If you’re going to San Francisco, you are bound to know many songs that celebrate its history and its charms. There is something about the Bay Area that has long inspired songwriters and singers across the decades. The Bay’s spirit can be epitomized in the line “San Francisco, open your Golden Gate, you let no stranger wait, outside your door,” a philosophy that extends to Big Sing California.
IMPORTANT! Everyone must individually sign up for Big Sing California. If you are planning to attend Big Sing California as a group, everyone in that group will need to sign up through this website.
By signing up, you do not automatically get a ticket for the day of the event. Here is the ticketing procedure:
1) Sign up for a Big Sing California hub on this website.
2) On July 10, you will be sent an email to confirm your reservation within 48 hours.
3) Once you confirm your reservation, you will be emailed a voucher to bring with you to the Nourse Theater to claim your ticket on the day of the event.
4) Show up on the day of the event with your friends and family so you can all sit together for the performance.
After we reach capacity, we will be creating a waitlist for this venue. If you do not confirm your reservation and claim your voucher within the 48-hour window, your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you will be notified by July 18 whether you can claim a ticket for this event.
For more information about ticketing, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions
Zellerbach Hall is a multi-venue performance facility on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, west of Lower Sproul Plaza. Zellerbach Auditorium is the main performance venue for Cal Performances, a presenting and producing arts organization. The facility is suitable for dance, theater, and opera, and has a built-in concert shell that provides an excellent acoustical enclosure for symphonic and other classical music performances.
Zellerbach Hall is conveniently located one block away from the BART Downtown Berkeley station. Parking directions available here.
Elena Sharkova has been Artistic Director of the Cantabile Youth Singers since 2004 and oversees all educational and performance aspects of the program, in addition to conducting the top choirs, Vocalise and Aria.
Equally comfortable working with professional musicians and very young children just beginning their musical explorations, Elena is thrilled to be starting her second decade as Cantabile’s Artistic Director. She believes that young people are the best ambassadors of music and culture and that choral and ensemble singing is a powerful art that brings people together regardless of their age, social differences, politics, or religion.
Artistic Director of Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale (formerly San Jose State University Chorale) since 1998, Elena has prepared and conducted the chorus in over 50 major choral-orchestral works such as Handel’s Messiah
, Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
, Verdi’s Requiem, and opera Aida
(concert production) among many others.
As conductor and coach, she regularly appears with professional artists. In 2014, she served as guest music director for the Grammy Award-winning “orchestra of voices” — male choir Chanticleer in a genre- and time-spanning program entitled Russian Dreams
that featured folk, spiritual, secular, and urban vocal heritage of the nation. With Cantabile, Elena's other recent projects have been with Kronos Quartet, Symphony Silicon Valley, Stanford Symphony, Ballet San Jose, visual artist Nene Humphrey, and actor Ryan Gossling’s rock play Deadman’s Bones
, among others.
Elena Sharkova will lead the Bay Area open rehearsal and emcee the opening of the July 21 performance.