“OPERA IN THE PARK” – The City Commemorates 9/11, Sunday afternoon, in Golden Gate Park

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Opera presents the Company’s annual free OPERA IN THE PARK concert at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, on Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. Presented by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Opera, with the participation of the City and County of San Francisco, in cooperation with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, this year’s special Opera in the Park concert has been recognized as San Francisco’s civic observance commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The first half of the program will feature San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Adler Fellow soloists Nadine Sierra, Maya Layhani, Daniel Montenegro and Ryan Kuster in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Musical movements of the Requiem will be interspersed with meditational texts read by members of the San Francisco Interfaith Council representing Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco Baha’i Center, First United Lutheran Church, San Francisco Muslim Community Center, Onkar Sikh, Old Mission Dolores San Francisco, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center.

7 Performances: September 10th through September 27th
Thomas Hampson — Melody Moore

Following the intermission, the program, led by San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers, will feature inspirational works by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Gene Scheer, Richard Rodgers and John Williams, as well as music by Christopher Theofanidis, from new San Francisco Opera commission Heart of a Soldier, which will have received its world premiere on September 10th. Soloists include William Burden, Thomas Hampson, Melody Moore and Adler Fellows Leah Crocetto, Susannah Biller, Maya Lahyani, Brian Jagde, Daniel Montenegro, Ao Li and Ryan Kuster. San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley serves as master of ceremonies and will be joined on stage by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee; Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, Michael Pappas; San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr offering remarks on this national day of remembrance.

Tonight, Saturday, September 10th – the eve of the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks – 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. A tale 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.

RICK RESCORLA, Vietnam 1965
Photo, Peter Arnett


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

10:00 AM
Mayor Lee to observe moment of silence & attend SFFD & SFPD 9/11 Memorial Mass.
Saint Monica’s Church
470 24th Avenue at Geary Boulevard

1:00 PM
Mayor Lee to attend Castro Street 9/11 Observance.
Harvey Milk Plaza
Castro & Market Streets

2:00 PM
Mayor Lee to make remarks at Opera in the Park, City’s Official Civic 9/11 Observance.
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park

8:00 PM
St. Ignatius Church interfaith service commemorating the anniversary with local leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.
Parker Avenue and Stanyan Streets

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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.

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