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SFGC Presents: Songs from the Archipelago

  • Herbst Theater 401 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Herbst Theater

Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
Matthew Welch, Composer
Florante Aguilar, Guitar
Patti Kilroy, Violin
Levy Lorenzo, Percussion

Concluding the season is Songs from the Archipelago, a program that will explore the musical intersection of western classical and Filipino classical music. The centerpiece of the program will be a semi-staged preview of Tomorrow’s Memories, a brand new SFGC-commissioned choral-opera from American composer Matthew Welch. Scheduled for its world premiere during the 2020-2021 season, Tomorrow’s Memories is based on the 1924-1928 diary writings of Filipina immigrant Angeles Monrayo and highlights the importance of the Filipino diaspora’s cultural impact throughout the United States, particularly in the Bay Area. Alongside Tomorrow’s Memories, the chorus will perform a selection of works composed in the western classical style but drawing heavily on folk songs of, and using instruments from, the Philippines. Featured guest artists for this program include guitarist Florante Aguilar, violinist Patti Kilroy and percussionist Levy Lorenzo.

Matthew Welch Composer,  Tomorrow’s Memories

Matthew Welch
Composer, Tomorrow’s Memories


Mathew Welch Tomorrow’s Memories (preview)
NIlo Alcala Dayo Dayo Kupita

Additional repertoire to be announced.

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