Classical Music News of the Week, November 26, 2016
Golden Gate Symphony Presents “Sing It Yourself Messiah“
The Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus celebrates the holiday season with its annual “Sing It Yourself Messiah” on Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica and Sunday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. at Southern Pacific Brewery. Music Director Urs Leonhardt Steiner will also lead the chorus and audience members with piano accompaniment at the final performance on Monday, December 19, 8:00 p.m. at The Homestead.
These performances mark the Golden Gate Symphony’s 10th annual “Sing It Yourself Messiah,” offering audiences the opportunity to raise their voices in one of Handel’s most beloved choral works and continuing the organization’s mission of making classical music accessible and adventurous for all.
The “Sing It Yourself Messiah” is a longstanding tradition in the Bay Area. Created in 1979 by Milton Salkind (1916-1998), former President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, these performances were a holiday favorite at Davies Symphony Hall for over 25 years. As a student at the Conservatory during this time, Urs Leonhardt Steiner served as President of the Student Body and worked closely with President Salkind on a number of Conservatory programs designed to take classical music to the San Francisco community at large. After the Conservatory announced that they were discontinuing this popular tradition, Maestro Leonhardt Steiner reimagined and revived the “Sing It Yourself Messiah” in a fitting tribute to his mentor. Ten years later, the tradition now includes everything from a full orchestral and choral performance at the Mission Dolores Basilica, to a raucous singalong at two popular Mission bars, the Southern Pacific Brewery and the Homestead.
Golden Gate Symphony & Chorus: “Sing It Yourself Messiah”
Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, San Francisco
Sunday, December 18, 6:00 p.m., Southern Pacific Brewery, San Francisco
Monday, December 19, 8:00 p.m., The Homestead, San Francisco *chorus and piano reduction
Mission Dolores tickets available at www.cityboxoffice.com. Bar performances are open to the public, with limited seating and suggested donation of $20.
–Brenden Guy, Press and Media Relations