San Francisco Girls Chorus Are In Demand This Spring, Presenting NOYE'S FLUDDE and More
The five-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus-Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, and Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor-are in demand as one of the Bay Area's top vocal ensembles with upcoming guest performances this spring with the San Francisco Symphony, award-winning visual arts organization Creativity Explored, Stephen Petronio Dance Company presented by San Francisco Performances and in Opera Parallèle's productions of Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias and Weill's Mahagonny. In addition, the Girls Chorus will stage Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, based on the biblical deluge story, with décor and set pieces by artists from Creativity Explored on Saturday, March 29. A complete list of Spring performances is listed below. For more information, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org .
SF Girls Chorus with San Francisco Symphony in Mahler's 8th
Feb. 27-March 2
The San Francisco Girls Chorus returns to San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to continue the ongoing performance and recording cycle of the complete Mahler symphonic canon Thurs. Feb 27, 8pm; Sat. March 1, 8pm; Sun. March 2, 2pm at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco
SF Girls Chorus As Guest Performers at Opening of Creativity Explored Exhibition: A Curious MenagerieMarch 6
Thursday, March 6, 7-9 pm San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform music by Claude Arrieu, Francisc Poulenc and Tania Leon at the opening reception for Creativity Explored's Spring exhibition, A Curious Menagerie at their home gallery, located at 3245 Sixteenth Street in San Francisco.
This group exhibition of artworks depicts various members of the animal kingdom, factual as well as fanciful, as viewed through the eyes of more than two dozen Creativity Explored artists, many of whom are collaborating with the Girls Chorus to create set pieces and more than 50 original artworks for the staging of Britten's Noye's Fludde March 29 at Temple Emanu-El.
The exhibition runs March 6 through April 27 and Encompasses everything from the domesticated (dogs, cats and rabbits) to the wild and exotic (giraffes, buffalo and iguanas), plus a few imaginary creatures (a strawberry-piercing serpent by Jason Monzon, for example), the artworks also include a range of media: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pen and ink, wire, wood, paper, clay, fabric, and cardboard.
SF Girls Chorus Performs in Stephen Petronio Dance Company's Like Lazarus Did March 14-15 at YBCA
The Girls Chorus will perform live as part of Son Lux's musical score for New York Choreographer Stephen Petronio's Like Lazarus Did - Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 7:30pm, At LAM Research Theatre at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, presented by San Francisco Performanceshttp://sfperformances.org/performances/1314/StephenPetronioCompany.html
Guest Performers in Opera Parallèle's Les Mamelles de Tiresias and Mahagonny April 25-27 at YBCA
SF Girls Chorus returns to Opera Parallèle to perform with Opera in productions of Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias and Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel at YBCA's Lam Research Theater April 25 to 27. http://operaparallele.org/opera-paralleles-2013-2014-season-announcement/
35th Home Season Continues March 29 with Staging of Britten's Noye's Fludde and Benefit Gala
In addition to its busy roster of guest performances, the San Francisco Girls Chorus continues its own 35thanniversary season with a fully staged production of Benjamin Britten's 1957 opera Noye's Fludde, based on the biblical deluge story, in one performance only, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 pm at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Conducted by Ms. Sainte-Agathe, the cast will feature guest artists Carey Perloff as The Voice of God, bass-baritone Joe Chappell as Noah, mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen as Mrs. Noah and other soloist roles performed by members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, to be announced. The production will be staged by Ariel Craft and will feature original art, costumes and set pieces created by members of San Francisco's acclaimed Creativity Explored, supported by a grant from the Creative Work Fund. The evening features the performance and includes a cocktail party and dinner to benefit the San Francisco Girls Chorus. For information and tickets, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org .
Benjamin Britten's inventive re-telling of the biblical story of Noah and the flood is based on a 15thcentury miracle play from an English source. The Voice of God tells Noah to build a ship, and the cast comprises Noah's scoffing, slacking wife and family and the host of animals to be carried on the ark once the prophesied flood arrives, its commencement heralded by the sound of clinking teacups representing the first rain drops.
Tickets are priced $30 and $18(students) and are available for purchase through City Box Office; by phone at 415-392-4400; online at www.cityboxoffice.com; or in person at City Box Office, 180 Redwood Street, Suite 100, San Francisco (Monday -Friday, 9:30am-5pm). Tickets for the gala benefit evening include the special performance of Noye's Fluddefollowing the dinner and live auction. Concert-only tickets are priced $18-$30 and may be purchased atwww.sfgirlschorus.org. Tickets for the complete gala evening start at $300 and may be purchased by contacting Cathy Lewis at (415) 863-1752, x 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.