The Snowman film, Colors of Christmas with Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernandez, ‘Twas the Night and Deck the Hall children’s concerts also on Symphony’s holiday performance schedule
Concerts by Wilson Phillips and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and holiday concerts with Pink Martini, Chris Botti, Judy Collins, The Count Basie Orchestra,Natalie Cole, and the annual Colors of Christmas shows with Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills are among the highlights of the 2012-13 November and December schedule at Davies Symphony Hall, presented by the San Francisco Symphony.
The Symphony’s holiday concerts include several particularly suited for children and families to attend together, with several offering half-price tickets for children 17 and under. San Francisco Symphony musicians and special guests perform two Deck the Hall family concerts of holiday music December 2, followed by entertainment, refreshments, and arts and crafts for children. On December 8, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform its popular Peter and the Wolf afternoon concerts, with actress Olympia Dukakisas narrator. Ragnar Bohlinleads soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson-Cano, tenor Andrew Stenson, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorusand Orchestra in three performances of Handel’s Messiah on December 13, 14, and 15. The animated children’s film The Snowman will be screened December 21 at Mondavi Center at UC Davis and December 22 at Davies Symphony Hall, with live accompaniment by the San Francisco Symphony and the Pacific Boychoir. Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernándezbrings Mexican and traditional Christmas favorites to Davies Symphony Hall December 21. SFS Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlinleads soprano Lisa Vroman, and members of the Orchestra and Chorus in three ’Twas the Night Christmas concerts, featuring favorite carols and sing-alongs, December 22, 23, and 24.
The lobby of Davies Symphony Hall will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Towering trees will each be decorated with handmade ornaments, made by kids from local schools and volunteers from community groups. The annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball rings in 2013 on December 31.
Tickets are on sale now for all special and holiday concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony at www.sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue.
Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The four-time Grammy® nominated group Wilson Phillips takes the stage at Davies Symphony Hall, performing songs from their new release Dedicated, which features covers of The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. One of the best-selling female groups of all time, Wilson Phillips is Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson (daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas). The trio reinvents the songs of their parents and perform their beloved hits “California Dreamin’,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Good Vibrations,” and more, as well as their own best-known songs. In spring 2012, the lifelong friends starred in Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, a TV Guide Network reality show documenting the group’s adventures in and out of the recording studio. ( Note: the SF Symphony does not perform in this concert).
SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS
Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
Steeped in gospel, soul, and funk, this nine-piece Brooklyn collective has continued to electrify fans the world over with its authentic, heartfelt sound. Their four critically-acclaimed albums recall an honest, analog sound reminiscent of Motown and Stax Records, and have thrust Jones, a native of Augusta, GA, and crew into the multimedia limelight. Their live show has attracted collaborators including David Byrne, They Might Be Giants, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, and Michael Bublé. The Dap-Kings’ musical chops have also been in high-demand by artists including Al Green. Jones celebrated her silver-screen debut in the Denzel Washington-led film, The Great Debaters, in which she acted, sang, and recorded the majority of the movie’s soundtrack. In June 2012, the band appeared at the Bonnaroo Festival, and heads next to Europe for a month-long tour, including dates in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Turkey, Italy and Norway. (Note: the SF Symphony does not perform in this concert).
PINK MARTINI WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” was created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale to play at political fundraisers for progressive causes. Fronted by multilingual and multitalented China Forbes, the band plays an eclectic blend of 1930’s Cuban dance orchestra, classical chamber ensemble, Brazilian street band, and Japanese film noir. In 2010 the band released Joy To The World, a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Its previous recordings, Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007, and Splendor In The Grass in 2009, have been popular worldwide. The group made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and in the years following went on to tour Europe, Asia, and the United States. Equally at home performing its eclectic repertoire on concert stages and in smoky bars, Pink Martini draws a wildly diverse crowd. The ensemble made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and has since performed with other orchestras across the country including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Donato Cabrera conducts.
CHRIS BOTTI WITH
THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
Trumpeter Chris Botti performs material from his new album, Impressions, with his band and the Orchestra, conducted by Brett Kelly. Impressions expresses Botti’s love for rich, evocative melodies across a wide variety of genres, and includes music by Chopin, Gershwin, Harold Arlen, R. Kelly, Randy Newman, Bob Thiele and David Weiss, Ivan Lins, Astor Piazzolla, and Cesar Portillo de la Luz, as well as a pair of songs co-written by Botti with Herbie Hancock and David Foster. Botti was persuaded to make a lifetime commitment to the trumpet when at 12 he heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.” After attending Indiana University, and studying with David Baker, trumpet teacher Bill Adam, Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman, he spent his early career crafting his skills in the Buddy Rich Big Band and playing with artists from Frank Sinatra to Natalie Cole and Joni Mitchell. Botti played extensively with Paul Simon, and had an especially creative association with Sting. His records have sold more than those by any jazz instrumentalist in the world.
DECK THE HALL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CONCERT AND PARTY
Sunday, December 2 at 11:00 and 3:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The San Francisco Symphony’s annual Deck the Hall event celebrates the holiday season with a magical stage show designed for children ages three to 10. Members of the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon, Dance Through Time, San Francisco Boys Chorus, and SF Jazz High School All-Stars Orchestra perform. Inaugurated more than 30 years ago by the late Louise M. Davies, this holiday classic is a Symphony tradition. The post-show party in the lobbies includes a variety of entertainment, arts and craft activities for children, and refreshments. Special Angel Packages are available with premium concert seating and a pre-concert reception with gourmet treats, holiday crafts, and special time with Santa Claus for the kids.
