Opera Star, Homeless Sing in “Street Requiem”

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Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm PDT Thursday, Aug. 27 on kalw.org, 91.7fm SF Bay Area.
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This weekend’s California Premiere of Street Requiem: For those who have died on the street features opera star Frederica von Stade and benefits Singers of the Street, a San Francisco-based choir McGuire founded in 2010 for people affected by homelessness. They will sing in this weekend’s concerts as part of a mass choir made up of four choruses and accompanied by the Community Women’s Orchestra and Carl Pantle on piano.

Performances:  7pm Saturday, Aug. 29, Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco   and   2pm Sunday, Aug. 30, Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo.

Tickets and more info at http://streetrequiem.blogspot.com/

 

Chorus honors memory of cyber-bully target

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Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman. He killed himself after his roommate recorded webcam videos of Tyler’s lustful encounters with another man, then invited other students to view them. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus premieres “Tyler’s Suite,” composed in Tyler’s honor and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, in Davies Symphony Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 – 26. It’s part of the chorus’ concert LUSTER: An American Songbook. On this week’s Out in the Bay, hear Callaway’s new song and Tyler’s mother Jane Clementi and SFGMC artistic director Timothy Seelig discuss cyber-bullying, other life and death issues, and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.  Eric Jansen hosts. Live interview airs 7pm PDT Thursday 3/20 on kalw.org + 91.7FM Bay Area; listen after broadcast at link below.
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