Comfort and Joy: A Home-Made Holiday

From Our Homes to Yours

Join us as we combine new and old with a twist, including favorite SFBC holiday music, guest artists, visual art, audience sing-alongs, a world premiere, and more!

Inspired by our beloved candlelight Christmas concerts and hosted by Artistic Director Magen Solomon, our virtual event is something completely new.

This concert will be available to you to watch at any time through December 31st.  Here’s a sneak peek at the program (PDF)!

Guest Artists

  • Velocity Handbell Ensemble
  • Robert Ward, alphorn
  • Steven Bailey, piano
  • John Walko, organ
  • The Whole Noyse, Renaissance Wind Band

Special Treats

  • “Electric Paintings” by Clive McCarthy, artist
  • World premiere of MENDOCINO COAST, SEPTEMBER 2020,
    written for SFBC by Oakland composer Ted Allen
  • Interviews with composers and guest artists

Audience reactions to our Dec. 13 premiere

Congratulations on a fabulous concert! What a wonderful combination of things. The music was lovely and satisfying, all the extras were fascinating, and the length was perfect!

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We REALLY enjoyed the virtual concert, so well done. Honestly, it was beautifully put together, proof of artistic versatility in a year like no other (virtual, masks, COVID-appropriate lyrics), with a welcome introduction to handbell music-making, interviews with composers (loved the Mendocino Coast piece), computer art-making, and, most of all, lovely voices. Really helped to define Christmas Season 2020 for us.

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Congratulations to all. Fabulous concert. Loved every minute and the minutes flew by. Such a variety of content…. unbelievable skill in putting all together. Thanks!

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On top of the quality of the music and the gracefully executed variety of the program, there’s a very special warmth to that multimedia assemblage that I’ve not found elsewhere among virtual choir productions.

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I have just finished listening to your marvellous concert sitting in the comfort of my armchair with my feet up. The diversity of music was brilliant. The technical know-how amazing. I loved the artwork, the humour, the photos…Christmas came early for me!