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San francisco bach choir

San francisco bach choir

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The San Francisco Bach Choir, founded in 1937, is an auditioned volunteer choir that performs outstanding choral concerts in the Bay Area, with a focus on the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries, and forerunners. SFBC is the western United States’ oldest continuously operating choir. We use period instruments and skilled instrumentalists and soloists, as well as a historically informed approach. We are particularly interested in performing rarely performed Renaissance and Baroque music, including polychoral works. The choir is approaching its ideal size of 60–80 members.
In October, December, March, and May, we normally have four programs of two performances each. The December concert contains antiphonal works for several choirs performed in candlelight, as well as a selection of seasonal Renaissance and baroque music. We normally perform major Bach works in March (passions, masses, motets, choral cantatas). The programming for October and May has been done in a number of ways.

San francisco bach choir

The goal of the San Francisco Bach Choir is to use outstanding choral music to encourage, educate, engage, and cultivate connections among Bay Area singers and audiences, as well as to provide committed singers with the opportunity to learn and perform both Early M…
The San Francisco Bach Choir’s goal is to use outstanding choral music to encourage, educate, engage, and link Bay Area singers and audiences, as well as to provide devoted singers with the opportunity to research and perform both Early Music and a diverse repertoire of great works from other eras and genres.
Over the past seven decades, the San Francisco Bach Choir has played an important role in the cultural life of the Bay Area. SFBC, the oldest continuously running community choir in the western United States, was instrumental in developing choral music as a serious art form in Northern California, as well as introducing thousands of people to J.S. Bach’s great works. J.S. Bach’s masterpieces, including the Mass in B Minor, the St. John Passion, the St. Matthew Passion, and several motets and cantatas, have all been performed by the choir. The choir now focuses on polychoral music from the rich German choral tradition, which spans the late 16th to 18th centuries, and has performed many works in this early antiphonal style. The choir continues this tradition and ushers in a new period of musical exploration under the guidance of new director Magen Solomon. With a membership of about seventy singers, the San Francisco Bach Choir is able to perform works with a variety of choir compositions, both in terms of scale and number of pieces. Our repertoire often includes works for up to 40 different pieces, with multiple choirs organized in antiphonal configuration in the performance space. Concentus, a chamber choir made up of members of the full choir, performs works that include a smaller group of singers. The San Francisco Bach Choir collaborates with a number of well-known vocal soloists, as well as its own period orchestra and chamber consort.

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There are currently 240 active members of the choir. It frequently performs and records throughout London and the UK, including at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Abbey Road Studios, under the direction of David Hill MBE (Yale Schola Cantorum/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), one of the country’s most eminent choral directors.
The Prince of Wales is the choir’s patron.
[three] Sir David Willcocks, the choir’s musical director from 1960 to 1998, was appointed conductor laureate. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Reginald Jacques have all served as musical directors.
Following the death of Leopold David de Rothschild in 2012, John Rutter was appointed president of the choir in 2013.
(5) Dame Janet Baker, James Bowman, Dame Felicity Lott, and Sam Gordon Clark are its vice presidents. [number six]
The Bach Choir has a long history of recording and performing for film scores. Kingdom of Heaven, Prometheus, Robin Hood, The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek the Last, Jack the Giant Slayer, and The Martian have all included it in recent years. [nine] The Choir has collaborated on projects with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as designer Richard Quinn, and has featured on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC Radio 3, BBC One, Sky Arts, and Sky Sports News in recent years. [nine]

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San francisco bach choir – mozart requiem rehearsal – may

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2017 many voices one art choral festival feedback

In this FREE, informal singing workshop, join Artistic Director Magen Solomon and singers from the SF Bach Choir as they explore gems from the Early Music repertoire. All levels of singers (or would-be singers) are welcome. There will be music. Come sing, learn, and enjoy the joy of making music with us!
The San Francisco Bach Choir is an auditioned volunteer choir that performs outstanding concerts of music from all times in the Bay Area, with a special emphasis on J.S. Bach’s music. It is one of the oldest continuously operating community choirs in the western United States, having been established in 1936. In 2016, it will celebrate its 80th anniversary. The Choir employs a historically informed approach, period instruments, and competent instrumentalists and soloists in their performances.
The San Francisco Bach Choir’s goal is to use outstanding choral music to encourage, educate, engage, and link Bay Area singers and audiences, as well as to provide devoted singers with the opportunity to research and perform both Early Music and a diverse repertoire of great works from other eras and genres.