Behzod Abduraimov debuts with MTT

& San Francisco Symphony

Behzod Abduraimov – © Nissor-Abdourazakov – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas is back on the podium at Davies Symphony Hall this week to lead the San Francisco Symphony in a program featuring the SF Symphony debut of Ukranian pianist Behzod Abduraimov, in a performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3.   Read more ….


Lavay Smith, Red Baraat and Buddy Guy –

SFJAZZ has them all

Lavay Smith – © Berkeley Agency

Continuing its celebration of Women’s History Month, SFJAZZ this week presents a series of performances by Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Starting on Thursday, March 15th, this glamorous San Francisco-based artist will take over the Joe Henderson Lab with a succession of concerts covering a range of themes which includes great performers, styles of jazz and memorable places in the US.   Read more ….


‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with Trpčeski, Gardner &

San Francisco Symphony

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski – © Lube Saveski

British conductor Edward Gardner leads the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Sir Michael Tippet, George Gershwin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The guest soloist is Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski.   Read more ….


Another opportunity to see San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Frankenstein’

San Francisco Ballet presents Liam Scarlett’s ‘Frankenstein’ – © Erik Tomasson

One of the successes of San Francisco Ballet’s 2017 season was the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, and those who were fascinated by his adaptation of Mary Shelly’s 1813 Gothic novel will no doubt be keen to have another opportunity to see this production when it opens at the War Memorial Opera House tomorrow evening.   Read more …

Wide-ranging program from Heras-Casado & San Francisco Symphony

Pablo Heras-Casado – © Renske Vrolijk

his evening the San Francisco Symphony welcomes Pablo Heras-Casado back to Davies Symphony Hall, to lead a program of music by Esa-Peka Salonen, Shostakovich and Brahms. The program features Salonen’s Helix, the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 2 and Brahm’s First Symphony. The soloist in the violin concerto is the Symphony’s own Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik.   Read more ….

At a glance ……

Snarky Puppy at SFJAZZ – Photo courtesy SFJAZZ

A look at what’s on in San Francisco this week.   Read more ….

Boreyko & Gluzman celebrate Bernstein with

San Francisco Symphony

Leonard Bernstein – © Library of Congress

In the final concert marking this season’s Bernstein Centennial, the San Francisco Symphony is led by Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko.   Read more …


Tailor-made for San Francisco Ballet

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson’s ‘On a Theme of Paganini’ – © Erik Tomasson

The second San Francisco Ballet program to open this week takes the title Distinctly SF Ballet – ‘Distinctly’ being the operative word. Not only were these ballets created for the company – by three Bay Area choreographers – but each is decidedly different in character and style from the others.   Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet’s

‘Bright Fast Cool Blue’ triple bill

Sofiane Sylve in Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ (Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson)

Happy is the ballet company that has such a wealth of works in its repertoire that it can schedule six triple bills and a four-ballet program in one season. San Francisco Ballet enjoys this status – and is in the unique position of  including in this total  12 world premieres which have been written specifically for the Company.   Read more ….


KDFC airs ‘Arabella’- from San Francisco Opera archives

Kiri Te Kanawa sings the title role in Strauss’ ‘Arabella’

From the archives of San Francisco Opera comes a performance of Richard Strauss’ romantic opera Arabella – which premiered at the War Memorial Opera House on October 29th, 1980. It’s to be broadcast tomorrow evening, February 4th, by Classical KDFC.   Read more ….


Another winner for San Francisco Playhouse

Millie Brooks (as Billie Dawn) and Jason Kapoor (as Paul Verrall) in the San Francisco Playhouse production of ‘Born Yesterday’

The world has certainly not moved on much in the past 70 years, it seems. Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, currently running at the San Francisco Playhouse, is set and written in the febrile political world of 1946, and clearly shows that money talked then, as we know it still does today.  Read more ….


SFJAZZ Pays Tribute to Preservation Hall

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – courtesy SFJAZZ

There’s a grand celebration taking place in San Francisco on Thursday, as SFJAZZ pays tribute to Preservation Hall with the presentation of the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award.   Read more ….


The Royal Philharmonic comes to town

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall – Photo courtesy San Francisco Symphony

This weekend, in its Great Performers series, the San Francisco Symphony hosts conductor Thierry Fischer, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two fabulous French guest artists – cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.   Read more …..

At a glance ……

Goldberg (Scott Wentworth) and Meg (Judith Ivey) play blind man’s bluff, in Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’, playing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

A quick look at some of the productions taking place in San Francisco this week.  Read more ….


San Francisco Ballet opens new season with a Tchaikovsky classic

There must be many lovers of ballet in the Bay Area who are delighted that San Francisco Ballet is reviving its production of The Sleeping Beauty this season – a work which embodies all that’s wonderful about ballet.  Watch the video and read more ….


