Saturday 20 July 2019, 7.30pm

Photo by Ben La

San Francisco Girls Chorus

“They appear to be capable of handling any vocal challenge set before them. Beauty of tone, exceptional agility and keen attention to words mark everything the choristers touch.” – Gramophone Magazine

Stunning vocal range, flexibility, drama, and power are among the hallmarks of the San Francisco Girls Chorus' Premier Ensemble, recognized as one of the world’s finest youth vocal ensembles.


Under the direction of Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Premier Ensemble has achieved an incomparable sound that underscores the unique clarity and force of impeccably trained treble voices fused with expressiveness and drama. As a result, the Chorus vibrantly performs 1,000 years of choral masterworks from plainchant to the most challenging and nuanced contemporary works created expressly for them. A leading voice on the Bay Area and national music scenes, the Chorus has produced award-winning concerts, recordings and tours; empowered young women in music and other fields, enhanced and expanded the field of music for treble voices and set the international standard for the highest level of performance and education.

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. The Chorus has been awarded numerous honors including five GRAMMY Awards and four ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming.

PROGRAMME

- I lie, David Lang
- Colombina, John Zorn
- Father Death Blues, Philip Glass, arr. P. Glass & L. Bielawa
- Herring Run, Carla Kihlstedt
- Excerpts from Rags of Time, Fred Frith; Carpe Diem / At My Back / Stitch
- Panda Chant Meredith Monk