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Urban Opera’s Dido and Aeneas Among San Francisco’s Top Classical Events of 2009

Jubilate at Urban Opera

Members of the Jubilate Orchestra "warming up" for Urban Opera's Dido and Aeneas

We were pleased to learn that Urban Opera’s production was named to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 10 Classical Music events of 2009. The Jubilate Orchestra was pleased to collaborate with Urban Opera in this innovative production.

The Chronicle’s music critic Joshua Kosman observed that “Conductor-director Chip Grant’s new company started life in style, with a theatrically vivid and musically splendid outdoor staging of Purcell’s opera.”

The performances took place in a sculpture garden between two office buildings by Mission Bay. In their review of one of the performances  The San Francisco Weekly noted that Bay Area audiences have the choice of a plethora of opera experiences and welcomed Urban Opera’s concept into the mix while acknowledging the climatic complications that the City by the Bay poses.

The Jubilate Orchestra is a project of Magnificat, providing period instrument accompaniment and performance practice consultation to arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a repertoire ranging from Gabrieli to Pärt, Jubilate has performed over 300 times in the past two decades.

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