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Gayatri Venkatesan (soprano) in concert

Date & Time: Saturday March 26, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Health and Safety

In accordance with health and safety guidelines from the City and County of San Francisco, a face covering is required for all concerts at Incarnation Episcopal church and must be worn at all times. Face masks must completely cover nose and mouth and have ear loops or similar to hold in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Please click here for full details.


  1. Sul fil d’un soffio etesio (Giuseppe Verdi)
  2. Instrumental selection*
  3. Mandoline (Gabrielle Faure)
  4. À Chloris (Reynaldo Hahn)
  5. Ouvre ton cœur (Georges Bizet)
  6. Instrumental selection*
  7. Sunset (Florence Price)
  8. Ah, Love, But a Day (Amy Beach)
  9. Come Ready and See Me (Richard Hundley)
  10. Instrumental selection*
  11. Mein Herr Marquis (Johann Strauss II)

    * Instrumental works to be announced

About the Artists


Gayatri Venkatesan, soprano, is a recent first place winner of the American Protege International Vocal Competition, and has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2022 as part of their winners concert. Some of her notable performances include Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Leila in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. She has also been in the chorus of Opera San Jose’s production of Mozart & Salieri, and Lamplighters Musical theater in their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. In addition to her operatic performances, Gayatri has found solid ground as the soprano soloist at Union Church of Cupertino, under the direction of Dr. Ross Hoksbergen. She has been featured in the chorus of Andrea Bocelli’s 2012 and 2018 concerts at the SAP center in San Jose. Her upcoming engagements include promotional concerts at the Equator Festival in London to advertise an upcoming asian-western cross-cultural opera based on the life of Noor, directed by Priti Paintal.

In addition to working as a Financial Analyst at Google, Gayatri runs a busy voice studio in the SF Bay Area. Her students have enjoyed lead roles in several community theater productions, and in addition, have received gold medals at the state and national level in the Royal Conservatory of Music annual examinations. Ms. Venkatesan is also active in the Royal Conservatory of Music and NATS communities.

TAIDE DING began his musical studies in Tokyo, Japan, and studied stateside under Dr. Ian Hominick, pupil of the late Earl Wild, during which he was named an MTNA National Finalist among other accolades. He holds a Certificate in Piano Performance from Stanford, having studied solo piano with Dr. Frederick Weldy and Dr. William Wellborn, as well as chamber and collaborative piano with Dr. George Barth and Laura Dahl. Taide is a recipient of the Carol and Peter Polk Music Award, the Blew-Culley-LaFollette Prize and the Butler Prize in Piano Performance, as well as a winner of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Stanford Mozart-Haydn Concerto Competition.

His menagerie of cherished performances with the Stanford musical community include Mozart’s 24th and 27th Piano Concertos with the Stanford Philharmonia, music from Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle with the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra, playing Papageno’s silver bells in Stanford Light Opera Company’s production of The Magic Flute, accompanying a recital of opera arias for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many more. Taide holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science from Stanford and currently works as a software engineer.

Diego Hernandez (Artistic Advisor) has since mid-2020 served as the first-ever Music Director of The Googler Orchestra, an all-volunteer orchestra composed of Google and Alphabet employees. Under his direction, the Orchestra has performed five concerts in various creative venues; undertaken four groundbreaking collaborations with other Google organizations, including the widely-attended Cloud Next conference; and produced three “virtual orchestra” videos featuring hundreds of remotely-working Googlers from around the world.

Diego’s conducting experience ranges from orchestral, choral, and wind ensembles to productions of opera and musical theater. He has conducted the Stanford Wind Symphony in concert on various occasions, including during its 2018 tour to Spain and Italy. He served as the Assistant Conductor of the Stanford Summer Symphony for three summers. He has music directed adaptations of Mozart operas with the Stanford Light Opera Company, assisted on productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Sondheim’s Into the Woods, served as co-producer of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra, and guest conducted the Stanford Saxophone Choir. At Google, Diego has conducted the Google Choir and is the founder and conductor of the Google Wind Ensemble.


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