ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S REQUIEM – This Saturday At Mission Dolores Basilica

Presented by the San Francisco Concert Chorale,
John Emory Bush conducting

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

This coming Saturday, March 21st, at 8:00 pm the San Francisco Concert Chorale will present Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s REQUIEM at Mission Dolores Basilica (16th Street & Dolores). Also included are selections from Webber’s indefatigable and award winning repertoire. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem was dedicated to his father, William Lloyd Webber, who died in 1982. The work had its premiere in New York on 25 February 1985 at St Thomas Church (Fifth Avenue). A subsequent recording garnered a Grammy Award in 1986 in the category of “Best Classical Composition”. Inspired by the civil strife in Central America, Webber infused the classical Requiem text with contemporary Latin rhythms. Its most memorable movement, the “Pie Jesu”, sprang to the top of the Pop charts and remains a tenacious concert favorite.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT CHORALE

Join Broadway/Webber fans and sing along to some of his greatest hits from CATS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and EVITA. Continuing its 36th season, the San Francisco Concert Chorale, under the baton of John Emory Bush, is among the most consistently innovative and rewarding vocal ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Chorale is an independent group dedicated to musical performances of the highest quality. Members are selected twice each year by audition and rehearse to a professional standard of performance.

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JOHN EMORY BUSH, Music Director and Conductor

JOHN EMORY BUSH, began musical studies at the age of seven in his native Michigan. Trained as a conductor, pianist, organist, and harpist, he has a Bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Michigan and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Bush has been privileged to study and coach with the distinguished conductors Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Helmuth Rilling and Robert Shaw. In 1988, he was one of five musicians (and the only American) to be invited to study conducting with Antal Dorati in Bern and Basel, Switzerland. He has studied with the renowned organists Joan Lippincott, Albert Fuller and the late Leonard Raver. Mr. Bush has been Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale since 1994.

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MISSION DOLORES BASILICA
JEROME LENK, Assistant to the Director and Accompanist

JEROME LENK is currently Director of Music and Liturgy for Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco, where he has served as organist and assistant choir director since 1989. He has performed organ concerts and conducted the outstanding Mission Dolores Basilica Choir in the United States, Mexico and Italy. Mr. Lenk is active as a recitalist and accompanist, and maintains a private studio. He has a recording of organ music from the Basilica entitled A Dedicatory Recital. He conducted a recording of the soon-to-be-released Basilica Choir, featuring music of their recent tour to Mexico. He has made regular appearances with several Bay Area choruses, including the San Francisco Concert Chorale, the Valley Choral Society, the San Jose Choral Project, and Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo.

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RICE MAJORS and ANDREW TRUETT

RICE MAJORS, tenor, has sung previously with San Francisco Lyric Opera, Syracuse Opera, and the Binghamton Summer Savoyards. He is currently on the teaching staff at Contra Costa College, where he is the conductor for the West County Winds concert band, and has previously conducted for the Rose City Gay Freedom Band, Ithaca Opera, and the Cornell Savoyards. Rice also serves on the board of directors for the Lesbian and Gay Band Association.
ANDREW TRUETT, tenor, is a Bay Area native and member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. In 2005 he made his San Francisco Opera debut as the second soldier in La Forza del Destino. He has performed leading roles with Pocket Opera, Mission Opera, The Mountain Play, West Bay Opera, San Diego Comic Opera, The San Francisco Opera Guild, Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera San Diego, Jarvis Conservatory, Oakland Lyric Opera, Golden Gate Opera, The Lamplighters Musical Theatre and Berkeley Opera.

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LAUREN GROFF, KAILEEN MILLER, and KATHERINE GERBER

LAUREN GROFF, mezzo-soprano, is a 2nd year master’s student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2008, Lauren created the role of Claudio in the world premiere of Silla by Handel, was the mezzo soloist in the Mozart Grand Mass in C minor, performed the roles of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lauren’s upcoming engagements include Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and Lidio in Cavalli’s L’Egisto.
KAILEEN MILLER, soprano, is a second year Master’s student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her recent operatic roles include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She received her undergraduate degree from Whitman College, where she performed the roles of Yum Yum (The Mikado) and Rowan (The Little Sweep). She also worked with the Valley Concert Chorale, Les Choristes at Notre Dame des Victoires, and the Schola at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi.
KATHERINE GERBER, soprano, is completing her MM in Voice at SFCM, where she has sung the role of Pamina, in The Magic Flute, Clori in L’Egisto. While in Sydney, Australia, she played such roles as Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with the Sydney Madrigal Singers, This spring she will sing the role of Armida in Rinaldo, with Conservatory Baroque. Katherine is currently Music Director at St. John’s Uniting Church of Christ in San Francisco.

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MICHAEL BEETHAM and ADAM COLE

SOPRANOS: Caroline Damsky, Nina Dessart, Debra Greenblat, Siina Haapenen, Hallie Holtzman, Meg McGinty, Kaileen Miller, and Betty Pun
ALTOS: Betsy Baumgardner, Lauren Groff, Lisa Haley, Susanne Johnson, Dawn Mulliken, Julie Salazar, and Allison Waterworth
TENORS: Rice Majors, Scot Meacham Wood
BARITONES: Michael Beetham, Adam Cole, Jeff Crandall, Don Plondke

Order Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s complete vocal score: REQUIEM

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Add these recordings by the San Francisco Concert Chorale to your Classical Library. Click on the titles to order on-line:

CARMINA BURANA – by Carl Orff, featuring the San Francisco Concert Chorale with the Las Positas College Chamber Choir, the Valley Concert Chorale, and the Cantabella Children’s Chorus. John Emory Bush conducting.
AMERICAN IMAGES – The San Francisco Concert Chorale’s first recording of the 21st century offers a cross-section of American music written or arranged in the 20th century, drawn from the many colors of the American palette: modern choral works, jazz, folk songs, and spirituals.
ON A STILL, STILL NIGHT – San Francisco Concert Chorale’s 1998 debut recording, features timeless Christmas music.

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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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