Look below to find a list of our upcoming concerts. You can also learn more about the artists by clicking on their names and following the links to their bios and websites.
To respect our artists and patrons, we do not permit infants or toddlers to attend our performances.
Holiday Guitar Concert to Celebrate the Season
Lawrence Ferrara, guitar
Come and hear Lawrence Ferrara, soloist and ensemble director for the annual San Francisco Holiday Guitar Concert presenting works that bring cheer and delight to the holiday season and New Year. In addition to solo, and ensemble performances, Mr. Ferrara will perform a special arrangement of Rodrigo's guitar concerto, Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre arranged for soloist and guitar quartet. Also, you will hear Gaspar Sanz's Suite Española, the music of Sanz that inspired the great Spanish composer Joaquìn Rodrigo (1901–1999) to create his unique work Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre. Other works performed will include the traditional holiday and New Year classics, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Holst’s St. Paul Suite arranged for 4 guitars.
Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time.
$14.00 Seniors (65 and older)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Children 12 and under are free.
Music from the Carpathian Bow
Cookie Segelstein, violin & viola; Joshua Horowitz, cimbalom, chromatic button accordion & piano; Stuart Brotman, bass, basy, bass 'cello, tilinca, baraban
In Eastern Europe, the roots of World Music go back centuries. Jews and Moslems, Magyars, Rumanians, Ukrainians and Roma played music together in an atmosphere of sharing, in a multicultural area where professional musicians had to know as many musical styles as the diverse languages of the people with whom they lived and worked. Across the Veretski Pass, the mountain pass in the Carpathians through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin in 895 AD, and through which the emigrating Jews first settled in Transcarpathia, the musical traditions were as varied as the people who lived there. Taking its name from this cultural hotbed, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. With colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, Veretski Pass plays "Old Country" music; music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian- Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Much of this rare music has been gleaned from field recordings gathered by the musicians in numerous trips throughout Europe, as well as from family members.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
A Cheerful Noise
Joyce Keil, Director; Kathy Morey, Director; Jesse Buddington, Director; Sarah Wannamaker, piano & organ; Othello Jefferson, piano; Tania Nanevicz, strings; Dahna Rudin, strings; Claire-Jeanne Martin, strings; Karl Kuehn, choreographer
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, the renowned music education and choral arts performing organization, celebrates the holiday season with the jolly concert A Cheerful Noise. Take some time out of your busy holiday schedule to enjoy the vocal beauty and youthful energy of our upper-level trebles and changed-voice singers. Give yourself a chance to set aside the holiday frazzle and connect with holiday meaning. Classics of choral literature will be featured, including pieces by Mozart, Purcell and Handel. Patrons are invited to sing along with carols, and will be treated to the hushed intensity of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria. Ragazzi will also present an exciting piece by Paul Halley that combines the ancient chant Ubi Caritas with African chants and drumming. A Cheerful Noise promises an eclectic mix of classical, holiday and other music with something for everyone.
of the San Francisco Girls Chorus presents Make a Joyful Noise!
The SFGC Alumnae Chorus presents a program that celebrates the traditions of Christmas and their modern reimaginings. Anchored by two modern psalm settings, come and revel in the familiar carols and songs, as well as modern works by René Clausen, David Conte, Rollo Dillworth, Jósef Karai and Claude Debussy. For 35 years, the thrilling sounds of the extraordinarily gifted young women of the San Francisco Girls Chorus have captured the attention and fired the imaginations of audiences worldwide. The San Francisco Girls Chorus Alumnae Chorus comprises graduates of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Chorus School. Now in its seventh season, Alumnae Chorus provides Bay Area audiences with concerts of the highest caliber of women's choral music. For more information about the San Francisco Girls Chorus, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org.
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
Robert Geary, Artistic Director; Andrew Brown, conductor; Clifton Massey, conductor; Sue Bohlin, Associate Director
Celebrate the season with the sweet sounds of children singing - the top choirs of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir dazzle by candlelight, featuring works by Francisco Núñez, Dov Carmel, Pekka Kostiainen, John Reager, Miklós Kocsár, and Z. Randall Stroope. This internationally-acclaimed organization has been offering an outstanding program of choral training and performance since 1982, winning top prizes at prestigious festivals across the world, collaborating with major arts institutions, and offering lessons in creativity, expression, poise and engagement with many cultures. Most recently they swept the choral competition at the International Youth Music Festival in Slovakia with 3 gold medals and the Grand Prix Award for best Overall Choir.
A Celtic Yuletide Celebration
Margie Butler, vocals, Celtic harp, penny-whistle, recorder; Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion, octave-mandolin; Kathy Sierra, vocals, violin, viola, recorder
Christmas has long been celebrated as a time for family and friends to gather and share in the joy of the season. Golden Bough’s special Celtic Yuletide Concert at Old First Concerts is the perfect setting to join together in song and celebration and to drive the cold winter away. Old World Carols from England, Ireland and Scotland, along with Celtic songs of Christmas and Winter, provide a festive atmosphere in which the listener is transported to another place and time. No newcomers to the current Celtic trend, Golden Bough has been bringing their Winter Concerts to family audiences far and wide since 1980. These modern-day minstrels have traveled the world over performing their own brand of Celtic music, drawn from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and even Galicia (in Spain). An Old World carol states, “Good fortune attend each merry man's friend to do the best that he may, forgetting all wrongs in carol and song to drive the cold winter away.” With that in mind, Golden Bough created a special Yuletide season program for the whole family. With lively instrumental pieces, haunting ballads and humorous sing-alongs, you’ll be hard put to sit still once the fire of Celtic music is flamed by these fine musicians. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! You can find out more about Golden Bough, their recordings, concert schedule and history by visiting their website at www.goldenboughmusic.com.
KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble
Please note special ticket prices for this concert: General admission $20 advance / $25 at the door; Seniors & full-time students $15 advance / $20 at the door
Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe's geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals. Kitka's 2013 Wintersongs program will feature songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); to rhythmic Balkan Romany ("Gypsy") tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram. Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.
The following pre-sale ticket prices are good until Saturday, December 21, 2013 AT 6:00PM. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.00 for General Admission, $20.00 for Seniors, and $20.00 for Full Time Students.