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Jere Torkelsen, baritone and Sibel Demirmen, soprano

Date & Time: Fri. February 17, 7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
The program includes music by Purcell, Korngold, Debussy and songs from musicals ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘Kiss Me Kate,’ ‘The Music Man,’ and more. See below for details.

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Songs by HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695), realized by BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)

Sound the trumpet
Music for a while
I attempt from love’s sickness to fly
Man is for woman made
I’ll sail upon the dog-star
Lost is my quiet

Chasons de Jeunesse     CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)

Clair de lune

Fünf Lieder, op. 38 (1948)    ERICH KORNGOLD (1897-1957)

Der Kranke
Old Spanish Song
Old English Song
My mistress’ eyes

From Kiss Me, Kate   by   COLE PORTER

So in love
I hate men

September Song by   KURT WEILL
from Knickerbocker Holiday

Till there was you”  by MEREDITH WILSON
from The Music Man

I’ve grown accustomed to her face”   by   LERNER and LOEWE
from My Fair Lady

About the Artists


Jere Torkelsen has been a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus since 1987.  During his tenure he has performed many roles including, Gen. John Rawlins in Philip Glasses Appomattox, Melisso in Handel’s Alcina, The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, and The Journalist in Berg’s Lulu, among others. He has also appeared with other Bay Area opera companies as The Mother (Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Germont (La Traviata), Silvio (Pagliacci), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Count Almavia (The Marriage of Figaro), and the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann. His concert performances with orchestra recently include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem, Hayden’s Creation, Copland’s American Folk Songs, and Faure’s Requiem. He is also active in musical theater. Recent performances include Tony in The Most Happy Fella and Fred in Kiss Me Kate. He sang Firman and Bouquet in Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera while on the national tour.

Photo by Betsy Kershner, 2013.Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “superb singer” with a “crystalline voice,” Sibel Demirmen is a versatile soprano praised for her charming stage presence and colorful coloratura sound. She has sung with many Bay Area companies including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Townsend Opera Players, Berkeley Opera, West Marin Players, Ross Valley Players, Marin Musical Theatre Company, Marin Baroque, Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra, Thick Description, City Opera SF and is a member of Goat Hall Production’s The Kurt Weill Project.  Leading roles include Kate in Kiss me Kate, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, Josephine in H.M.S . Pinafore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Yum Yum in The Mikado, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Adina in Elixir of Love, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She debuted and recorded the role of Maria in David Conte’s opera America Tropical. On the concert stage she has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and The Choral Symphony Society of New York. Ms. Demirmen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music from Rice University.

paulgmccurdyheadshotPaul G. McCurdy is a teacher, coach, and pianist for Chabot College, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. He performs in recital regularly with instrumentalists and vocalists and works with a wide range of organizations, including A.C.T., the Hamlin School, Lamplighters, the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Solo Opera, Volti, and Woodminster Summer Musicals. He studied music at the University of Georgia and holds degrees in anthropology and German. In 2014 he recorded Mozart KLAR, an album of Mozart piano sonatas, available through iTunes and CDBaby.

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