San Francisco Girls Chorus celebrates its 40-year history


For four decades now, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has pursued an important double mission. The group has trained several generations of young women in musicianship, artistry and discipline, and it has also provided Bay Area audiences with excellent public performances across a wide range of repertoire.

Both strands are worth celebrating, and this week’s 40th anniversary program promises to do it in style. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the chorus will pay tribute to the great French composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

The program includes music by her and her sister Lili Boulanger, as well as a few of the many American composers who found their way to a distinctive creative voice under her tutelage, including Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Tenor Nicholas Phan is the guest soloist.

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Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave. | 7:30 pm