San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

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The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (SFCO) is a professional chamber orchestra in San Francisco, California, that presents small orchestra and chamber ensemble performances in the Bay Area.

The SFCO was founded by Emanuel Leplin in 1952.[1][2] It gave its debut concert in April 1953 in Berkeley's Hillel Foundation, in a concert conducted by Leplin.[1] After Leplin was afflicted by polio in 1954,[1] management was taken over by conductors Edgar Braun and Adrian Sunshine.[3][4] The musicians in the early years were all members of the San Francisco Symphony.[4][5][6] Sunshine left in 1958, moving to Europe.[4][6] Braun served as music director and conductor until 2002, when violist Benjamin Simon was granted the post.[3][4][6]


  1. ^ a b c Programs for concerts composed of members of the San Francisco Symphony, and conducted by Emanuel Leplin at B'Nai B'Rith Hillel Foundation, Berkeley, April 12, and Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, May 21, 1953; Program for the "Second Annual Spring Concert of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra" conducted by Emanuel Leplin at City College on May 11, 1954—Emanuel Leplin Archive, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
  2. ^ The San Francisco Symphony: Music, Maestros, and Musicians, David Schneider, Presidio Press 1983
  3. ^ a b Finz, Stacy (August 12, 2002). "Edgar Braun, lawyer and musician". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  4. ^ a b c d [1], "SF Chamber Orchestra Rings in the New Year With a Free Concert," by Ira Steingroot, Berkeley Daily Planet, December 28, 2004
  5. ^ [2], Arts America, Huffington Press, 2009
  6. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), San Francisco International Arts Festival, 2007

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