SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS – At The Herbst Theatre, Friday Night

BAROQUE SPLENDOR
30th Anniversary Gala
with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

This Friday evening at the Herbst Theatre the SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS celebrates their 30th Anniversary in BAROQUE SPLENDOR. Featuring the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the concert will include music by Handel, Pergolesi, and Mendelssohn, as well as music from the Mexican Baroque. Featured guest artist will be 1988 SF Girls Chorus alumna, soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani. The Gala evening begins at 6:00 PM and includes cocktail reception, concert, dinner and live auction. The San Francisco Girls Chorus is recognized as one of the world’s most respected vocal ensembles. In January they joined forces with the San Francisco Boys Chorus to sing at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. SF 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.” Tickets are available for the full event and for the concert only by calling: 415-863-1752 x306.

SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS MEMBERS

In the 17th and 18th centuries choral music reached a new pinnacle of refinement, sophistication and gloriously virtuosic sound. Young women’s voices were prized by composers and clamored for by audiences for purity, soaring beauty and thrilling versatility. These attributes and more make the Girls Chorus and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra the perfect partners for a splendid concert of amazingly beautiful music marking the Girls Chorus 30th Anniversary. The evening honors SFGC Founder Elizabeth Appling Bloch, and proceeds from the evening benefit education, outreach and scholarship programs of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

JENNIFER ELLIS KAMPANI, CD – The Essential Giuliani, Vol. 1

Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani is emerging as one of the leading interpreters of the Baroque repertoire. She recently made her debut with the Washington Bach Consort, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the New York Collegium with Andrew Parrott conducting. This season she was featured artist in LE TOURNOI DE CHAUVENCY a Medieval opera production with Francesca Lattuada and Ensemble Aziman which toured through Europe. She also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the Bach Sinfonia, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Her international career has included appearances with the period instrument groups American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, Magnificat, Washington Catherdral Choral Society, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Solamente (Budapest, Hungary), Ensemble Tourbillon (Prague, Czech Republic), and Musica Aeterna (Bratislava, Slovakia). In addition, Ms. Kampani has sung with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Charlotte Symphony. Opera highlights include leading roles in Handel’s ACIS AND GALATA, Blow’s VENUS AND ADONIS, Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PADRONA, Duron’s zarzuela SALIR EL AMOR DEL MUNDO, Handel’s SEMELE, and Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS.

With programs located in San Francisco and Oakland, the San Francisco Girls Chorus School offers a program designed to take young girls from their first introduction to the art of choral singing through a full course of choral and vocal instruction. This includes the study and development of choral artistry, vocal technique, music theory, music history, and performing style as pertaining to the repertoire studied and performed by the Chorus. The carefully structured training stages, Levels I-IV, are designed specifically to increase technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with each chorister’s age and physical development. Graduation from Level IV qualifies the singers to audition for Chorissima, the Girls Chorus’ acclaimed 45-voice concert and touring ensemble. “Successful completion of the Chorus School Training Program provides the singers with a beginning college-level knowledge of choral repertoire, vocal technique and music theory,” says Chorus School Director Elizabeth Avakian. Click here for more information: CHORUS SCHOOL

Order these fine recordings for your Classical Library:
I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY – Songs of the Twentieth Century. A musical tribute to children of the Holocaust. Disc includes compositions by Laszlo Halmos, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Virgil Thomson, and Pablo Casals. Sharon J. Paul leads the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
MUSIC FROM THE VENETIAN OSPEDALI – Disc features songs written for young female orphans of the 18th century Venetian ospedali. Sharon J. Paul leads the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
THE ESSENTIAL GIULIANI, Vol 1 – Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani is featured in the six Ariettas, Op. 95 by Mauro Giuliani.

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Seán Martinfield 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”, which is being prepared for publication. 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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