San Francisco Girls Chorus Previews Upcoming Japan Tour at Free Farewell Concert

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Before the San Francisco Girls ChorusÂ? premier choral ensemble, Chorissima, heads to Japan this summer as musical ambassadors, it will perform "Sayonara Chorissima," a free concert. The ensemble is one of two choral groups from the United States that were invited to headline at the prestigious 7th World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, which will gather together 34 of the worldÂ?s best choirs.

The San Francisco Girls Chorus’ premier choral ensemble, Chorissima, heads to Japan this summer as musical ambassadors, one of two choral groups from the United States invited to headline at the prestigious 7th World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, which will gather together 34 of the world’s best choirs. Chorissima will also perform in Japan at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, and as featured guest artists with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Before they leave, Chorissima will sing their complete tour program at a free concert on Friday, July 22, 2005, at 8p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street (at Jackson), San Francisco. For more information, call the San Francisco Girls Chorus at (415) 863-1752, or visit http://www.sfgirlschorus.org

The concert and tour performances, led by Artistic Director Susan McMane, with Susan Soehner on piano, will feature music by great composers such as Tavener, Victoria, and Rheinberger, as well as American music by La Rocca, Larsen, Thomas and Szymko. Favorite American spirituals and songs from musical theatre will also be performed. The San Francisco Girls Chorus invites audiences to enjoy a beautiful vocal performance by these young artists and send Chorissima off on their tour with an exciting “Sayonara.” The concert is free, but tour donations will be gratefully accepted.

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is a regional center for music education and choral training for girls and young women ages 7-18. More than 300 singers from 48 Bay Area cities and 160 schools participate in this internationally renowned program, called “a model in the country for training girls’ voices” by the California Arts Council. The Chorus’ six ensembles, including Chorissima and Virtuose, the Chorus’ concert, touring, and recording ensembles, reach nearly 100,000 audience members annually. The San Francisco Girls Chorus School offers training programs in San Francisco and Oakland, and provides its qualified young singers with need-based scholarships.

The San Francisco Girls Chorus has supplied singers for more than forty-five San Francisco Opera productions. Chorissima and Virtuose, in addition to a full concert season, appear as guest artists for other sponsoring organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Chorissima and Virtuose have represented the United States on eight international tours and have released 10 recordings as solo artists. In June 2004, the San Francisco Girls Chorus won its second ASCAP award for adventurous programming, a prestigious national honor. The Chorus has received three Grammy Awards for collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony (Orff: Camina Burana, 1992; Stravinsky: The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Persephone, 1999; and Mahler:Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, 2004). The San Francisco Girls Chorus has also won the national Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. The San Francisco Girls Chorus will be featured in an upcoming segment of the NPR series, “Keeping Score: The MTT Files” Part I: “What Does America Sound Like?” hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

The San Francisco Girls Chorus is currently in a capital campaign to raise funds for purchase of the future Kanbar Arts Center at 44 Page Street in San Francisco, around the corner from the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Through its permanent home, the San Francisco Girls Chorus will further serve the Bay Area community by offering affordable rehearsal and office space for other performing arts groups.

For more information, call (415) 863-1752, or visit http://www.sfgirlschorus.org

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