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San Francisco Choral Artists

Director: Magen Solomon

San Francisco Choral Artists

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

Since 1984, nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has inspired and delighted audiences with innovative, eclectic programming and stunning performances. Specializing in new music and the works of living composers, we present both vibrant premieres and choral masterpieces of the last 600 years.

To fulfill our mission to inspire a love of choral music among young people, we engage with local high schools and colleges. In the past five years the Choral Artists have partnered with the SF School of the Arts, UC Berkeley New Music Project, SF Conservatory of Music, St. Mary's College of California, and San Joaquin Office of Education Tenth Annual Fine Arts Day. And we touched over 1000 students as invited guests at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Anaheim, CA. Other musical partnerships have included performances with ensembles such as Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra, The Whole Noyse, Sonos, and Ateneo Chamber Singers of the Philippines.

Every season our audiences look forward to vibrant world premiere performances, savoring their choral favorites, and experiencing enticing works not yet published or recorded. This season will be a special look forward -- at the future of choral music -- and back at great choral masterpieces. We will continue to foster new music, and introduce audiences to the joy of exquisite choral music, including new works from fine composers in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

Discography

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San Francisco Choral Artists : Music Among Friends : 00  1 CD : Magen Solomon : 

San Francisco Choral Artists : Music Among Friends    onsale

Review: The SFCA has been delighting Bay Area audiences since 1985 with their perfectly-balanced blend of 24 voices, fresh and unusual song selection and elegant presentation of choral classics and new music by contemporary composers. Magen Solomon has been Music Director of the group since 1995, and she also directs the Oakland Symphony Chorus. "Music Among Friends" celebrates the ties of this chamber ensemble with the "lively community of local composers who have generously shared their wonderful music with us." 16 of these 22 works, chosen from live performances of the last 5 years, are by Bay Area composers, many are world premieres and several others have never been commercially recorded. Some of our favorites are a pair by Russell Burnham, "The Dance" and "Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones," Paul Chihara's "Lie Lightly, Gentle Earth," Allen Shearer's dissonant gem "The Marriage," John Kelley's poignant "When You Are Old," Paul Crabtree's "First and Last Kiss," Wm. Hawley's soaring "Vita de la mia vita," Robert Starey's surprising, powerful "It Is an Easy Thing," Kirke Mechem's beautiful "Loveliest of Trees," Halsey Stevens' "Go, Lovely Rose," Conrad Susa's "The Gallant One" and "The Kings of the Deck" and the lovely hymn, "In the Valley." There is occasional accompaniment, but mostly wonderful a cappella harmonies from this polished, talented ensemble. We loved every cut of "Music Among Friends!"

Songlist: The Dance, Salve Regina , Charm Me Asleep, Sonnet 4: O You Tender Ones , Lolas Epitaph , Lie Lightly Gentle Earth, Sound Of The Sea , The Marriage, Vita De La Mia Vita, When You Are Old, First And Last Kiss , It Is An Easy Thing, A Critical Success, Go Lovely Rose , Lovliest Of Trees, The Gallant One, The Kings Of The Deck , Landscape, O Little Town, In The Valley , Awit Sa Panginoon , The Coventry Carol

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8625c | 00 1 CD | $3.95 | Some a cappella


San Francisco Choral Artists : So Gracious Is The Time - An American Christmas : 00  1 CD : Magen Solomon : 

San Francisco Choral Artists : So Gracious Is The Time - An American Christmas

Review: A Christmas collection that attempts to narrow the gap between the music most performed (that written before 1900) and the vibrant work of living, working composers. "So gracious" the aptly-named Choral Artists combined beloved classics, fresh and original arrangements of traditional melodies, and some of their favorite (and previously unrecorded) works of Bay Area Composers. Favorites are Laurie Lee's powerful "Twelfth Night," Fenno Heath's flawless arrangements of "I Wonder as I Wander" and "What Child is This?," Herbert Bielawa's "Sweet Was the Song," William Billings' lilting, joyous "A Virgin Unspotted," "Ave Maria" and "Silent Night," both arranged by David Conte, Roger Nixon's 3-part "Wonders of Christmas" particularly "Christmas Greeting," Wm. Dawson's fine spiritual "Hail Mary!," John Stephenson's powerful "Milford" and Ruth Thornhill's "Snowfall," arranged by Gene Puerling. The eclectic and engaging "So gracious" touches, surprises and delights us with every song!

Songlist: Twelfth Night, I Wonder As I Wander , What Child Is This , Sweet Was The Song , In The Bleak Midwinter, A Virgin Upspotted, Sanctus , Almighty Father, Ave Maria , Glory To God In The Highest, Ave Maria , Virga Jesse Flourit , O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, Wonders Of Christmas, Milford, Sherburne, Hail Mary , Deck The Halls, Snowfall , Silent Night

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8623c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


San Francisco Choral Artists : Star of Wonder - Music For The Season : 00  1 CD : Ralph Hooper : 

San Francisco Choral Artists : Star of Wonder - Music For The Season

Review: Founded in 1984, Director Hooper and the well-chosen, balanced 24 voices immediately displayed a fresh and elegant sound, using on this first Christmas recording, for example, as wide a palette of moods, colors, rhythms and textures as possible. So although we've heard practically all of these tunes before, the bright arrangements and surprising accompaniment (harp, flute, organ and "The Ringmasters" bellringers) adds to our appreciation of this 21-song collection. Favorites are a Stephen Paulus-arranged "We Three Kings," Heinrich Schutz' beautiful "Cantate Domino," Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Gloria from Missa O Magnum Mysterium," Praetorius' "Gaudete Omnes," Roger Nixon's a cappella "Green Growth the Holly," Kirke Mecham's lovely "Christmas Carol," Francis Poulenc's "O Magnum Mysterium," Anton Bruckner's soaring, angelic "Virga Jesse" and ""Noel Nouvelet" and "Deck the Hall," both arranged by our friend Ken Malucelli. "Star is a special treat, to be kept in a safe place, so that it can be savored and enjoyed with the coming of the holidays!

Songlist: Silent Night, Nativity Carol, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Come Dear Children, Cantate Domino, Gloria, Gaudette Omnes, Caroling Caroling, The Nativity, Green Growth The Holly, Christmas Carol, Sir Christemas, Interlude From Ceremony Of Carols, Lo How A rose E'Er Blooming, O Magnum Mysterium, Virga Jesse, We'll Dress The House, What Child Is This, Noel Nouvelet, O Come All Ye Faithful, Deck The Hall

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8624c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


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