Program 2. Holiday Favorites
with the San Francisco Girls Chorus
- Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
- Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, Christmas Concerto
- Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons
- Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
- Bach: Brandenburg Concerto Number 3
- Rutter: Nativity Carol
- Mozart: Engel Gottes Kunden
- Handel: Unto us a child is born and Hallelujah from Messiah (arr. Assad)
- Vaughan Williams: Winter from Folksongs of the Four Seasons
- Cesar Antonovich Cui: Radiant Stars
- Traditional: Christmas Carols
Tickets and Program Notes
$61 A Seating | $49 B Seating | $29 C Seating | $8 Open Rehearsal
2014-2015 Single Tickets are now on sale. Purchase online below or call 415.392.4400 (M-F 9:30am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm).
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014, 10am, Kanbar Performing Arts Center
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014, 8pm, First Congregational Church
Friday, Dec 19, 2014, 8pm, First United Methodist Church
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014, 8pm, Nourse Auditorium
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014, 5pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
Sonoma State University
Friday, Dec 12, 2014, 7:30pm, Green Music Center
This concert is presented by Sonoma State University. For tickets, click the link or call 866.955.6040 (M-F 10am-6pm).
About the Concert
New Century celebrates the holidays with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, in a concert featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, Mozart’s Engel Gottes künden, Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, selections from Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, and more.
For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world’s most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director 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.”
Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has become a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 5-18. 400 singers from all nine Bay Area counties participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed “a model in the country for training girls’ voices” by the California Arts Council. The organization consists of a professional level performance, recording and touring ensemble and the Alumnae Chorus; the four-level Chorus School training program, supervised by Director Elizabeth Avakian; and a Preparatory Chorus for 5-7 year olds. SFGC’s 30th Anniversary season, 2008-2009, culminated in a performance in President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, and a debut concert at Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center.
SFGC has won many honors, including the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award and three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming in 1999, 2004 and 2011. The Girls Chorus is invited annually to perform with musical organizations including San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and others. The Chorus has been honored to sing at many national and international venues, including the World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan in 2005. SFGC has been featured at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention in Salt Lake City and represented North America in the prestigious World Vision Children’s Choir Festival in Seoul, Korea, and in the Gateway to Music Festival at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
The Chorus School offers a program of unparalleled excellence, designed to take young girls from their first introduction to the art of choral singing through a full course of choral/vocal instruction. This comprehensive music education includes the study and development of choral artistry, vocal technique, music theory, music history, and performing style. The discipline, teamwork, and concentration young girls learn in the Chorus School rehearsals and performances instill in them the values necessary for high achievement in music and in life.
SFGC’s discography continues to grow with a 2-disc set Heaven and Earth. The music represents some of the greatest sacred and secular repertoire ever written for treble voices. Other recordings include: Voices of Hope and Peace, a recording with many exciting SFGC commissions; Christmas, featuring diverse holiday selections; Crossroads, a collection of world folk music; and Music from the Venetian Ospedali, a disc of Italian Baroque music of which The New Yorker described the Chorus as “tremendously accomplished.” The Chorus can also be heard on several San Francisco Symphony recordings, including five GRAMMY® Award-winners.