April 20, 2017  ·  Kanbar Performing Arts Center



After two sold-out concerts in 2016, the Fog City Singers, SF's buzzing new men's vocal ensemble, will return this April for our first public concert of 2017!

The program, titled "Back to Our Roots," will feature a cappella music from barbershop past and present, as well as complementing pop and choral selections—all ranging in mood from playful and light-hearted to poignant and heartfelt. The chorus will also perform several original arrangements, including a new commission from local composer Joel Chapman, with text by San Antonio-based poet Naomi Shibab Nye, in memory of our friend and classmate Ladidi Garba (1990–2016, Stanford ’11).

The concert will run approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in Chorissima Hall (1st Floor, Kanbar Performing Arts Center).


I   Good, Old Fashioned Barbershop

Show Me Where the Good Times Are by K. Jacobson  ·  arr. D. Short & G. Cokeroft (1965)
There’ll Be No New Tunes on This Old Piano arr. G. Cokeroft (1952)

II   Barber-Pop

Ben by D. Black & W. Scharf (1972)  ·  arr. G. Lotto (2017)  †
Who’s Loving You by W. “Smokey” Robinson (1960)  ·  arr. A. Dale (2011)

III   Songs About Fish

The Mermaid (Traditional Sea Chantey)  ·  arr. M. Levi (1994)
Three Little Fishies by J. Carringer, B. Idins, & S. Dowell (1939)  ·  arr. C. Lewis (2017)  †

IV   Quartet: Brannigan

Way Ahead of My Time (a.k.a. The Caveman Song) by P. Mills (2000)  ·  arr. C. Lewis (2016)  †
Where the Southern Roses Grow by R. Buck & T. Morse (1904)  ·  arr. D. Wright (1993)

V   Audience Participation

VI   New Members (Fall ‘16 & Spring ‘17)

I'd Love to Live in Loveland by W. R. Williams (1910)

VII   In Memoriam: Ladidi Garba

The Song poem by N. S. Nye  ·  music by J. Chapman (2017)  †
When Dawn Shines by J. Zadorsky & M. Surti (2014)

VIII   FCS Favorites

I Have Dreamed by R. Rodgers & O. Hammerstein (1951)  ·  arr. D. Wright (2004)
Fix You by G. Berryman, J. Buckland, W. Champion, & C. Martin (2005)  ·  arr. C. Lewis (2016)

†  Denotes arrangements premiered by the Fog City Singers


Fog City Singers - "The Song"

At our spring concert in April, we debuted a piece composed by Joel Chapman in memory of our friend Ladidi Garba, a beautiful person with a beautiful voice who was taken far too soon. Titled "The Song," the piece brings to life the poem by the same name from Naomi Shihab Nye, which Ladidi's freshman-year RA read at her celebration of life—and again just prior to this performance. We'll be reprising "The Song" at our Summer Concerts (feat. Jocelyn Pickett) on Sat Aug 12 and Wed Aug 16 for those who weren't able to hear it last time. For now, here's the full performance from April!

Posted by Fog City Singers on Monday, July 31, 2017


2017 Spring Concert Poster.jpg