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Anniversary Gala and Reception

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Sunset Music | Arts, invites you to celebrate its first anniversary in a gala concert featuring soloists from the San Francisco Opera Chorus, accompanied by Ian Robertson, chorus master and conductor of the  San Francisco Opera and artistic director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. The program will include favorites from opera and Broadway shows. A festive reception follows the concert.

Date & Time: Sunday August, 9 at 4 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Tickets: $30 General, $25 Seniors and Students
Buy tickets online here.

Program

Selections from Porgy and Bess  (G. Gershwin) 
Summer Time
A Woman is a sometime thing
Bess, you is my woman now

Selections from West Side Story (L. Bernstein)                        
Maria
Tonight
Make of our Hearts one Heart  

Selections from The Secret Garden (L. Simon)      
Lily’s Eyes  
How could I ever know

Just for a thrill                   Lil Hardon Armstrong and Don Raye, arr. Isbell
Speak Low                        Kurt Weill
What a Joy                       Die Fledermaus  (J. Strauss)
Ah, My Darling                  The Bartered  Bride (B. Smetana)
Nobles Seigneurs               Les Huguenots (G. Meyerbeer)
Brindisi (Libiamo)               La Traviata (G. Verdi)

Donations

Please consider making a donation to celebrate this special occasion. All donations are fully tax deductible. Donations received by July 15, 2015 will be listed in our special commemorative booklet. Suggested donation levels:
Friend: $1 –  $99
Supporter: $100 – $249
Benefactor: $250 – $499
Patron: $500 or above

Please make checks payable to Incarnation Episcopal Church and mail it to:
Incarnation Episcopal Church / Sunset Music | Arts
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.

The Artists

VirginiaPluthVirginia Pluth (soprano), is celebrating her 27th year as a full-time chorister with the San Francisco Opera, during such time has sung various roles including: 1st Priestess in Iphiginie en Tauride; First Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier; Civil Rights Quartet (role debut) in Appomattox; Archangel in Maid of Orleans; Madrigalist in Manon Lescaut; Lolette in La Rondine; Suzanne in Louise; Sarah in The Ballad of Baby Doe; Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking (role debut); Cretan Woman in Idomeneo; Sister Osmina in Suor Angelica; Lace Seller in Death in Venice; Maidservant in the Tsar’s Bride; Bridesmaid in Marriage of Figaro; The Cousin in Madama Butterfly; Handmaiden in Turandot; Turkish Woman in Abduction of the Seraglio; a Guest in the Merry Widow and the soprano voice in Peter Grimes, Damnation of Faust and Doktor Faust. Virginia’s other roles with various regional companies include: Cenerentola, Fiordiligi and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte; Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro; Micaela in Carmen and Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor, among others. Concert work include: Wesendonck Lieder by Wagner; Stabat Mater by Poulenc; The Messiah; The Creation and Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore. Virginia had the privilege to sing with Sally Munro in the Capriccio Quartet for over 10 years offering both opera and Broadway repertoire.

SallyPorterMunro_photo_jpegSally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano) is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. While living in England she sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe. She also performed with the BBC Singers on radio and television. She relocated to New York City to continue her studies. Since moving to San Francisco, Ms. Munro has sung as a soloist with Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Lake Tahoe Festival. Ms. Munro has performed as a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, Master Works Chorale, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is a full time member of The San Francisco Opera Chorus and has covered and sung a number of small roles. She enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers and has performed premiers by Thomas Ades, Ian Venables, Allen Shearer, David Irving, Marge Wheeler, and Peter Dyson. Ms. Munro teaches singing and the Alexander Technique and was a faculty member of the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus for twenty years. Since two years, she has been a faculty member of The Young Women’s Choral Project.