Concert version of Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ from MTT & SF Symphony

Leonard Bernstein – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony certainly have form when it comes to presenting successful concert versions of stage productions …… so in this centennial year of the remarkable Leonard Bernstein, what better than a concert version of his comic operetta CandideRead more ….


San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Celestial’ opening to the new season

For this year’s Opening Night Gala, San Francisco Ballet takes the theme Celestial, which brings to mind images of glittering stars, twinkling lights and heavenly performances.   Watch the video and read more on this link


Emanuel Ax goes for diversity with MTT & San Francisco Symphony

Emanuel Ax plays with the San Francisco Symphony – Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

There’s an interesting concert at Davies Symphony Hall this week. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are joined by guest artist Emanuel Ax who plays not one, but two, piano concertos.   Read more ….


Chris Botti returns to SFJAZZ

Chris Botti – courtesy SFJAZZ

Trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti makes a very welcome return visit to SFJAZZ this week, playing in the Miner Auditorium for nine performances – four of which are nearly sold out.  Read more ….


A momentous year for MTT

& San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony – © Bill Swerbenski

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony say farewell to 2017 on a high note.  Read more ….


‘The Nutcracker’ – still a sparkling Christmas tradition

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Tomasson’s ‘Nutcracker’ – © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent production of The Nutcracker has opened its 2017 season at the War Memorial Opera House – a magical Christmas tradition that will never cease to deliver a warm glow, a frisson of excitement, and a sense of wonder.   Read more ….


‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ – lively and fun!

The “wimps” (Mario Gianni Herrera, David Rukin, Jonah Broscow, Panita Serizawa, Charlotte Ying Levy, and Chloe Dalzell) wait for the day payback will come to their bullies

If you need a shot of festive sparkle, and a reminder of what Christmas is all about, the San Francisco Playhouse is only too happy to oblige. A Christmas Story: The Musical is joyful, at times touching, it will make you smile – and laugh out loud. A perfect production for the time of year, it’ll lift your spirits and put the proverbial song in your heart.   Read more …

KDFC broadcasts Met Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

Baritone Nathan Gunn as Papageno in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ – Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is the second production in the Met Opera’s 87th season of Saturday matinee radio broadcasts.  It airs on Classical KDFC on December 9 for listeners in the Bay Area.    Read more …


A weekend of great performances from the Symphony and the Opera

San Francisco Symphony presents ‘Music for Families’ – Photo courtesy San Francisco Symphony

A look at a busy weekend for both the Symphony and the Opera.  Read more …



SFJAZZ celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thelonius Monk this week with three fabulous peformers – Danilo Pérez, Jason Moran and John Beasley. Read more ….


World Ballet Day LIVE streams online October 4-5

Trailer courtesy San Francisco Ballet

This week, lovers of ballet the world over will once again have the opportunity to watch all – or part of – a 22-hour celebration of ballet on October 4 – 5, with World Ballet Day LIVE.   Read more ….


All is not as it seems at the ‘Barbecue’ at San Francisco Playhouse

Lillie Anne (Halili Knox, right) explains to Adlean (Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe), James T (Adrian Roberts), and Marie (Kehinde Koyejo) how an intervention works in ‘Barbecue’ at San Francisco Playhouse – Photograph Jessica Palopoli

San Francisco Playhouse directors, Bill English and Susi Damilano, do seem to have a remarkable ability to search out – or attract – some interesting and unusual productions. The latest one to open at the Playhouse is the West Coast premiere of Barbecue.   Read more ….


Christian Reif & San Francisco Symphony celebrate Oktoberfest

Poster courtesy San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor, Christian Reif, leads the Symphony’s first ever Oktoberfest celebration on Tuesday, October 3.   Read more ….


Jeremy Denk guests with MTT

& San Francisco Symphony

Pianist Jeremy Denk – Photo © John D & Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony invite us to an interesting performance this week – one that features works by two contrasting composers – Béla Bartók and Hector Berlioz. The guest artist is piano virtuoso Jeremy Denk who plays the Bartók Piano Concerto No 2 – which he recently played during this year’s BBC Proms season – and the work by Berlioz is his epic Symphonie fantastique.   Read more ….


Three debuts in San Francisco Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

Atalla Ayan as Alfredo and Aurelia Florian as Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s Fall Season continues with La Traviata, Guiseppe Verdi’s widely loved interpretation of the French play, La dame aux Camélias, by Alexandre Dumas (the younger).  Read more ….


MTT & San Francisco Symphony Celebrate Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein – © Library of Congress – Courtesy San Francisco Symphony

In the opening program of this new season, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony pay tribute to a man who was surely one of the most creative and charismatic musicians of the 20th century – the legendary Leonard Bernstein – whose Centennial will be celebrated throughout the 2017-18 season.   Read more ….
















































































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