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CityNotes for Tuesday, March 7

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Subject: CityNotes for Tuesday, March 7
From: CityNotes <Citynotes@ccsf.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:21:28 +0000

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1. Quartet slated to reveal secrets of great ensemble singing - March 7
2. International Women's Day in the Cafeteria on March 8
3. Faculty to perform at local concert on March 11 featuring Gary Karr, international bass soloist  

1. Quartet slated to reveal secrets of great ensemble singing - March 7

Tuesday, March 7
11:00am - 12:00pm
CCSF Ocean Campus, A-133

A vocal quartet will offer a program at the CCSF Ocean campus on Tuesday, March 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm in A-133 (Creative Arts building). This lively and dramatic quartet of singers from the Philharmonia Chorale—consisting of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone—will perform a variety of popular early repertoire from the Baroque period, demonstrating what it takes to deliver ensemble singing at its best. The Chorale, a professional vocal ensemble, collaborates regularly with the celebrated Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, based in San Francisco. 

The quartet will be supported by Chorale director/harpsichordist Bruce Lamott and a continuo cello. All music lovers are welcome to attend this special free program, whether you are a singer or not. (Do share this information with your students.)

Questions? Please contact the Music Department at 415-452-7244.

2. International Women's Day in the Cafeteria on March 8

From Carol H. Reitan, Ph.D., Chair of the Foreign Languages Department

If you follow national politics, no matter whose side you're on, you probably know that it is a good time to learn some Russian! Did you know that Russians celebrate International Women's Day the way we celebrate Valentine's and Mother's Day? Join us on Wednesday, March 8 at lunch time in the Smith Hall Cafeteria. It is a non-partisan event - as is ours! (In conjunction with Women's Studies.)  

Tell your students! Come find out more and meet our awesome Russian instructors on Wednesday, March 8 from 12-1:30 in the Smith Hall Cafeteria. There will be borscht provided by our incredible culinary students. Have a taste of Russia and celebrate International Women's Day. 

3. Faculty to perform at local concert on March 11 featuring Gary Karr, international bass soloist

The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) will perform a special concert at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. One special feature of this concert is the participation of one of the world’s foremost double bass soloists, Gary Karr, who will be performing virtuoso works by Paganini and Koussevitzky with the orchestra.

Other symphonic works on the program are the Concert-Ouverture in D by Elfrida Andrée, Swedish composer and organist, and Symphony no. 5, op. 82 in E-flat by Jean Sibelius. Two members of the City College faculty are BARS members who will also be performing in the concert. They are violinist Mark Hodgson, Pastry Chef Instructor in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies program, and violist Harry Bernstein, Instructor in the Music and Older Adults Departments.  

Gary Karr was once described by Time magazine as "the world's greatest bassist." Discovered by Leonard Bernstein, he debuted at age 19 with the New York Philharmonic. He has enjoyed an international solo career since 1961, though these days he devotes himself more to preparing recordings in his home studio in Victoria, B.C. than performing. 

To whet your appetite, here are a few youtube links to some Gary Karr performances, including an excerpt from the Koussevitky Concerto as played by a younger Gary Karr, and a short but brilliant Scherzo:

1)  Serge Koussevitzky, Double Bass concerto, op. 3, movement 1, played by a younger Gary Karr


2)  ‪Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional‬, Lisbon in 2013 


3)  ‪Gary Karr - "Scherzo" - Van Goens‬ (short encore)


Tickets range from $10 (students) to $25. For tickets and further information, please visit http://www.bars-sf.org

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Dawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, at McAllister Street

Niccolò Paganini – Moses Fantasy for Bass and Orchestra
Serge Koussevitzky – Concerto for Bass, op. 3
   Gary Karr, double bass

Elfrida Andrée – Concert-Ouverture in D (1873)
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 in E-flat, op. 82