Ragazzi Boys Chorus, one of the largest boys choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrates 25 years of remarkable music with Sing It Forward, a fundraising gala on Sunday, March 10 at the Fremont Hills Country Club located at 12889 Viscaino Place in Los Altos.
The gala features a cocktail hour with appetizers, silent and live auctions, and a gourmet buffet dinner with wine.
Entertainment will be provided by past and present Ragazzi Boys choirs. Among the musical offerings will be a rendition of Gounod’s beautiful Ave Maria, in which a treble chorister will begin and then pass this challenging piece to a professional singer who is a former member of the chorus.
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus is funded through a combination of tuition, grants, individual donations, fundraising events, and performance ticket sales. Tuition covers about 65 percent of the cost.
Founded in 1987, Peninsula-based Ragazzi Boys Chorus is a San Francisco Bay Area’s music and performance organizations for boys. Currently, there are more than 150 singers from 86 schools in 26 Bay Area communities in the program. Ragazzi means “boys” in Italian and is the term used in opera to refer to children’s voices. Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Peninsula Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus.
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus has toured throughout the United States and internationally. In 2000, Ragazzi was honored for its contribution to the San Francisco Symphony’s Grammy Award–winning recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, and has produced five CDs.
Gala tickets are $125. For more information on, call 650.342.8785 or visit www.Ragazzi.org.