A FRENCH FETE – With the SF Concert Chorale this Saturday

Featuring works by Poulenc, Fauré, Duruflé et Charpentier

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

This Saturday, May 15th, come celebrate choral works from four of France’s greatest composers with the San Francisco Concert Chorale. The concert takes place at Mission Dolores Basilica (16th and Dolores) at 8:00 pm. The centerpiece will be a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria with soprano soloist Kaileen Miller and organist Jerome Lenk. Also featured is Charpentier’s Te Deum, the best known of all French baroque grand motets. Written “pour choeur a cappella”, the Duruflé Quatre Motets includes one of the most popular sacred a cappella works of the last century, Ubi Caritas. Faure’s Messe Basse, uniquely arranged for womens voices, will also be included.
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JOHN EMORY BUSH, Music Director and Conductor
Photo, Nicolas Smith

Beginning its 35th season, under the baton of John Emory Bush, the San Francisco Concert Chorale is among the most consistently innovative and rewarding vocal ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Concert Chorale is an independent group dedicated to musical performances of the highest quality. Singers are selected twice each year by audition and rehearse to a professional standard of performance.

Dedicated to introducing choral treasures to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Concert Chorale performs both favorites and less familiar works from throughout the choral repertoire. The Concert Chorale has presented the Bay Area premieres of Conrad Susa’s oratorio The Wise Women, Antal Dorati’s Pater Noster, and Robert Levin’s completion of Mozart’s Requiem, the latter in collaboration with the Wyoming-based Cheyenne Chamber Singers. The Chorale is also noted for its inspiring and unique performances of Handel’s Messiah.

Additional collaborations have included work with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, the Kronos Quartet, the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic, the Golden Gate Boys’ Choir, and the London Piano Duo.

The Concert Chorale was one of two American choral groups to participate in Mexico City’s Festival de Centro Historico in 1999 and performed in Cuernavaca at the invitation of the Institute Cultural de Morelos.

The Concert Chorale has performed throughout southern France, including a memorable performance at the historic Cathédrale Ste-Cécile in Albi. They have sung jointly with the choir of St. Matthew’s Cathedral of Dallas, presenting concerts in Dallas and San Francisco. Most recently, the Concert Chorale, joined by  the Valley Concert Chorale, Los Positas College Chamber Choir, and Cantabella Children’s Choir, performed Carmina Burana.

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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
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: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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