Pacific Boychoir, Anthony Russell & Eliana Kissner
The Pacific Boychoir is the only boys' chorus in Oakland, California, USA. The chorus was formed in 1998 with 6 boys, and it now includes more than 175 singers from ages 4 to 18. The New York Times said the PBA goes "beyond the reach of most youth choirs" and the Los Angeles Times described the PBA quality of sound and musicianship as "astonishing."
The PBA has appeared frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, performing under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, David Robertson, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, and Vance George, performing works by Britten, Orff, Wagner, Mahler, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Berlioz. Along with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the PBA recorded Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the SFS, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album in 2004. In January 2010, the San Francisco Symphony recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, featuring the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the PBA, was awarded Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album.
Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell, an African-American classical singer of opera and lieder, has embarked on a recital project of research, performance and engagement with Yiddish art song. Mr. Russell, bass, has sung with various opera companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and the New York Metro area over the past ten years. He made his professional début with the San Francisco Opera Company in the role of A Freed Slave in the world premiere of Philip Glass's opera Appomattox. Anthony studies voice privately and coaches Yiddish repertoire with Chaim Freiberg. Being an African-American by birth and a Jew by choice, the Yiddish recital repertoire provides a unique potential for Mr. Russell as an artist to actively embody the aspirations, desires and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with the color and experience of another.
Eliana Kissner: Lead singer of HALLA, Jewish Middle Eastern ensemble and currently working on an album of original music.
Congregation Netivot Shalom (View)
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Berkeley, CA 94702
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