Over the weekend we rolled out our "Romantic Chanticleer" program, which included the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' "The Lotus Lovers" and pieces by Lesur, Whitacre, Strauss and Mahler. A nice program for a rainy weekend - yes, apparently, now it DO rain in California in the summertime... A huge busload of sophomores, juniors and seniors from Bismarck High School in North Dakota came for the Friday concert at the San Francisco Conservatory - our home hall. We are really sorry to hear about their flooding back home.
We repeated "Romantic Chanticleer" in Berkeley on Saturday and then in Saint Francis in Sacramento on Sunday.
Tomorrow night Santa Clara - then Chorus America arrives in town - all 400+ choral people from all over the country. We're the co-host of the conference. We'll do the opening concert on Wednesday night and a Community Sing for one and all on Saturday. We'll finish the "Romantic Chanticleer" run on Sunday back in S.F. and then it's Chanticleer in Sonoma with 60 of our nearest and dearest fellow choral singers from around the country.