We are a choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness. We have just moved to a NEW rehearsal time & day: THURSDAY mornings, 10:30 am, at the ST FRANCIS LUTHERAN CHURCH on Church Street between Market and Duboce, San Francisco (starting Thursday, April 4, 2013). Rehearsal is followed by a FREE LUNCH at noon. All are welcome. No auditions or experience necessary.
SEE SOS IN CONCERT - details in column to the right.
SAT. APRIL 6, 4 PM - Don't miss your chance to say farewell to SOS founder/artistic director Dr. Kathleen McGuire who is moving back to Australia in mid-April. She is performing with the band CRITICAL BLISS in a special farewell concert, doubling as a fundraiser for SOS. Sat. April 6, 4 - 6 PM at BeatBox in San Francisco. More info: RSVP
S.O.S. went to London! Well, at least our voices and images went. Singers of the Street was selected to represent the United States at a special arts event for the London Olympics. We produced a video that was screened at "With One Voice" - a showcase of 300 performers who have experienced homelessness - in concert at the Royal Opera House (aka Covent Garden) on July 2nd, 2012. This concert, hosted by Streetwise Opera, was part of the London Festival 2012 for the London Olympics. It was streamed live on the internet and watched by thousands around the world.
S.O.S. spent a day recording "Stand By Me" at AMOR Music Productions' studio in Oakland, then videographer Carolyn Eidson (Splashy Films) shot the choir on location at Union Square and on the MUNI F-Line. The band CRITICAL BLISS accompanied, and the audio was skillfully edited by Ashley Moore. Watch the video (above) and click the link to purchase your own copy of the SOS single for just $1!
FALL SHOWCASE SERIES
Sorry you missed it...
Interfaith Thanksgiving Benefit Concert
**FREE** - donation appreciated
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 7 PM
SORRY, YOU MISSED THESE TWO SHOWS:
SORRY, YOU MISSED THE FIRST ONE:
Singers of the Street (S.O.S.) - a community choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness - celebrates its 2nd anniversary in a special multimedia fall showcase series including songs performed by S.O.S., a photo and story display, and the choir's new music-video: STAND BY ME.
The showcase is a heartfelt and uplifting experience for audience members as they learn more about the lives of individual singers. Photographer Yolanda Mendoza chronicled the group's journey over the past year in a series of intimate photos and stories.
Members describe many reasons for singing with S.O.S., including camaraderie, the joy of singing, an inspirational outlet for creative expression, positive encouragement, and a family of friends.
"We provide a home-cooked meal for the singers after each rehearsal. Through singing together and sharing meals, we have become a caring community and family for one another," said artistic director and founder, Dr. Kathleen McGuire.
S.O.S.'s music video, "Stand By Me," features S.O.S. singing Ben E. King's classic hit, backed up by local rock band, Critical Bliss. It was filmed on location in and around Union Square last May. "Stand By Me" was made especially for participation - by competitive selection - in the recent London Festival, part of the Olympic Games celebrations in July. The video was premiered at the Royal Opera House on July 2nd at a concert hosted by Streetwise Opera featuring 300 performers who have experienced homelessness. Videos were also shown from Japan and Australia. "Stand By Me" was the sole representation from the US.
Singers of the Street's first-ever rehearsal was on September 8th, 2010. The group now has more than 30 regular singers, and more than 60 have participated over the last two years. S.O.S. performs at least once a month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays, 10:30 am, at the City of Refuge: 1025 Howard Street. No auditions or prior choir experience are required. S.O.S.'s mission is to raise voices for justice, healing, and joy. Visit SOS at www.singersofthestreet.org