Joana Carneiro Conducts World Premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Santos Friday 3rd May


Joana Carneiro; photo credit: Gulbenkian FCG/Rodrigo Souza

Joana Carneiro will conduct members of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Santos, an oratorio by San Francisco Girls Chorus Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank and Pulitzer Prize winning author Nilo Cruz on Friday, 3rd May.  Featuring soprano Jessica Rivera and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, the concert will take place at San Francisco’s Mission Dolores Basilica.

The SFGC writes, “The Old World and the New World, faith and fate, loyalty and heroism, conquest and colonialism are the themes of an evening-length work commissioned from Gabriela Lena Frank by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Inspired by prominent women in Latin American folk spirituality, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, Santos breaks new ground in choral music.”

Carneiro and Frank have been collaborators and friends since 2008, when the conductor was working with Esa-Pekka Salonen as an American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In an interview with San Francisco Classical Voice, Frank reflected on their first encounter saying, “The feeling I had was that if she were a string player, I would want to play chamber music with her,” says Frank. “We’re simpatico! We like the same things, and we like to dance music into life the same way. So we were artistic sisters before we realized that we liked each other personally, too. How often is that?”

The world premiere of Santos was made possible by Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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