OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) is delighted to announce a joint concert with the Great Wall Youth Orchestra of Laney College (GWYO) on May 17 in Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light at 7:30 pm. World music with voices and Chinese traditional instruments will be presented at this very special joint concert
About the program titled East Meets West, SFBC’s Artistic Director Ian Robertson says “It’s going to be a very exciting and colorful collaboration gathering our two groups to perform traditional Western music alongside the sounds of the Chinese ensembles. I couldn’t be happier that we are putting on this special concert in the glorious space of the Cathedral of Christ the Light and yes, the two groups will perform together in a special finale.”
SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS
The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) was founded in 1948 by Gaetano Merola and Madi Bacon to provide trained boy singers for the San Francisco Opera, and is today led by Artistic Director, Ian Robertson. Maestro Robertson, who also serves as Chorus Director for the San Francisco Opera, has since 1996 built SFBC to over 200 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael. The Chorus has performed for many luminaries, among them President Barack Obama at his inauguration in 2008. SFBC performs at numerous civic and private engagements in the Bay Area, including anthems for the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics, the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco Marathon, and at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration. For many years, PBS has broadcast SFBC’s holiday concert in four California television markets. SFBC has collaborated on performances with many organizations, including San Francisco Opera (over 135 productions to date), San Francisco Symphony (appearing with Paul Simon at the 2012 Black and White Ball), Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company, Copenhagen Boys Choir, and the San Francisco Ballet. SFBC has toured domestically and internationally to more than twenty countries including recent tours to Costa Rica, and to Denmark, Finland, and Russia where the choristers performed in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and in Copenhagen Cathedral. Recordings include It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2009), Vivaldi: Gloria and Magnificat (2010), Fauré Requiem and Messager (2010), San Francisco Boys Chorus Sings Live (2012) and most recently, Sing for the Holidays.
Great Wall Youth Orchestra
The Great Wall Youth Orchestra of Laney College (GWYO) is the first Chinese instrumental orchestra in a public school in the nation. It is supported by the non-profit Purple Silk Music Education Foundation (PSMEF). The mission of the PSMEF is to promote opportunities for children and youth of low-income families to receive music education from professional musicians and to instill in young people an appreciation of music from all cultures through instruction in traditional Chinese instruments. This year PSMEF is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Sherlyn Chew, artistic director and founder, has been the guiding the youth and leading performances at many local, state, national and international venues. Among the many performance tours, the GWYO performed at the White House, for a State Department meeting with Chinese diplomats. They were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and coverage by Associated Press, BBC radio, and The Washington Post; they were honored as a model for delivering music education and promoting cross-cultural understanding. They performed on the Sunrise Show in Hawaii and Get Up Today Oahu, at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Ala Moana Center Stage in Hawaii. They received the Creativity for Peace Award for a remarkable performance on the World Stage of the World Children’s Festival, from the International Children Art Foundation. They won first place at the Northern California "Music in the Park" competition; and won the Global Music Award. They were selected as the only youth orchestra in California to perform at the Statewide School Boards Conference. They have collaborated on performances with the Spring Thunder Orchestra, Los Angeles and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, director by Maestro Michael Morgan.