RichardWalkerRichard Walker (tenor) has had a versatile career of over 100 opera and oratorio roles throughout the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and former member of the Netherlands Opera Studio in Amsterdam, he has worked with such notable conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Edo de Waart, Lucas Foss, Kent Nagano and Valerie Gergiev. A member of the San Francisco Opera chorus since 1991, Mr. Walker has also appeared with the opera in such roles as Colonel Parker in the world premiere of Phillip Glass’ Appomattox, the First Philistine in Samson, the First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Megaros in Doctor Faust, Giuseppe in La Traviata, the Royal Herald in Don Carlos, Senor Lopez in Betrothal in a Monestary, Bushy in The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde, Eisslinger in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the Messenger in Aida, the First Student and Animal Trainer in Der Rosenkavalier and the Young Soldier in King Priam.

A frequent performer throughout the Bay Area, his most recent credits include Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Belmonte from The Abduction from the Seraglio, Rinuccio from Gianni Schicchi and the title roles in Faust and The Tales of Hoffmann. Mr. Walker also maintains a busy concert schedule that has most recently included Stavinsky’s Persephone with the Berkeley Symphony, Henze’s Kamermusik 1958 with the San Francisco Contemporary Players, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the Passions of St. Matthew and St. John, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Haydn’s Creation, and the Requiems of Verdi and Mozart, among others. Mr. Walker has also recorded Warlock’s The Curlew for VARA Radio in Hilversum, The Netherlands with the Alexander String Quartet.

F-MATTHEWSFrederick Matthews (baritone) has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his appearances on the operatic and concert stages.  International recognition came while on tour singing the role of “Jake” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, when it was reported that he “projected evenly balanced singing and left an exquisite stage impression.” (Neue Presse – Augsburg, Germany) Now residing in the Bay Area, he has been seen in a variety of solo and bit parts with the San Francisco Opera. During the San Francisco Opera’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, he covered the role of “Fasolt” in Das Rheingold. He also sang the role of “The Corporal” opposite Kathleen Battle and Frank Lopardo in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. Of this performance a reviewer wrote, “Frederick Matthews magnetized attention…and was particularly affable as The Corporal.” He has also appeared in a variety of roles with the Las Vegas Opera, Marin Opera, and the Sacramento Opera. With Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa, California, he sang the role of “Fiorello” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opposite Judith Forst and Pablo Elvira. The Los Angeles Times described his performance as “strikingly mellifluous.” During the 1998 San Francisco Opera Season, he sang the role of “Ein Diener” in Berg’s LULU, and “The Official Registrar” in Madama Butterfly by Puccini. He was also heard as the “Fifth Inmate” in the World Premiere of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, as well as a “Marschallin Lackey” in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Mr. Matthews is also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary entitled: In the Shadow of the Stars,  produced by Light-Saraf Films and now available on videocassette.  Mr. Matthews is also the music teacher for kindergarten through fifth grades at Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael, California.

Ian Robertson has been chorus director and conductor with San Francisco Opera since 1987, having prepared more than 350 productions for the Company. He was awarded the Olivier Messiaen Foundation Prize in 2003 for his artistic contribution to the preparation of the Companyʼs North American premiere of Saint François dʼAssise. Robertson made his San Francisco Opera conducting debut with Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and has since led performances of Falstaff, Lohengrin, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Turandot, Il Trovatore, and La Bohème. He has led the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in many concerts, and he has conducted Così fan tutte and La Périchole for San Francisco Opera Center and frequently led Merola Opera Programʼs Grand Finale concerts. Other North American opera credits include productions with Sarasota Opera, Edmonton Opera, and Philadelphiaʼs Curtis Opera Theatre. Before joining San Francisco Opera, Robertson was head of music and chorus director with Scottish Opera, where he led numerous productions, including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Pearl Fishers, The Secret of Susanna, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

The Scotland native trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the University of Glasgow; he studied conducting under Scotland’s revered conductor, Sir Alexander Gibson. Robertson is also the artistic director of the San Francisco Festival Chorale, which performs regularly at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and locally in the Bay Area.

Maestro Robertson has also been Artistic Director with the San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) since 1996 and has been responsible for the group’s phenomenal growth and artistic renaissance as one of the nation’s premiere youth choral performance and educational organizations. He has led the SFBC on numerous international tours and conducted them at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. He has led the boys in their several acclaimed recording projects and has continued to enhance the collaborative reputation of the SFBC with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony and many other Bay Area music groups.

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