San Francisco Girls Chorus presents legendary American folk-jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, alongside SFGC’s Premier Ensemble, at the Bayview Opera House, to perform excerpts from McFerrin’s groundbreaking 1997 Sony Classical album Circlesongs. The program also includes the world premiere of Theresa Wong’s In Stillness I Sing, performed by Sarah Cahill and SFGC, and two previous SFGC commissions by Pamela Z and Tania León.
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director & Conductor
With special guests:
Bobby McFerrin, vocalist, conductor, and SFGC Artist-in-Residence
Theresa Wong, composer
Sarah Cahill, piano
Bobby McFerrin: Excerpts from Circlesongs
Bobby McFerrin: Say Ladeo composed by Rosler/McFerrin/Treece
Bobby McFerrin: The 23rd Psalm (arrangement)
Theresa Wong: In Stillness I Sing (world premiere SFGC commission)
Pamela Z: Pen Pal (SFGC commission)
Tania León: Rimas Tropicales (SFGC commission)
The San Francisco Girls Chorus season continues with a special guest appearance by SFGC 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence and legendary American folk-jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Presented at the Bayview Opera House, the centerpiece of the program will be a presentation of excerpts from McFerrin’s groundbreaking 1997 Sony Classical album Circlesongs. The program will also feature the world premiere of In Stillness I Sing, an SFGC commission by Theresa Wong featuring collaborator and pianist Sarah Cahill that sets to words text written by Premier Ensemble members about their experiences during the pandemic. Completing the program is McFerrin’s much loved The 23rd Psalm, an interpretation from the Biblical passage arranged for chorus and dedicated to his mother, an arrangement of Say Ladeo from McFerrin’s 1990 album VOCAbuLarieS, and two previous SFGC commissions, Penpal by 2019-2020 Rome Prize winner Pamela Z and Timas tropicales by 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León.
– All audience members must be fully vaccinated or present a negative antigen COVID test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time
– All audience members must wear a mask at all times