Thursday, July 15, 2010
Liza Dec 5th ~ SF Symphony announces new concerts for 2010-11 season
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced several new concerts for its 2010-11 season, including a rare Bay Area holiday concert by Liza Minnelli and her sextet Sunday, December 5. San Francisco Symphony Chorus concerts are highlights of the 2010 holiday season, including, new this year, ’Twas the Night holiday concerts with conductor Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, members of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, and organist Robert Huw Morgan on December 22, 23, and 24. The Orchestra will perform live musical accompaniment for the 1982 film The Snowman on December 18, and, for the first time since 2007, will offer four performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 15, 16, 17, and 19. Also performing are Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez December 12, and The Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Ruthie Foster December 19. Singers Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Oleta Adams, and Ben Vereen join the Orchestra in three Colors of Christmas concerts December 13, 14, and 15.
The San Francisco Symphony’s 99th season opens Tuesday, September 7 at 8 p.m. with the Opening Gala featuring Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Orchestra with special guest Jessye Norman performing Duke Ellington songs. Norman is joined by the SFS Chorus in Copland’s In the Beginning. MTT also leads the Orchestra in Ravel’sDaphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2, and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.
On December 5, in her only Bay Area appearance, the legendary Liza Minnelli will sing some of the greatest American standards and holiday favorites of all time at Davies Symphony Hall. She performs in an intimate sextet setting, accompanied by Billy Stritch. Minnelli’s new recording, Confessions, is set for a September 2010 release, and she’ll perform many of its songs at the Davies Symphony Hall concert. Minnelli has been touring with her sextet and performing with orchestras in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. She recently appeared in the film Sex and the City 2. Liza returned triumphantly to Broadway in 2008 with Liza’s at the Palace …, for which she won her fourth Tony Award. She recreated the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where her performance was filmed for a public television special and DVD. The show’s cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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