“There is no overstating the dedication, versatility or technical command of this superb organization…Again and again, a listener could only sit slack-jawed in astonishment at the beauty and clarity of their singing.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director & Principal Conductor
Colin Jacobsen, violin
On the heels of the February 2018 release of its newest recording, Final Answer, the San Francisco Girls Chorus concludes its 2017-2018 subscription season at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with a program featuring works from the album along with the world premiere of the chamber version of violinist/composer Colin Jacobsen’s If I Were Not Me, originally premiered by SFGC at the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL festival at Lincoln Center. Jacobsen, a founding member of the intrepid New York-based ensembles, The Knights orchestra and Brooklyn Rider, and a regular performer with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, joins SFGC as soloist for the program.
André Caplet: Septuor
Lisa Bielawa: Opening: Forest from the TV opera Vireo
Colin Jacobsen: If I Were Not Me (World Premiere of Chamber Version)
Carla Kihlstedt: Herring Run
Aleksandra Vrebalov: Bubbles
Philip Glass: three duets from The Crucible
Stunning vocal range, flexibility, drama, and power are among the hallmarks of, recognized as one of the world’s most respected vocal ensembles for youth. Under the direction of Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa and Music Director & Principal Conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the 39-year-old San Francisco Girls Chorus has achieved an incomparable sound that underscores the unique clarity and force of impeccably trained treble voices.
This season, SFGC presents a three-concert subscription series in San Francisco; make its Carnegie Hall debut with the Philip Glass Ensemble; and collaborate with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and Kronos Quartet. Other recent performance highlights include the inauguration for President Barack Obama; SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras at the Kennedy Center and the New York Philharmonic’s 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL festival.
SFGC has been the recipient of numerous honors, including five GRAMMY Awards and three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Photo: Carlin Ma