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.
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.
Meet Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Beach Blanket Babylon cast member Chavé Alexander and her burlesque alter ego Alotta Boutté. Beach Blanket Babylon and the SF Gay Men’s Chorus have teamed up to present “Snow White & Her Merry Men” — the first-ever collaboration by these two iconic San Francisco performing arts groups — at Davies Symphony Hall Monday and Tuesday nights, March 25 & 26. Alotta Bouté performs at the S.F. LGBT Community Center’s “Studio 11” gala soirée this Saturday night, March 23. Hear Seelig and Alexander talk about how the chorus and Beach Blanket Babylon have merged their talents to create “Snow White & Her Merry Men” and hear some of the music from the show … and about some of the highlights of “Studio 11.” Eric Jansen hosts. (Broadcast 7pm PDT Thursday, March 21, 2013, on 91.7 FM Bay Area / www.KALW.org globally.)
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Photo by: Kasey L. Ross