HOLIDAY CONCERTS – Keeping Spirits Bright In The City

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Tuesday—Thursday, December 2nd–4th @ 8:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Louise M. Davies Hall

The San Francisco Symphony launches the Holiday season with a bona fide modern classic. Pre-eminent American composer John Adams conducts a new production of El Niño, his captivating retelling of the Christmas story. Special lighting and staging help set the mood and tell the tale. The all-star cast of singers includes Dawn Upshaw, one of El Niño’s original interpreters, on December 2nd and 4th, and with Jessica Rivera on Friday, December 3rd. They will be joined by the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: El Niño

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DAWN UPSHAW, Soprano — JOHN ADAMS, Conductor

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SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS

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.” Join the SFGC Alumnae Chorus on Friday, December 10th, at 8:00 pm for “The Moon of Wintertime” at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: The Moon of Wintertime

Sunday, December 5th @ 4:00 pm
RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street, SF

Internationally acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, one of the largest boys choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area, is chiming in with its holiday concert RING OUT, BELLS! and will be joined by the celebrated Sonos Handbell Ensemble, the world’s only professional handbell choir.  A rousing concert of holiday favorites, Ragazzi will conclude its performance with an audience holiday sing-a-long.  RING OUT, BELLS! will be presented 4:00 pm, Sunday, December 5th at Old First Church, San Francisco. The concert will also be presented at 5:00 pm, Saturday, December 4th, at First Congregational Church, Palo Alto and 5:00 pm, Sunday, December 12th at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, San Mateo.
Click here to order tickets on-line: Ragazzi Boys Chorus

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RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS

Ragazzi means “guys” in Italian and it is also the term used in opera to
refer to children’s voices. Applying the highest standards of musicianship, Ragazzi offers a distinctive, rigorous curriculum for boys who seek to learn and value music and helps to foster qualities such as self–confidence, cooperation, leadership, sensitivity and a commitment to excellence. Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Peninsula Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus.

Saturday, December 11th, @ 8:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT CHORALE
Mission Dolores Basilica
Dolores at 16th Street, SF

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SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT CHORALE

The San Francisco Concert Chorale is delighted to host a Messiah Sing-along. All singers and lovers of inspirational music are invited! Start your holiday season with an enjoyable evening learning about and singing some of the favorite choral movements from Handel’s great masterpiece. Share in the spirit and power of voices joined together in song led by conductor John Emory Bush and accompanied by organist Jerome Lenk. Featured soloists are soprano Kaileen Miller, mezzo-soprano Lauren Groff, tenor Arie Perry, and baritone Michael Beetham. The Concert Chorale will invite the audience to sing traditional carols together to welcome the joy and beauty of the season.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be surrounded in the luminous acoustics of Mission Dolores.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the San Francisco Concert Chorale, now in its 36th season, under the direction of John Emory Bush. The SFCC is an independent chamber choir dedicated to musical performances of the highest quality. Singers are selected twice each year by audition and rehearse to a professional standard of performance.
Click here to order tickets on-line: San Francisco Concert Chorale, $10 advance, $15 at the door (cash only at the door)

Saturday, December 18th, @ 8:00 pm
WINTER’S GIFTS: BELLS
Mission Dolores Basilica
Dolores at 16th Street, SF

Celebrate the Holidays with The Choral Project, the San José Chamber Orchestra, and special guest artists, the world famous Sonos Handbell Ensemble in a concert that celebrates the winter season. New and exciting settings of holiday favorites include “Carol of the Bells” and “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Brian Holmes (world premiere) and “Fantasy on Carol of the Bells” by Mikhail Leontovich. Also featured in the program are such Holiday favorites as “Ding, Dong Merrily on High,” “I Wonder As I Wander,” and “Silent Night.” The concert will be repeated Sunday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

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THE CHORAL PROJECT

At the heart of its vision and mission, The Choral Project aims to educate young singers and expand awareness and appreciation of choral arts. The San José Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its twentieth anniversary season and continues to champion living composers with a wide spectrum of ethnic and/or stylistic backgrounds in its regular subscription series, alongside more familiar classical works. At the forefront of handbell artistry since it’s founding in 1990, the Sonos Handbell Ensemble has moved handbells into the musical mainstream by seeking the best transcriptions and original material available today. They encourage composers to write for bells alone and in combination with other instruments and voices, and premier these solo and orchestral works.
Click here to order tickets on-line for both concerts: The Choral Project

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THE SONOS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

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Seán Martinfield
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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”. 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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