Welcome to the San Francisco Choral Society. Here at SFCS we believe that singing is an essential part of life and that it brings great rewards. In our rehearsals and performances we experience the great works of the past; with our New Music program, we commission and perform new repertoire for large chorus and orchestra. We believe that good singing requires continuing efforts to develop musical skills and vocal technique.
Looking forward to the five programs we will give in 2017, we will be steeped in great historical literature. In April we will give a program of music by the Bach family. With Jubilate, the instrumental ensemble of early music specialists playing historically appropriate instruments, we will perform three settings of the revered Magnificat text by Johann Sebastian Bach and his two sons Carl Philip Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach.
In August we will go to Davies Hall with Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah. Performing with a group of renowned soloists, our preferred orchestra the California Chamber Symphony, and the Piedmont East Children’s Choir, we will celebrate this masterpiece for the third time since our founding twenty-eight years ago. We look forward to rediscovering the beauty of Mendelssohn’s musical language and his brilliant writing for all voices and instruments.
In October our esteemed and wildly popular Assistant Conductor, Dr. Bryan Baker, will give his annual “Bryan Baker and Friends” recital. This is a chance to hear great music for piano performed by a true recitalist, and Bryan always mixes it up with other artists.
In November, we will sing a program of motets culminating in a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s beloved and transcendent Requiem.
In December, our Assistant Conductor Bryan Baker will create an eclectic and fun “Festival of Carols” holiday program for choir, soloists, brass quintet, organ and piano.
As I begin my 22d year with the Choral Society, a look back reveals a steady progression in the development of the chorus and of our overall artistic quality. It also reveals a long line of amazing people who, recognizing the value of our choir, have generously volunteered and given their energy, talents, and treasure to support it. This is the key to our continued success. Our staff, led by Executive Director Alan Kleinschmidt, has provided the vision, guidance, and management needed to keep everything balanced.