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SUSANNE MENTZER has done it again – summoned her artistic resources to come to the aid of people in need, this time for the benefit of the victims of the wrathful typhoon that struck the Philippines. Pulling out all the stops, she has shown yet again her deep-seated devotion to serving causes bigger than herself.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

A reception follows the concert. FREE WILL donations will benefit three trusted organizations working on the ground in the Philippines:

U.N. World Food Program
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns

The program takes place in the beautiful sanctuary of Calvary Presbyterian Church and features a wide array of beloved performers from the Bay Area and the world’s concert halls and opera stages. SUSANNE MENTZER of course leads the line-up of stars. Also appearing are: acclaimed countertenor Brian Asawa, and 2013 Richard Tucker Award recipient mezzo-soprano ISABEL LEONARD.


Brian Asawa Photo: Marco Borggreve


Below is an alphabetical list (subject to change) of performing artists:

Brian Asawa, countertenor
Christopher Costanza, cellist with the St Lawrence String Quartet
Cypress String Quartet
Lisa Delan, soprano
Firesong (Vanessa Langer, Sophie Huet, Margaret Halbig)
Nicolle Foland, soprano
Debra Fong, violin
Joseph Frank, tenor
Reg Huston, bass-baritone
Erin Johnson, mezzo-soprano (Adler Fellow at SFO)
Isabel Leonard- mezzo-soprano
Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano
Jacqueline Piccolino, soprano (Adler Fellow at SFO)
Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, soprano
Todd Wedge, tenor
members of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus
members of the Ruth Asawa High School for the Arts vocal program

Music lovers in the Oakland area not eager to drive across the on this same evening may choose to attend another concert being held for the same worthy cause. Members of the San Francisco Opera and Symphony choruses will join the San Francisco Boys Chorus for a concert at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. Ian Robertson will conduct excerpts from the Verdi Requiem.

Tickets for the Oakland concert are available with a donation at, with proceeds going to Catholic Relief Services.

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