By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Mariachi Sol de México, the Grammy-nominated 14-piece ensemble led by Jóse Hernàndez, performs a program of favorite Mexican and U.S. Christmas and holiday music with the San Francisco Symphony. SFS Assistant Conductor Donato Cabrera conducts. When he created Mariachi Sol de México in 1981, Jóse Hernàndez prepared the way to set the Latin musical world afire with new original rhythms, sounds and ideas. Jóse’s fluent mastery of the mariachi medium is unmistakably intense when it comes to expanding the boundaries of mariachi music. He has recorded with the most respected and recognized names in the industry, including Jose Feliciano, Selena, Vikki Carr, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Juan Gabriel, Vicente Fernandez , Luis Miguel, Guadalupe Pineda, The Beach Boys, Lola Beltran, Rocio Durcal, Brian Adams, Lucha Villa and more.
MARIACHI SOL DE MÉXICO – Jóse Hernàndez (center)
Establishing the Sol de México Symphony Orchestra has allowed scores of mariachi lovers to become entranced by this full mariachi sound. Also the founder and director of the Mariachi Heritage Society, Jóse Hernàndez aims to help young people develop their skills in Latin music.
Click here for ticket information: 12/3, Mariachi Sol de México
AN EVENING WITH BARBARA COOK
Friday, December 4th, legendary Broadway diva Barbara Cook is in concert with the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Cook originated the roles of “Marian the Librarian” in The Music Man, “Cunegonde” in Candide and “Amalia Balash” in She Loves Me. Barbara Cook is considered among the premiere musical theatre song interpreters of today. She will be performing a concert of seasonal standards and beloved holiday hits.
Click here for ticket information: 12/4, BARBARA COOK
CIRQUE OF THE SEASON
Saturday, December 5th, fasten your seatbelt for a high-octane holiday spectacle, as the SFS and conductor Donato Cabrera join forces with Cirque de la Symphonie. Enjoy highflying aerialists, jugglers, and more, all performing to featured works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Prokofiev, Schubert, and Bizet. Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere.
CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE
Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world- aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These artists are among the best in the business, and they include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared by symphonies and – with the maestro – each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music.
Click here for ticket information: 12/5, Cirque of the Season
DECK THE 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 ten. Led by Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, the concert includes performances by the Orchestra, dancers from San Francisco Ballet School, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Chhandam Youth Dance Co., and Stephen Saxon and the New Klezmorim and more. Deck the Hall will take place on Sunday, December 6th at 11 am, with a second performance at 3:00 pm. Davies Symphony Hall will be transformed into an evergreen wonderland with towering trees, each one uniquely decorated by local schools and community groups. The post-show party in the lobbies includes entertainment, arts and craft activities and refreshments. These concerts are presented in conjunction with San Francisco Arts Commission.
RANDALL CRAIG FLEISCHER
Deck the Hall is a holiday tradition, consisting of a family performance in Davies Symphony Hall with festive children’s activities and entertainment following the performance. Angel Donors are invited to a special pre-performance celebration and receive premiere concert seating; Guardian Angel ticket holders or above are invited to the Angel Tree Lighting ceremony on December 2nd, when the holiday trees are lighted in Davies Symphony Hall.
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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”, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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