Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Announces 2016–17 Season

This is very close to the last minute; but the 2016–17 season of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) begins this weekend. For those not yet familiar with the ensemble, it was “born” on October 21, 2007 when five Bay Area musicians met “to form a new type of LGBTQ [Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual Queer] ensemble;” and the group’s name was decided at that meeting. The first concert was presented under the auspices of the Old First Concerts series on June 8, 2008 after three months of rehearsing for which Old First Presbyterian Church provided space. BARS now uses a rainbow icon on their concert announcements to identify LGBTQ composers and performing artists.

There will be four concerts in the 2016–17 season, three of which will be conducted by Music Director Dawn Harms. All performances will take place on Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; but the season will be a “movable feast” involving three different venues. Not all programming has been finalized. However, here is the information that is currently available:

September 3, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Camille Saint-Saëns, first cello concerto (Opus 33 in A minor) with soloist Emil Miland
Edward Elgar, Sea Pictures, with mezzo soloist Jill Grove
Johannes Brahms, fourth symphony (Opus 98 in E minor)

November 5, Everett Middle School
Alasdair Neale, guest conductor
Benjamin Britten, the four Sea Interludes (Opus 33a) from the opera Peter Grimes (Opus 33)
Aaron Copland, clarinet concerto with soloist Stephen Zielinski
Samuel Barber, Medea

March 11, Herbst Theatre
Louise Farrenc, Overture in E-flat major (Opus 24)
Serge Koussevitzky, bass concerto in F-sharp minor (Opus 3) with soloist Gary Karr
Niccolò Paganini, Moses Fantasy
Jean Sibelius, sixth symphony (Opus 104 in D minor)

June 17, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Melody Moore, soprano, to be featured in all selections but the last
Samuel Barber, Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Carlisle Floyd, Ain’t It A Pretty Night from the opera Susannah
Morten Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium
Laura Karpman, Siren Songs
Maurice Ravel, Bolero

Prices for single tickets range between $10 and $35. Single tickets for all performances except for the one on March 11 are currently available through a single Tix event page on the BARS Web site. Those who purchase all three tickets at the same price tier will receive a 20% discount and a waiver of all service fees. The concert at Herbst Theatre will be handled by City Box Office, and the event page has not yet been created.

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