San Francisco Academy Orchestra Music Director Andrei Gorbatenko announced the orchestra's 2011-2012 season today, which will open on October 28th with Grammy(r) winning conductor Kent Nagano in a gala performance celebrating composer Alden Gilchrist's 60-year tenure as music director of San Francisco's historic Calvary Presbyterian Church. The event, hosted by Calvary and made possible by a generous grant from the Calvary Foundation, will include many of Gilchrist's long-term colleagues and feature sacred music from Monteverdi to Gilchrist's award-winning Cantata of 1954.
The season will also include the third annual Sing-it-Yourself Messiah with a preparatory workshop the day before, the Chamber Music Showcase that annually raises funds for local humanitarian causes, and concerti featuring guest soloists Dan Carlson, Joy Fellows, and Amos Yang.
This season also marks the launch of Academy Live, an HD video series featuring select San Francisco Academy Orchestra performances. Available for free on the Orchestra's YouTube channel, Academy Live provides a way for music enthusiasts to watch, listen, and share Academy Orchestra performances worldwide.
Founded in 2000, the San Francisco Academy Orchestra mission is to promote, present and preserve the art of musical performance as a vital form of human expression. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Classical Voice as venerable and simply amazing, the orchestra is dedicated to offering young professionals and conservatory graduates the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony.