YWC performs with SF Symphony at SoundBox- Postponed to 2021
SoundBox, San Francisco
YWC sings on the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) groundbreaking SoundBox series, an experimental late-night live music series which is a laboratory for exploration of new musical ideas and immersive audience experiences, continuously pushing the envelope with adventurous programming and innovative design. Taking place in a backstage rehearsal space at Davies Symphony Hall, each performance is unique—encompassing shifting stage settings, art installations, projection screens, and unexpected elements. “SoundBox offers an alternative to the traditional concert hall experience. A Vegas-style nightclub with high-tech light and sound, video screens, and several stages has become San Francisco’s hottest venue for classical music” (Associated Press).
The final SoundBox program of the 2019-2020 season takes place April 24–25, curated by soprano Julia Bullock who performs in the program alongside members of the SF Symphony, pianist John Arida, and the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, with Christian Reif conducting. As San Francisco Symphony’s 2019–20 Artist-in-Residence, Bullock aims to illuminate the distinct voices of literary, visual, and musical artists, and bring attention to underrepresented composers. In curating this SoundBox program, Bullock pairs music by Nina Simone with klavier music by J.S. Bach and chants by Hildegard von Bingen; Blues songs for piano and voice by Alberta Hunter, Pat Castleton, Lovie Austin, Sonny White, and Maceo Pinkard with solo violin pieces by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson; and music by contemporaries Joséphine Baker and Françis Poulenc.
SoundBox accommodates approximately 500 people, some seated and some standing, offering an alternative to that of the traditional concert hall experience. The space is designed for general admission seating with banquettes, ottomans, barstools, café tables, and high-top cocktail tables. SoundBox has a full bar serving specialty cocktails and gourmet bar bites for enjoyment during the performances. Audience members can access more information on the works performed during each concert at sfsoundbox.com. The doors open at 8pm for each event, with the performance beginning at 9pm.