San Francisco Symphony Appoints New Chorus Director, Ragnar Bohlin

Classic Arts News   San Francisco Symphony Appoints New Chorus Director, Ragnar Bohlin
 
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has appointed the 41-year-old Swedish conductor Ragnar Bohlin as the next director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, effective March 2007.

He has some formidable shoes to fill: he succeeds the hugely admired Vance George, who stepped down as SFS Chorus director last season after 23 years in the post.

Bohlin comes to San Francisco from Stockholm's Maria Magdalena Church, where he served as choirmaster; he has degrees in church music and conducting from Sweden's Royal Academy of Music and has studied conducting with Eric Ericson (the _minence grise of Scandinavian choral music) and voice with Nicolai Gedda. Bohlin has toured internationally and won competitions with the Maria Magdalena Motet Choir and the KFUM Chamber Choir, and he has prepared symphonic choruses for such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Alan Gilbert, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The 200-member SFS Chorus, widely recognized as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the US, gives a minimum of 26 performances with the orchestra each season. In addition to its acclaimed concert work, the SFS Chorus has won four Grammy awards and performed on the soundtracks to the films Amadeus, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Godfather Part III.


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