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San Francisco Chamber Singers

Director: Robert Geary

San Francisco Chamber Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from San Francisco, CA, United States.

Established in 1989, the San Francisco Choral Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of beautiful, inspiring choral music. To date, we have shared our joy and enthusiasm for choral music with more than 60,000 concertgoers.

Our year-round program offers singers the opportunity to perform major choral works with professional orchestras and soloists in front of live audiences. We provide low-cost music instruction to our singers in the form of classes and workshops. We have a student internship program, inviting outstanding local high school and college students to participate with us in the rehearsal and performance experience, at no cost to them. Our auditioned chorus has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished choruses in the Bay Area.

SF Choral has presented great choral classics to packed audiences at venues throughout San Francisco, including regular performances at Davies Symphony Hall. We have performed the Brahms, Mozart, Durufle, and Verdi Requiems and Britten's War Requiem, the Bach B-minor, Mozart C-minor, Haydn Lord Nelson, Bruckner, and Stravinsky Masses, Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Monteverdi's and Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Orff's Carmina Burana. We have sung pieces by living composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Part, Kirke Mechem, and then-living composer Moses Hogan. And we have commissioned and premiered new works by composers Felicia Sandler, Kirstina Rasmussen, and Emma Lou Diemer. We take great joy - and pride - in bringing these great choral works to our Bay Area community.

SF Choral's educational programs, rehearsals, and performances are financed through registration fees, volunteer efforts, individual contributions, employer matching-fund programs, concert ticket sales, program advertising, and contributions from the community at large. We are also grateful to receive grants from Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Getty Foundation, the Osher Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation and in-kind donations from Classical 102.1 KDFC Radio and Masterworks Institute for Works on Paper.

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San Francisco Chamber Singers : Freed From Words : 00  1 CD : Robert Geary : 

San Francisco Chamber Singers : Freed From Words

Review: San Francisco-based composer Mark Winges writes music that is both familiar and strange; speaking to our oldest human qualities, beyond words... It embraces the versatility of the human voice: screams, whispers, whistling, muffled garbles, throat singing, speaking, and lyrical singing are all bound together into a tapestry of living, liquid a cappella sound. Think of the mind-blowing choral works of Penderecki, Messiaen, Takemitsu, or Ligeti's brooding score to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Winges' latest CD, Freed from Words expresses the abstract and the specific: Magic Strings places the listener in the swarthy world of a witch's sabbath; The Oh of Moon and Piano illustrates the moon and piano caught up in celestial dance; Haiku Settings unfold pithy sonic snapshots; Freed from Words uses phonemes and other pre-lingual vocal sounds. Composer in residence for the virtuosic San Francisco chamber singers, (three- time winners of ASCAP's "Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music") Winges seamlessly blends a wide variety of influences into an evocative choral world. Conductor Robert Geary (recently given the "Outstanding Conductorial Achievement" award at the International Children's and Youth Choir Festival) insures that all the singers involved, from children to adult, make the vocal gymnastics sound effortless. This recording will transport anyone with a love of choral music and an open ear.

Songlist: Magic Strings, Haiku Settings - Three Sets, Freed From Words, The Moon - Welcome, Wishes Night, The Oh of Moon and Piano

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6827c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


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