Silver Dollar Man’
“Would You Like A Souvenir?” – Sean Martinfield and Janet Roitz explore a song from Film Noir classic NORA PRENTISS (1947)
SFMOMA — The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
THE 2011 FRESH MEAT TOUR — 4 Festive Days of Everything Transgender and Queer
“ASSASSINS” – Ray of Light Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical, June 2–25
VICE PALACE – All Singing! All Dancing! All Hedonism!!!
SEEING GERTRUDE STEIN: FIVE STORIES
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS – Coming to A.C.T.
THE MAGNA CARTA — Now on view at the Legion of Honor
PICASSO: At the de Young Museum, Tickets on sale 5/11
BETH WILMURT – A stunning “Alma” in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, at the Aurora Theatre
TENOR JAY HUNTER MORRIS – Replaces Ian Storey as “Siegfried” at SF Opera
THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER – Les yawns, les sighs
CD: ZUILL BAILEY, Cellist – Brahms Works for Cello and Piano
TIIT HELIMETS – An Interview with “Prince Edvard” of SF Ballet’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
NO EXIT: A Helluva Great Time at the American Conservatory Theatre
KIRK DOUGLAS – On stage at the Castro Theatre, July 24th
SF BALLET – Program 6, A Power-Packed Triple Feature
CD: DAVID RUSSELL — Isaac Albéniz: Spanish Music on Guitar
NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – Announces 2011-12 Pride Season
NEW PUBLICATIONS: PUBLIC TRUST BETRAYED. An Interview with author and real estate appraiser, James E. Manning
MARVELOUS MENAGERIE: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel – At the Legion of Honor
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA & CHORALE – Announces 2011-2012 Season
VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical – Opens April 29th
JOAN and SANFORD I. WEILL – Contribute $12 Million Dollars to Sonoma State University for Green Music Center
COPPÉLIA – A Gorgeous New Production at San Francisco Ballet
NEW ON CD – Icicle Creek Piano Trio: Haydn, Turina, Shostakovich
NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Presents “Mastery of Schubert”, Featuring Soprano Melody Moore
“THE HOMECOMING” – A Home Run at A.C.T.
FLORAL DESIGNER NATASHA LISITSA – Creating the Fantastical in the Wilsey Court for “Bouquets To Art 2011″
EDITOR’S CHOICE — HÉLÈNE RENAUT, Vinyl Release Celebration at Cafe du Nord, 3/9
ZHENG CAO – A Conversation with A Miracle Artist
MELODY MOORE – Soprano shines in SF Ballet’s “Nanna’s Lied”
MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE – An Interview with “La Princesse” of Philip Glass’ Orphée
AVENUE Q – A Totally Fabulous Place To Be
EDITORIAL – A confession about ballerina Lorena Feijóo
YURI POSSOKHOV’S RAkU — Stunning World Premiere At San Francisco Ballet
CAMERON CARPENTER – Organist signs with CAMI Music and Konzertdirektion Schmid
THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS – Opening Celebration, January 14th
GISELLE – Opens SF Ballet’s 78th Season, 1/29/11
A Conversation with Elza van den Heever
THE BLACK SWAN – Don’t Save The Drippings
HEART OF A SOLDIER – SF Opera Commissions New Work
SF SYMPHONY – Announces 2011/12 Centennial Celebration
SHREK THE MUSICAL – Ogres and Freaks and Spells, “Oh, my!”
CD: MAHLER’S “Songs With Orchestra” – SF Symphony Completes Mahler Recording Project
KARITA MATTILA – “Viva To The Diva!”
CLUB FOOT ORCHESTRA – A Conversation with Richard Marriot
WEST SIDE STORY – Most of it, anyway
Dr. ELISA STEPHENS – My Visit with the President
TENOR RAMÓN VARGAS – A Worthy “Werther” At San Francisco Opera
AÏDA – Spectacular Opening Night At San Francisco Opera
OPENING NIGHT AT SF SYMPHONY – A Mixed Bag
CUBAN BALLET – An Interview with Octavio Roca
A Look At “Giselle” with Ballerina Lorena Feijóo
DOLORA ZAJICK – Internationally Acclaimed Mezzo To Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
DEBORAH VOIGT – A Captivating “Fanciulla del West”
JEANETTE MacDONALD – Hollywood Diva Remembered at the War Memorial Opera House
CD/DVD Release: CAMERON LIVE! – Organist Cameron Carpenter
THE RUFFATTI ORGAN & CAMERON CARPENTER at DAVIES HALL
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – An Interview with Russell Blackwood
PIANIST MISHA DICHTER – A Conversation
ZUILL BAILEY – A Conversation
DAVID PERRY – On the “Dos and Don’ts of Social Media”
CAMINOS FLAMENCOS – A Conversation with Yaelisa
CAMERON CARPENTER – Up Close and Very Personal
RUBÉN MARTIN CINTAS – Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet
CHRISTINE ANDREAS – A Conversation with Beautiful Broadway and Cabaret Star
CD Review – REVOLUTIONARY, Cameron Carpenter, Organist
seans-new-photo
Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. noble title - October 8, 2011

    title of Nobility…

    [...]San Francisco Sentinel » Blog Archives » SEPTEMBER 11th – “Opera In The Park” – The City’s Civic Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11[...]…

  2. Meinungen - October 6, 2011

    Abstimmungen…

    [...]San Francisco Sentinel » Blog Archives » SEPTEMBER 11th – “Opera In The Park” – The City’s Civic Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11[...]…