PETER AND THE WOLF with the
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with special guest narrator Olympia Dukakis. The Orchestra will also perform festive holiday songs for the whole family to sing. SFSYO Music Director and conductor Donato Cabreraconducts.
COLORS OF CHRISTMAS
Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills with the San Francisco Symphony
Monday, December 10, Tuesday, December 11, and Wednesday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. in Davies Symphony Hall
Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr, James Ingram and Stephanie Mills celebrate at the annual Colors of Christmas concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, performing traditional Christmas favorites and their individual hits. Bryson’s soft-rock/R&B hits include the Top 10 hit “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again,” the Grammy® Award-winning “Beauty and the Beast” (with Celine Dion), and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” with Regina Belle. McCoo and Davis are best known for their hits with The 5th Dimension, including “Aquarius,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and “Last Night (I Didn’t Get to Sleep)” and R&B crooner Ingram had major hits with songs including “Baby, Come to Me,” “I Don’t Have the Heart,” and “Yah Mo B There.”
With the San Francisco Symphony and SF Symphony Chorus
Thursday, December 13, Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The Grammy® Award-winning SF Symphony Chorus, conducted by Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, is joined by the Orchestra and soloists soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson-Cano, tenor Andrew Stenson, and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel in these performances of Handel’s glorious Messiah oratorio.
THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA
Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The Count Basie Orchestra embodies swing, style, rhythm and soul, and the ensemble brings its classic big band jazz to Davies Symphony Hall for a night of jazz and pop standards, and its unique, foot-tapping take on favorite Christmas carols.
WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The folk and pop vocalist and songwriter Judy Collins joins the San Francisco Symphony for a performance of her timeless songs and hits as well as some holiday favorites. Collins’ Grammy® award-winning contemplative songs, paired with her creamy voice and heartfelt delivery, have been entertaining and enthralling fans for many years. Collins takes the audience on a journey showcasing her legendary, wide-ranging vocal talents, performing ballads from her vast songbook, along with special holiday songs, all delivered in her singular style.
WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
Vocalist and songwriter Natalie Cole,whose repertoire spans pop, r&b, jazz, and standards, performs a Christmas concert with the San Francisco Symphony. Her most recent album, Still Unforgettable, won two Grammy® awards, and her inspiring book, “Love Brought Me Back,” chronicles her journey from loss and recovery to joy and success following her 2009 kidney transplant. Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Her 1991 album Unforgettable…With Love included her sensational duet with her late father, Nat King Cole, on the title track.
MARIACHI SOL DE MÉXICO DE JOSÉ HERNANDEZ
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
The 14-piece Grammy®-nominated ensemble Mariachi Sol de Méxicode José Hernandez returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Mariachi Sol de México has performed with artists including Selena, Juan Gabriel, Jose Feliciano, Luis Miguel, Vikki Carr, Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paloma San Basilio, Emilio Navaira, Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez, The Beach Boys, and Willie Nelson. The music of Mariachi Sol de México has been heard on the soundtracks of Sea Biscuit, The Old Gringo, American Me, Don Juan de Marco, Disney’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, A Million to Juan, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They have recorded more than a dozen CDs, including the Latin Grammy-nominated Tequila con Limón and the 25th Anniversario José Hernandez y Su Mariachi Sol de México, also nominated for a Grammy® Award.
THE SNOWMAN film
Animated film and sing-along with the San Francisco Symphony
Friday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Mondavi Center, UC Davis,
and Saturday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
This charming animated 26-minute film (Dianne Jackson, 1982) tells the tale of a young boy’s poignant friendship with a snowman. The San Francisco Symphony performs the score to this family-friendly movie, led by Resident Conductor Donato Cabrerawith the Pacific Boychoir. After the movie, hear Christmas favorites performed by the Orchestra. The audience is invited to sing along with the Orchestra to some great holiday chestnuts.
’TWAS THE NIGHT
Carols and sing-alongs with members of the SF Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m.
and Monday, December 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
This special Christmas concert offers conductor and SF Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlinleading soprano Lisa Vroman, members of the San Francisco Symphony, and members of the SFS Chorus in beloved Christmas carols and favorite childhood Christmas songs, plus audience sing-alongs and traditional favorites.
NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Monday, December 31
Doors open and pre-concert entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m.
Orchestra concert begins at 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the city’s most elegant celebration, the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with the San Francisco Symphony. The December 31 event stars the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Michael Francis, soprano Heidi Stober, and members of Dance Through Time. Everyone attending the event receives a complimentary mask as they enter the beautifully decorated lobby. Beginning at 8 p.m., The Martini Brothersentertain and perform their “swingin’ cocktail music” in the lobby. Starting at 9 p.m., the San Francisco Symphony performs polkas, waltzes, and dances on stage in Davies Symphony Hall. Following the Symphony concert, guests are invited to celebrate and dance on the Davies Hall stage to The Peter Mintun Orchestra. Super Diamond, covering the hits and gems of the one and only Neil Diamond, entertains in the First Tier lobby. Immediately following the Symphony performance, guests enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, desserts, savories, and party favors. As the clock strikes midnight, 2,013 colorful balloons cascade from the ceiling and the crowd welcomes in 2013.
A special pre-concert dinner package includes a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner (wine included) in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House. The dinner package also includes sparkling wine served in the Loge Level lobby at intermission. Dinner packages begin at $160. Parking is included. Call the Davies Symphony Hall box office for more details on the special pre-concert dinners at (415) 864-6000, or visit sfsymphony.org/newyears.