Category Archives: Chorus

Great Moments in Sight Reading, Part 1

Today was the first chorus rehearsal for West Bay Opera’s production of Aida. We were sight reading through all the choral portions in the opera, and naturally we spent a lot of time in Act II. Turn to page 157 and all heck breaks loose. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission

Before we launch Mass Transmission into the world tomorrow evening, I’d like to reflect on some of the musical aspects that I love about both this piece and other works by Mason Bates. Continue reading

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Debussy Reviews; On to Bates

The reviews for the San Francisco Symphony production of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien are in. The Chorus finally gets to take a 6-week breather, and then we start rehearsals for the premiere of Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Debussy

If you’re in San Francisco this weekend and love Debussy, you really should try to get to see and hear our production of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien at the San Francisco Symphony. We’re doing the full incidental music in a semi-staged production. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Brahms and Schütz

Tonight begins our four-concert run of Brahms’ A German Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The program opens with the Chorus singing one of Heinrich Schütz’s a cappella six-part motets, Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Verdi Requiem

When you work on music notation software for a living and you sing in choruses, the two tend to intersect. The Verdi Requiem turns out to be one of music notation’s record holders. Continue reading

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A Chorister’s Preview of the SFS Centennial

The centennial season of the San Francisco Symphony has begun! What does that mean for the SFS Chorus? Continue reading

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Mahler 2 Reviews

It’s good to see how much people enjoyed the San Francisco Symphony performances of Mahler’s 2nd last weekend, especially with all the raves about the chorus as well as the orchestra. Continue reading

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