Hear why SF Classical Voice says BARS' "earnestness in music-making is truly a breath of fresh air in the classical music scene." (Rebecca Liao, SFCV)

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS' LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.

June 9, 2018 8 p.m.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St at Van Ness, SF 94102 (Map)(Tickets)
 

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms,
Music Director

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesDawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesTchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBernstein – Trouble in Tahiti

 

Renée Rapier, Dinah

Eugene Brancoveanu, Sam

Heidi Moss, soprano

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBradley Kynard, baritone

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesAndres Ramirez, tenor

 


These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.
 
 
About Trouble in Tahiti:
 
Leonard Bernstein was on his honeymoon in 1951 when he began composing his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, a candid portrait of the troubled marriage of a suburban couple. Written between his biggest Broadway successes — On the Town in 1944 and Candide and West Side Story in 1956 and 1957, respectively — Trouble in Tahiti draws upon popular songs styles to deliver an uncompromising critique of post-war American materialism.
 
The opera begins with a vocal trio singing of idyllic middle-class life in 1950s suburbia. Their close harmonies, jazz rhythms and idealized representation of American life are evocative of radio commercials of the era. Throughout the 45-minute opera, the Trio functions as a contemporary Greek chorus, providing satirical commentary to the drama. The opera focuses in on the domestic conflict of Sam and Dinah, a young couple married for 10 years.

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April 28, 2018 8 p.m.

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF 94102 (Map)(Tickets)


 
 

Little Stars Trio

Little Stars Trio

Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms,
Music Director

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesDawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesRavel - Mother Goose Suite

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesJune Bonacich – Concerto for String Trio

Little Stars Trio: Dustin, Starla, and Valery Breshears

 

Dvorak – Symphony No. 8

 


These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.
 
Watch the trio on
NBC TV’s Little Big Shots Season Premier
with host, Steve Harvey
Sunday March 18th at 7/6C

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March 3, 2018 8pm – Tenth Anniversary Concert

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF 94102 (Map)(Tickets)



 

Patricia Racette, soprano

Patricia Racette, soprano Photo: Devon Cass

Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms,
Music Director

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesDawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor

 

Mahler - Symphony No. 1

 

Highlights from Showboat

 

Piaf medley
 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPatricia Racette, Soprano

 


Celebrating 10 years of music making, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) will mark this milestone with a gala concert featuring renowned soprano and San Francisco favorite, Patricia Racette, who has appeared in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world. Professionally, she came out as a lesbian in the cover article of Opera News in 2002 and makes her primary home in Santa Fe with her wife, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton. While best known for her extensive work in opera, Patricia’s first love was jazz and cabaret, to which she returned in her album Diva on Detour. With BARS, she will revisit that first love with selections ranging from Jerome Kern to the most beloved tunes of Edith Piaf. Please join us for this anniversary celebration not to be missed!
 

A portion of the proceeds of this concert will benefit the Trevor Project.



 
 
 
 
 

These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.

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December 16, 2017 8pm + December 17 at 2pm

Taube Atrium at the Wilsey Center, 401 Van Ness (top floor), SF 9410 (Map)(Tickets)

 
The Saturday night 8pm concert is sold out. A limited number of seats will be available on a 1st come 1st served basis, but there is no guarantee of admission and no standing room seats.  
There are tickets available for the Sunday 2pm concert.
 

Roger Woodward, piano

Roger Woodward, piano

Cyrus Ginwala, guest conductor

Cyrus Ginwala, guest conductor

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesCyrus Ginwala, guest conductor

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesCopland Outdoor Overture

 

ProkofievPiano Concerto No. 3

Roger Woodward, piano

 

ShostakovichSymphony No. 5

 

These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.

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October 14, 2017 8:00 p.m. Season Opening Concert

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St at Van Ness, SF 94102 (Map)(Tickets)

 

Julie Adams, soprano

Julie Adams, soprano

 

Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms,
Music Director

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesDawn Harms, Music Director & Conductor

 

Brahms – Academic Festival Overture

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBarber- Knoxville: Summer of 1915

 

Carlisle Floyd – “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Susannah

 

Julie Adams, soprano

 

Amy Beach – Gaelic Symphony

These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

Amy Beach, composer

Amy Beach, 150th Anniversary

 

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPart of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series, which strives to redefine perceptions of LGBTQ music and increase awareness of the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of fellow LGBTQ individuals and groups.

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Dawn Harms,  Music Director

Dawn Harms, Music Director

October 14, 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Brahms – Academic Festival Overture

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBarber – Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Floyd – “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Susannah

Julie Adams, soprano

Amy Beach – Gaelic Symphony

 

December 16, 2017 Wilsey Center, Taube Atrium (401 Van Ness, SF)

w/Guest Conductor Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesCyrus Ginwala

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesCopland – Outdoor Overture

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3

Roger Woodward, piano

Shostakovitch – Symphony No. 5

 

March 3, 2018 Herbst Theatre

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesPatricia Racette

soloist program TBA

 

April 28, 2018 Herbst Theatre

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesRavel – Mother Goose suite

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesJune Bonacich – The Moons of Neptune

Breshears family “Little Stars” (soloists appear on NBC’s Little Big Shots in March, 2018)


June 9, 2018 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Elfrida Andree – Movement from Freitof’s Suite

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesTchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesBernstein – Trouble in Tahiti


These events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund

 

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