recommendations: August 2009 Archives

Performing arts organizations are becoming increasingly canny about leveraging new technology to create more inclusive, participatory experiences for their constituencies. The YouTube Symphony and San Francisco Symphony's Social Network are two recent examples of this trend. Now San Francisco Opera and the local commercial classical music radio station in the Bay Area, KDFC 102.1 FM are partnering on a quirky initiative to generate buzz around the upcoming Opera in the Ballpark performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore.

The collaboration centers on a public singing competition. Contestants are invited to audition via video submission for a chance to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live at the ballpark during San Francisco Opera's September 19 simulcast of Il Trovatore. KDFC listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries online to select three finalists. The panel of judges--San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti, as well as KDFC Program Director Bill Leuth--will review the finalists and select a winner to perform the national anthem a cappella in front of tens of thousands of opera fans gathered at the ballpark to experience SF Opera's production.

I asked Lueth about the impetus behind this intriguing idea: "It was inspired by our Classical Star Search contest this past spring where listeners submitted video performances, and other listeners helped pick who was the best," says Lueth. "The opera folks and KDFC agreed that a kickoff of something big at a ballpark feels like it needs a Star-Spangled Banner performed live there. We know we have tons of talented listeners, so we're going to show them off and have some fun."

Here's some more information about entering the competition for all you songbirds out there:

Video submissions should consist of one person singing their own a cappella rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and should be uploaded at Singers of any age, including both professionals and amateurs, are welcome. Submissions will be accepted the weeks of August 10 and August 17, and listener voting will begin the week of August 24. The three finalists will be posted on KDFC's website the week of August 31, and the panel of judges will determine the winner in time for KDFC radio personality Hoyt Smith to announce the winner on the September 8 KDFC Morning show. The winner of the "KDFC Star-Spangled Sing-Off" will perform live at AT&T Park on September 19 prior to San Francisco Opera's Webcor Presents Opera at the Ballpark. For complete rules and information, visit
August 5, 2009 9:36 AM | | Comments (0)

Me Elsewhere


About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the recommendations category from August 2009.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

AJ Ads

AJ Blogs

AJBlogCentral | rss

About Last Night
Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Artful Manager
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
blog riley
rock culture approximately
critical difference
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dog Days
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
Life's a Pitch
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
Mind the Gap
No genre is the new genre
Performance Monkey
David Jays on theatre and dance
Plain English
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Real Clear Arts
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
Rockwell Matters
John Rockwell on the arts
Straight Up |
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude

Foot in Mouth
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Seeing Things
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...

Jazz Beyond Jazz
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...

Out There
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Serious Popcorn
Martha Bayles on Film...

classical music
Creative Destruction
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
The Future of Classical Music?
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
On the Record
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Slipped Disc
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds

Jerome Weeks on Books
Quick Study
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera

Drama Queen
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
lies like truth
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world

Aesthetic Grounds
Public Art, Public Space
Another Bouncing Ball
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Modern Art Notes
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog
Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.