While the San Francisco Symphony is winding up its tour of Europe, the Sonos Handbell Ensemble is preparing to leave for the Estonian capital of Tallinn to participate in the June 25-29 Bell Arts International
Just when we are beginning to comprehend cloud computing, here comes cloud singing. That, at least, is what I think Ragnar Bohlin called what happened during the San Francisco Symphony Chorus concert he conducted at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday.
There are bigger spectator sports, but none with more participants than choral singing. Surprising but true: more Americans sing in choruses, chorales, choirs, glee clubs and other vocal groups — both professional and amateur — than engage in football, baseball, tennis, even Greco-Roman wrestling.
Chorus America is holding its 34th annual convention in the city, June 8-11, hosted by the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chanticleer. SFGC, along with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, is among winners of the 2011 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming; Chanticleer and Volti received the award before.
One of Leonard Bernstein's many accomplishments was to bring Gustav Mahler to the attention of American audiences in the 1960s, five decades after the death of his predecessor at the New York Philharmonic. And yet, despite Bernstein's performances and recordings of those challenging masterpieces, Mahler's popularity had its ups and downs.
One of the most varied and fascinating classical music programs anywhere, the entire 2½-hour concert by 101 young artists from 33 countries, playing under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in the Sydney Opera House, is available online.
Heggie Celebrates the Big Five-O with a Masterclass
"It's common for young singers to learn works of great composers from two or three centuries ago, but to have the opportunity to work with a living composer is a rare occasion," says the enthusiastic statement from the Young Musicia