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Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is an orchestra that provides a safe and supportive environment for musicians of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. BARS makes cultural, social, and educational contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area by performing ambitious repertoire to a high standard.
Launched in 2008, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is an orchestra dedicated to increasing visibility and challenging stereotypes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) composers, instrumentalists, and performing artists. BARS performs ambitious repertory to a high standard, connecting with and bridging audiences from all communities and backgrounds.
BARS showcases its 85+ member symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles at the SF Conservatory of Music and various Bay Area venues. Our musicians can also be seen and heard doing outreach for local LGBTQ, service, and education organizations. Over 20% of BARS musicians and 40% of BARS audience identify as heterosexual/straight. Intermediate and advanced instrumentalists, especially string players, are invited to join our weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at SF State University.
Under the artistic direction of Daniel Canosa, BARS has been recognized for its achievements in artistic excellence and community building by the city and county of San Francisco and the State of California. BARS is a non-profit organization: all donations are tax-deductible. For more information about BARS, upcoming concerts, and how to get involved, visit BARS-SF.org
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