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Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Story by Mike Rowan
Chorus America, December 14, 2017

… some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues … Joyce Keil: [our singers] were very courageous and willing to just go for it … my singers are from a diverse population. It’s really moving to them when we include repertoire from their culture. Full article

Ragazzi Beats the Holiday Rush with an Ecumenical Program

Story by Janos Gereben, photo by David Allen
San Francisco Classical Voice, November 7, 2017

… Ragazzi doesn’t rely on traditional Christmas fare alone. No, when Ragazzi presents “Ubi Caritas: Where There Is Love,” the sky is the limit on variety and inclusion … famous far and wide, [Ragazzi] … Chorus members reflect the same ethnic/national variety that they present at these concerts, including a Hindu devotional song, A.R. Rahman’s “Zikr,” a Muslim chant, Michael John Trotta’s version of the ancient chant, “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” contemporary works by Paul Halley, and much more. Full article

Ragazzi Boys Chorus always a good show

Story by David Bratman
The San Mateo Daily Journal, December 8, 2017

… we heard everything from boy sopranos through to young mature men’s voices, often in combination to make a multi-layered treat … The five settings of “Ubi Caritas,” scattered throughout the program, were all beautiful and grew increasingly interesting as they went along … The concert ended with all the Ragazzi groups gathered together to perform the Canadian composer Paul Halley’s fantastically complex setting, incorporating African chant (Yoruba and Egyptian) in counterpoint to the Gregorian hymn, with African hand drums joining the piano in accompaniment. It was a glorious conclusion. Full article

Friends Make Beautiful Music on Symphony Stage

Story by Sarah Griego Guz, photo by Jamie Soja
Half Moon Bay Review, October 25, 2017

… After the last note was sung and the glitter of the bright lights faded, the compelling story of how two boys from a small coastal town defied all odds and found themselves together at theSan Francisco Symphony remained.  Full article

Symphony Swings and Sings with Bernstein

Story by Joshua Kosman, photos by Stefan Cohen
San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2017

… Friday’s performance was nothing if not alluring — vigorous but soft-grained in the opening movement with its ever-so-slightly irregular rhythms, and impossibly lush in the warm-toned finale, which also featured gorgeous contributions from cellists Peter Wyrick, Barbara Bogatin, Barbara Andres and Carolyn McIntosh … In the tender middle movement, [Ragazzi Boys Chorus] boy soprano Nicholas Hu floated a solo line as pure and clear as a millstream. Full article

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus-Voices Like None Other

Story and photos by Diane Andrews
Santa Clara Weekly, April 2017

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus, which debuted in Carnegie Hall in 2014, presented its spring concert, “Gloria,” at Mission Santa Clara on March 25, under the artistic direction of Joyce Keil and associate director Kent Jue. “Gloria” was performed by almost 70 Bay Area boys ages seven to 18, who sang like professionals in an astounding seven languages.

“I’m pretty passionate about all-boy choirs,” said Keil, who co-founded the chorus 30 years ago in 1987 because of the dearth of choral opportunities for boys. “Getting boys and men to sing is always a problem. There is a stigma that singing is for girls, so boys get the short shrift.” Full article

The SFCV Holiday Music and Event Guide, 2016 (A Little Fa la la la la for Everyone)

Story by Michael Zweiback
San Francisco Classical Voice, November 15, 2016

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: In the Company of Angels (Dec. 3, 4, 11): There are several top-drawer children’s choirs in the Bay Area, and if you think they mainly sell tickets to family members, guess again. Peninsula-based Ragazzi is doing three performances (Palo Alto, Burlingame, San Francisco), and they will be singing challenging works by Benjamin Britten and James MacMillan, as well as Stephen Paulus’ Hymn to the Eternal Flame. And then, a carol fest, with audience participation. Full article

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Young beginners perform on the big stage

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