HOLIDAY CONCERTS – With the San Francisco Symphony

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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DECK THE HALL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CONCERT AND PARTY
December 5th at 11:00 am and 3:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony 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.  Inaugurated 30 years ago by the late Louise M. Davies, this holiday classic is a Symphony tradition.  Deck the Hall will take place on Sunday, December 5th at 11:00 a.m., with a second performance at 3:00 p.m. The post-show party in the lobbies includes a variety of entertainment, arts and craft activities for children, and refreshments.
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Sunday, 11/5, 11:00 am
Sunday, 11/5, 3:00 pm

LIZA MINNELLI IN CONCERT
Sunday, December 5th, at 8:00 pm. Davies Symphony Hall.
SOLD OUT

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PETER AND THE WOLF
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
December 11th at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
December 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Flint Center, Cupertino

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EDEN ESPINOSA, Narrator – Peter and the Wolf

Conductor Donato Cabrera leads the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in three performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  The orchestra performs December 11th at 1 pm and 4 pm in Davies Symphony Hall and on December 12th at 3 pm at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Singer and stage actress Eden Espinosa, best known for her starring performances as “Ephalba” in the San Francisco, Broadway and Los Angeles productions of the smash hit musical Wicked, is the special guest narrator. The Programs will also include Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival”; selections from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker; the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr., and a Carol sing-along. Tickets may also be purchased to a party before the 12/12 Flint Center performance, with arts and crafts, family entertainment, and refreshments. Details are available through the SF Symphony Volunteer Council at (415) 503-5500.
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Sunday, 12/11, at 1:00 pm
Sunday, 12/11, at 4:00 pm

MARIACHI SOL DE MÉXICO DE JÓSE HERNÀNDEZ
December 12th at 8:00 p.m. in Davies Symphony Hall

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MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO

The 14-piece Grammy®-nominated ensemble Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions and the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Mariachi Sol de México has performed with artists including Selena, Juan Gabriel, Jose Feliciano, Luis Miguel, Vikki Carr, Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paloma San Basilio, Emilio Navaira, Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez, The Beach Boys, and Willie Nelson. The music of Mariachi Sol de México has been heard on the soundtracks of Sea Biscuit, The Old Gringo, American Me, Don Juan de Marco, Disney’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, A Million to Juan, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They have recorded more than a dozen CDs, including the Latin Grammy-nominated Tequila con Limón and the 25th Anniversario Jóse Hernàndez y Su Mariachi Sol de México, also nominated for a Grammy Award.
Click here to order tickets on-line: Sunday, 12/11, at 8:00 pm

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS
December 13th—15th at 8:00 pm in Davies Symphony Hall
 

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OLETA ADAMS — PEABO BRYSON

Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, James Ingram, and Oleta Adams celebrate at the annual Colors of Christmas concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, performing traditional Christmas favorites and their individual hits. Bryson’s soft-rock/R&B hits include the Top 10 hit “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” and the Grammy Award-winning “Beauty and the Beast” (with Celine Dion) and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” with Regina Belle. Ingram’s career was launched in earnest while working with Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. He co-wrote the smash hit “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” for Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, the biggest-selling album of all time. The same year, in 1982, his duet with Patti Austin, “Baby Come to Me,” was a #1 pop hit. His 1983 debut album included the Top 5 R&B and Top 20 pop hit “Yah Mo Be There” with Michael McDonald, and yielded his second of what eventually would be three Grammy awards, 17 Grammy nominations and two Oscar nominations.

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STEPHANIE MILLS — JAMES INGRAM

James Ingram’s most recent CD, 2009’s Stand (In the Light), is his first inspirational recording. Soul/R&B/gospel vocalist Oleta Adams, who has been nominated for four Grammy awards, recently released her eighth recording, “Let’s Stay Here.” She produced the disc and wrote eight of its 10 songs. She has toured worldwide with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross. Stephanie Mills scored a career success with her performance on Broadway as “Dorothy” in The Wiz, and has had huge hits in R&B, pop and disco, including “Home,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” “Pilot Error,” “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” and a cover of “If I Were Your Woman.” The performers are joined by the First A.M.E. Oakland Mass Choir, and Herman Jackson conducts the Orchestra.
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Colors of Christmas, December 13th–15th

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
December 15th at 8:00 pm at the Flint Center in Cupertino
December 16th and 17th at 7:30 pm and
December 19th at 2:00 pm at Davies Symphony Hall

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GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL — RAGNAR BOHLIN

The Grammy Award-winning SF Symphony Chorus, conducted by Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, is joined by soloists Kiera Duffy, soprano; Tove Dahlberg, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; and Robert Gleadow, bass, and the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Handel’s Messiah oratorio. These are the Chorus and Orchestra’s first performances of Messiah since 2007.
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THE SNOWMAN
December 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
 
This charming animated 26-minute film (Dianne Jackson, 1982) tells the tale of a young boy’s friendship with a snowman.  The Orchestra performs the score to this family-friendly movie, led by Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera with the Pacific Boychoir. After the movie, hear Christmas favorites performed by the Orchestra, including Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. The audience is invited to sing along with Pacific Boychoir and the Orchestra to “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”
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THE PACIFIC BOYCHOIR

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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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