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SFCM Orchestra with Edwin Outwater featuring Nikola Printz, members of the SFCM Conservatory Chorus, SF Girls Chorus & SF Boys Chorus


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Edwin Outwater conducts the SFCM Orchestra featuring soloist Nikola Printz as they conclude the season with Mahler’s longest and biggest symphony. The San Francisco Girls Chorus and San Francisco Boys Chorus join in this monumental collaboration, with members of the SFCM Conservatory Chorus, to celebrate the end of the orchestra season.


Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 3
First part:
      I. Kräftig. Entschieden (Strong, robust. Firm, decisive)
Second Part:
     II. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig (Very moderate)
     III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast (Without haste)
     IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus Leise. (Very slow. Mysterious. Quiet throughout) 
     V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck (In a merry tempo)
     VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden (Slow. Peaceful. Expressive, Sentimental)

Get to know feautured solist Nikola Printz 

Nikola Printz is an artist recently hailed by SF Chronicle as “a gifted and inventive artist” for their spectacular Schwabacher Debut recital that kicked off the 2022 season for SF Opera to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. They most recently were seen as the titular roles of Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and Carmen as part of their 21/22 residency with Opera San Jose. Other recent titular role debuts include Orfeo ed Euridice (West Edge Opera) and Carmen (Opera Modesto), as well as Rosina, Cherubino, and Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. Nikola can be seen upcoming as the title role of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein with Pocket opera, Hannah after with Opera Steamboat as well as Oreste in Leonardo Vinci’s Astianatte.
Nikola is also an aerialist, training specifically in the Static and Dance trapeze medium—premiering a new act singing the final aria of Strauss’s Salome on a trapeze. Nikola was also seen at the Opera Modesto Gala in 2018 doing an original routine on dance trapeze singing Lehár’s “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß” with orchestra. Since then Nikola has cultivated several operatic aerial acts sung and performed live, such as Carmen’s “Habanera,” Dido’s Lament, and such art songs as Strauss’s “Morgen” and Libby Larsen’s “Cowboy Songs.”

During 2020, Nikola kept busy doing virtual and recording projects alike. They sang on Erling Wold's “A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil'', and  the role of Susan (“Miz Stacks”) in Lisa Mezzacappa’s new podcast opera, The Electronic Lover. Nikola also participated in the Banff Centre’s “Opera in the 21st Century” module—focusing on bringing more diversity and equity into the opera world. In the summer of 2021, Nikola participated in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, and was featured in the opera film Back Home: Through the Stage Door, appearing in works by Handel and Mozart. Nikola will be attending Merola for 2022 for their third year in the program, as a featured soloist in the Schwabacher Concert as well as the Grand Finale on the War Memorial stage.
Nikola is a 2013 graduate of the SFCM vocal program, where they earned their Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Patricia Craig. They attended University of Memphis (in a dual resident program with Opera Memphis) to obtain their Artist Diploma in Opera Performance. They have most recently studied with Sheri Greenawald. In their free time, Nikola practices and teaches Aerial Arts, studies piano and photography, goes cycling, and is currently learning ASL, as well as trying to encourage better representation and accessibility in the arts.


Get to know Edwin Outwater

Considered “one of the most innovative conductors on the scene today,” SFCM Music Director Edwin Outwater works with orchestras and institutions throughout the world, producing, curating, and conducting unique concert experiences. He frequently premieres new works and connects audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream. As Music Director of SFCM he oversees the Large Ensemble program and helps shape the overall artistic planning of the Conservatory. Other recent projects include a role as producer and musical advisor of the Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary concert, as well as collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Hudson, and Metallica. Outwater has a long association with the San Francisco Symphony. He regularly conducts and curates their SoundBox series, and has conducted and hosted “Holiday Gaiety”, an LGBTQ holiday concert he created with drag performer Peaches Christ. He was Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra leading them on a highly acclaimed European tour, and also served as San Francisco Symphony Director of Summer Concerts. Outwater is Music Director Laureate of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, where he returns regularly. Recent guest appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. 


About the SFCM Orchestra

The SFCM Orchestra presents several performances a year that prominently feature student soloists. Participation also includes public orchestral workshops with distinguished guest conductors. Recent guests have included Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Nicola Luisotti, and Peter Oundjian.

About the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Praised by Gramophone Magazine as a “remarkable tapestry of teenage voices,” the five-time GRAMMY Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) is recognized as one of the world’s leading youth vocal ensembles. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, SFGC presents subscription performances throughout the Bay Area and regularly performs both nationally and internationally as a cultural ambassador for San Francisco. SFGC is a frequent collaborator with leading arts organizations such as Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, as well as numerous world-renowned guest artists.
In addition to its Premier Ensemble, the San Francisco Chorus School is renowned as a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 4-18. Through its innovative Online Learning Program, SFGC has utilized technology to keep its hundreds of choristers engaged and advancing in their musical activities and performing live together from their own homes. 

About the San Francisco Boys Chorus

Founded in 1948, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus is a distinguished educational and performance organization led by Artistic Director Eric Choate since 2019. One of just a handful of programs in the United States specifically designed to educate and showcase boy trebles, the SFBC is proud to train some of the finest young musicians in the country.
 For four decades, San Francisco mayors have recognized the Boys Chorus as official “Singing Ambassadors of San Francisco,” and frequently invite the Boys to perform for events at City Hall. In 2009, the SFBC performed at Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The chorus has performed the national anthem and other songs for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Marathon, and the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration. Each December, the SFBC sings at the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square, and for many years, PBS has broadcast SFBC’s own holiday concert in California television markets.



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