Theatre Comique is announcing plans for the 2018-2019 season. On October 7, 2018, we will present “Everybody’s Doin’ It Now,” a concert of ragtime music on Broadway, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This program is full of song hits that were introduced by Broadway headliners during the Ragtime Era, when the country was captivated by the new style of syncopated dance music. Please join us for this exciting concert of music performed by our outstanding ensemble. The concert is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. You may click on the link below to be directed to the SFCM website where you can reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you there!

https://sfcm.edu/events/historical-performance-faculty-concert-collaboration-theatre-comique

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Educational Engagement Programs

This season will continue with a series of engagement events focusing on introducing our repertoire to a diverse group of audiences.  These events will feature Theatre Comique’s singers in several different programs with piano accompaniment designed to introduce the repertoire of early Broadway and vaudeville to audiences of all age groups throughout the Bay Area through engaging multi-media presentations. 

Central to our mission to restore American theatre music from the 1890’s through the 1920's to general public awareness is a series of engagement programs for people of all ages in a wide variety of contexts and venues. These programs will focus on themes such as the ragtime theatre song, the Broadway revue, and great women of vaudeville. Theatre Comique’s presentations will also highlight the special repertoire of songs by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Louis A Hirsch, George Gershwin, and many other songwriters whose music was influential in the United States during a time when Broadway and vaudeville were ubiquitous in American life.

Our programs will feature the extraordinary singers of the ensemble with piano accompaniment in multi-media presentations. The already powerful experience of simply hearing the music in outstanding performances will be amplified by historical commentary and multi-media projections. Our goal is to introduce this music to young audiences in addition to furthering the experience and appreciation of older listeners as we seek to place this historical repertoire in its social, cultural, and artistic context. These programs are a continuation of the initiative begun 2017-2018 season when Theatre Comique collaborated with such organizations such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Opera, and the Towers.

In November 2017, Theatre Comique completed an innovative collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Artistic directors Eric Davis and Corey Jamason along with TC singers and instrumentalists worked with Conservatory undergraduate and graduate students on multiple programs over an 8-week period, culminating in critically acclaimed performances of songs by Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern using original orchestrations.  About the concerts the San Francisco Classical Voice raved: “Theatre Comique shined” in a presentation “marked by extraordinary performances.” 

Following our live stream of the November 2017 performances at the San Francisco Conservatory, we have made many of our orchestral performances available to audiences on an ongoing basis through archival performance videos and audio files on our website and our YouTube channel. As these materials accumulate into a large library over time, it will become a culturally significant resource by increasing access to our innovative and virtuosic interpretations exponentially, thereby enabling the work of Theatre Comique and our uplifting message to reach many thousands of people throughout the world.