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Ragazzi Boys Chorus

Director: Joyce Keil

Ragazzi Boys Chorus

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Hailed by critics as "one of the Peninsula's finest treasures," Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier arts organizations.

Founded in 1987, the organization is a regional center for music education and performance for boys and young men, ages 7-18. More than 170 singers from 86 schools in 26 Bay Area communities including San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties participate in this internationally recognized program.

Under the leadership of artistic director and co-founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi ("guys" in Italian and the term used in Italian opera to designate children's voices) performs a full range of traditional and contemporary works sung in their original languages for both the treble and changed voice.

Since its founding, Ragazzi has performed regularly 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 among others. One of the largest boys choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ragazzi provides outstanding musical training to boys who love to sing.

The chorus gives concerts throughout the Bay Area including Belmont, Berkeley, Redwood City, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Saratoga.

In 2000 Ragazzi was named on a Grammy award for its participation in Persephone, one of three Stravinsky pieces on the recording by the San Francisco Symphony honored with a Grammy for best classical album.

Ragazzi regularly tours in the United States and abroad to develop Ragazzi's reputation for performance excellence. Ragazzi has toured internationally in Canada (1990), Russia (1992), Eastern Europe (1995), Italy (1998), Japan (1999), the British Isles (2001), Spain and Portugal (2004), and Australia and New Zealand (2007). In summer 2008 Ragazzi was chosen to participate in the prestigious Kathaumixw Festival in British Columbia. They were second place finalists in two different age group categories.

Ragazzi released its first compact disc, Good News! 10 Years of Ragazzi Singing, in January of 1997. After a very successful 1998 concert tour of Italy, Ragazzi released its second CD, A Holiday Collection. Its third CD, Canciones de Alabanza, a celebration of Latin American and Spanish music, was released in December 2001. Its fourth CD, Magnificat, was recorded at Skywalker ranch and released in December of 2005. Its Fifth and most recent CD, Splendors of the Italian Baroque, was recorded live during the holidays of 2008 and released in December of 2009.

Discography

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus : A Holiday Collection : 00  1 CD : Joyce Keil : 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus : A Holiday Collection

Review: "A Holiday Collection" combines traditional favorites like "God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" and sacred music like Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," Brahms' "Ave Maria," Dietrich Buxtehude's "Cantate Domino," and Vivaldi's "Laudamus Te," with contemporary originals like Martin Shaw's "Fanfare for Christmas Day," David Urrows' "Verbum Patris Hodie," Henryk Gorecki's "Totus Tuus Opus 60" and Daniel Pinkham's "Evergreen." Piano or organ accompaniment on most cuts. This is a soaring, lovely Christmas CD by the pride of San Mateo, CA, the Peninsula Boy's Chorus!

Songlist: Laudate Dominum, Pueri Concinite, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Ave maria, Opus 12, Verbum Patris Hodie, Cantate Domino, Laudamus Te, Fanfare for Christmas Day, Totus Tuus, opus 60, Silent Night, Evergreen, Angels We Have Heard On High

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7567c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Boys Choirs CDs


Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Canciones de Alabanza : 00  1 CD : Joyce Keil : 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Canciones de Alabanza

Review: The 50 boy singers of San Mateo, CA's Ragazzi are conducted by Joyce Keil in this wonderful and diverse collection of songs of praise. From the solemn 14th-century pilgrim song ("Stella Splendens") and the wonderful Renaissance motet ("Salve Regina") to the folk rhythms of the "Misa Criolla" and the wild instrumental colors of the modern "Estampie Natalis," these songs all celebrate the birth of Jesus, and his mother. Taking on the hard work of learning these difficult pieces, the young singers skipped and danced out of the studio after perfecting a song. Other favorites are the 5 movements of Giacomo Perti's "Magnificat A 4," and Thomas Luis de Victoria's "O Sacrum Convivium." There is some accompaniment by organ, piccolo, strings, recorder, bass and percussion. A joyful, touching effort by talented Ragazzi.

Songlist: Estampie N atalis, Stella Spelndens, Salve Regina, Salve Regina, Magnificat A 4:, Maginificat, Et misericordia, Fecit potentiam, Recordatus, Sicut locutus est, O Sacrum Convivium, Misa Criolla:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

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7564c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Latin American Choral


Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Good News : 00  1 CD : Joyce Keil : 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Good News

Review: Since its founding in San Mateo, CA in1987, Ragazzi, The Peninsula Boys Chorus has grown to be one of the largest and most successful boy choirs in the San Francisco Bay area. Under the direction of Musical Director and and Co-founder, Joyce Keil, the chorus has toured Canada, Russia and Eastern Europe. "Good News" is live recordings from concerts given in the 1995 and 1996 seasons. The 20 songs are in 3 categories: sacred repertory, such as Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Bach's "Ave Maria," Gabriel Faure's "Sanctus (from Requiem)," and Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ, the apple tree;" solos, duets and trios, like Antonio Caldera's "Alma del core," Handel's "Ombra mai fu," and Bach's "Wir eilen (from Cantata 78);" and secular repertory, Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Hvezda," the Serbian folk song "Niska Banja," Zoltan Kodaly's "Evening Song," the Slovak folk song "To ta Hel' pa," the Greek folk song, "The Kalanta of the New Year," and the spiritual "Ain-a that good news." Piano, flute and percussion accompaniment on some cuts. A beautiful collection by the talented boys of Ragazzi!

Songlist: Panis Angelicus, O gracious light, Ave maria , Ave verum, Sanctus , Der Herr ist Gross, Jesus Christ, the apple tree, Alma del core, Danza, danza fanciulla gentile , Lasst Lautenspiel und Becherklang, Ombra mai fu, Wir eilen , Ma Hvezda , Water under snow is weary , Niska Banja , Evening Song , To ta Hel' pa , The Kalanta of the New Year, Ain-a that good news, What a Wonderful World

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7566c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Boys Choirs CDs


Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Magnificat - My Spirit Rejoices : 00  1 CD : Joyce Keil : 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus : Magnificat - My Spirit Rejoices    onsale

Review: Recorded at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound, the music Ragazzi Boy's Chorus to perform on this CD serves to set the scene for the United State premiere of Magnificat, by Canadian Composer Rupert Lang. The texts of the other works they sing on this recording also mix traditional Marian and Nativity music with music celebrating life through various human experiences.

Songlist: Kyrie, Ave Maria, Bist Du Bei Mir , Der Herr Segne Euch, Ave Maria, Psalm 23 , Inscription Of Hope , To The Ploughboy , Bethelemu , Balulalow , This Little Babe, Magnificat , Recitative, Mary's Song , Magnificat, Quia Fecit, Suscepit Potentiam, Gloria

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8320c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 ON SALE $4.95 | Some a cappella Boys Choirs CDs

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