Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Kicks Off 2009-10 Season with Opening Gala "To Music"

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The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS), a community-based symphonic orchestra for musicians of all gender identities and sexual orientations, today announced the opening of the 2009-10 season with "To Music", a special Gala concert to be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Saturday, Sept. 19th starting at 8:00 p.m. PT. Performing under the baton of newly appointed Artistic Director Daniel Canosa, "To Music" will be the first of a four-concert series showcasing the best of the Bay Area's artists performing an ambitious repertoire unlike any other.

Our objective is to redefine the orchestral experience through the use of ambitious repertoire that appeals to wide variety of listening audiences

The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS), a community-based symphonic orchestra for musicians of all gender identities and sexual orientations, today announced the opening of the 2009-10 season with "To Music", a special Gala concert to be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Saturday, Sept. 19th starting at 8:00 p.m. PT. Performing under the baton of newly appointed Artistic Director Daniel Canosa, "To Music" will be the first of a four-concert series showca sing the best of the Bay Area's artists performing an ambitious repertoire unlike any other.

BARS is redefining the orchestral experience with passionate, entertaining programming that can quickly connect with multiple audiences. The gala concert program opens with famed American composer John Corigliano's deeply moving and emotive "To Music" (1984). Corigliano, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 2 (2001), is best known for his Academy Award-winning score to "The Red Violin" (1999) and Grammy Award-winning contemporary composition "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan" (2009).

The gala program continues with Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" featuring acclaimed San Francisco-based pianist Daniel Glover. The evening concludes with a performance of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G major. The Corigliano piece and guest pianist Daniel Glover are presented as part of the BARS LGBT Composer and Performing Artist Series.

What:    Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Opening Gala Concert "To Music"
Where:    San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    50 Oak Street, San Francisco, Calif.
When:     Saturday, September 19th, 2009
    8:00 p.m. PDT

"Our objective is to redefine the orchestral experience through the use of ambitious repertoire that appeals to wide variety of listening audiences," said Ian Harwood, president, BARS. "In just two seasons, we've built up a loyal fan base and a reputation for artistic excellence few other arts organizations can claim."

"As the only symphony in the San Francisco Bay Area created by and for the LGBT community, BARS brings something special to the region's musical life," said Daniel Canosa, artistic director, BARS. "We have an important, yet joyous task ahead of us -- to provide quality arts programs relevant to the entire community. I am honored to be working with them."

Ticket Information
There are two leveled tiers for seating: general admission within the reserved section; and PREMIER tickets for selected seats with superior acoustics and sightlines, which are pre-sale only. Tickets may be reserved online or by phone until 5:00 p.m. the day of the performance. Please call 415-57-VIOLA. After that, tickets will be available at the box office staring at 7:00 p.m. (cash only). Premier tickets are available in advance only and may not be purchased at the box office. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount.

About Daniel Canosa, Artistic Director
Considered one of the best of his generation, Argentinean-born conductor Daniel Canosa is the first Artistic Director of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. He has lead orchestras and choruses in Argentina, the U.S. and Europe. In Buenos Aires, he founded and directed the highly-praised Conjunto Egmont. Since arriving in Calif. in 1990, Mr. Canosa has conducted the Apollo Orchestra, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, and Camilla Symphony Orchestra, among others.

About Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Founded in 2007, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is a community-based symphonic orchestra that provides a safe and open environment for musicians of all levels, gender identities and sexual orientations. With a focus on artistic excellence and community building, BARS inspires its members to excel and achieve their performance goals with confidence, pride and creativity. The high quality events and member enrichment programs reflect a shared passion for producing entertaining, yet relevant programming.

Today, BARS consists of more than 200 members, including 65 active musicians and approximately 135 volunteers in leadership, management and administrative rolls. BARS is 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit Bay Area Rainbow Symphony or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/barssf.

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