Release date: 11/10/2021
Concerts Will Honor Ian Robertson's 35 Seasons as Chorus Director and Feature a Newly Commissioned Work by Composer Cava Menzies
**Extremely Limited Availability; For Ticket Inquires, Please Call San Francsico Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330
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The San Francisco Opera Chorus will command the spotlight in the intimate Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater for San Francisco Opera Chorus In Concert: Celebrating Ian Robertson on Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 12 at 2 pm. The concerts will be conducted by Chorus Director Ian Robertson, who retires at the end of this year, capping a career of 35 seasons, 375 productions and over 2,000 performances at the helm of the Company’s acclaimed Opera Chorus. Both concerts have extremely limited ticket availability; to inquire about tickets, please call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330.
In recognition of the musical excellence Robertson has brought to San Francisco Opera throughout his tenure, the Company commissioned Oakland-based composer Cava Menzies to create a new work in honor of Maestro Robertson for these concerts. Along with the world premiere of Menzies’ “Invitation to Love,” a choral setting of a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robertson will conduct the 44 singers of the Opera Chorus, with Associate Chorus Master Fabrizio Corona at the piano, in a diverse program of works.
Ian Robertson said: “I'm so thrilled to conduct the wonderful San Francisco Opera Chorus in these concerts marking the end of my tenure as Chorus Director. We will present an eclectic program of opera chorus highlights, seldom performed works and contemporary choral music, including the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece. I have long admired the talents and flexibility of our Chorus artists, and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate them and our work together in this way.”
An annual event since 2016, except 2020 due to the pandemic, San Francisco Opera Chorus In Concert showcases the Company’s choral forces in an array of music, from a cappella pieces to accompanied works drawn from the opera and choral repertories. This year’s celebratory event includes many of Robertson’s favorites, including choruses from operas by Bernstein, Donizetti, Handel, Higdon, Joplin, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, and Verdi, along with sacred works by Charpentier and J.S. Bach and choral arrangements and works by Canteloube, Ravel, Cava Menzies, Florence Price, Kate Rusby and Joan Szymko.
*For the complete press release, including full program, please view the attached PDF.