Twelve free community events throughout San Francisco culminate with community concert in the Rotunda at City Hall
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 7, 2016) — Several hundred seniors from Community Music Center’s (CMC) Older Adult Choir Program are getting into the holiday spirit this year, hosting twelve concerts throughout San Francisco, bringing joy to revelers young and old. The free concert performances, open to the public, will take place at community centers and other venues throughout December, culminating with a special performance under the Rotunda at City Hall.
“We are excited to share this wonderful program and bring the joy of holidays into the lives of so many through these special musical performances,” said Chris Borg, executive director, Community Music Center. “There is a lot of excitement building as the choirs have been practicing for the past few months and they are looking forward to performing in their communities.”
The concerts, led by CMC choir directors, will feature favorite holiday songs as well music that represents the cultures and diversity of the choir members and their communities, including gospel, jazz, Latin American, show tunes, folk songs, oldies and Americana, among others.
CMC’s Older Choir Program brings the many personal, social, and quality of life benefits of making music to hundreds of seniors in the city each week. The program began five years ago when CMC began partnering with senior centers to provide music opportunities for older adults. It has grown to include eleven choirs as choirs have cycled out of the Community of Voices research study, a three way partnership between UCSF, Community Music Center and the Department of Aging and Adult Services. The choirs are active in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, serving a diversity of communities.
The CMC Older Adult Choir Program is free for any older adult ages 55 and up, regardless of musical background or experience. The choirs provide a unique way for seniors to learn about singing, form new friendships, perform in community concerts, and improve their quality of life.
CMC is one of the oldest and largest community arts organizations on the West Coast making high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of financial means for 95 years. In 2015, more than 2,400 students studied music at CMC in a wide array of programs, classes, workshops, and community events. Thousands more attended free concerts, performances by acclaimed visiting artists, instrument “petting zoos,” and many other events. CMC offers lessons on over 30 instruments to its students, who range in age from infants to nearly 100 years old. Learn more about CMC at www.sfcmc.org and follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
CMC Older Adult Choir Program Holiday Concert Schedule
Thursday, December 8
1:30-3:00 pm, CMC Aquatic Park Older Adult Choir, AP Senior Center, 890 Beach St.
2:00-2:30 pm, Coro CMC del Centro Latino de San Francisco, Vincentian Village, 1825 Mission Street
Friday, December 9
1:00-2:00 pm, CMC Solera Singers of Mission Neighborhood Center, Mission Neighborhood Ctr, 165 Capp St.
Monday, December 12
10:30-11:00 am, CMC 30th Street Chorus of 30th Street Senior Center, 225 30th Street
2:00-2:30 pm, CMC Bernal Heights Older Adult Choir, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Ctr., 515 Cortland Ave.
Tuesday, December 13
1:00-2:00 pm, CMC Older Adult Choir at Richmond Senior Center, Richmond Senior Center, 6221 Geary Blvd.
2:00-2:30 pm, CMC Older Adult Choir at Castro Senior Center, Castro Senior Center, 110 Diamond St.
Wednesday, December 14
2:30-3:00 pm, CMC Bayview Older Adult Choir, Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll Ave.
Thursday, December 15
1:00-1:30 pm, Coro CMC del Centro Latino de San Francisco, Centro Latino de San Francisco, 1656 15th Street
Friday, December 16
12:30-1:00pm, CMC OMI Senior Center Choir, Concert for OMI Senior Center, 65 Beverly Street
Monday, December 19
Noon-1:00pm, CMC Aquatic Park Older Adult Choir, Celebrate the Holidays in San Francisco, City Hall Rotunda
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