Joey Alexander set to wow audiences at SFJAZZ

Jazz pianists Joey Alexander – courtesy SFJAZZ

A 14-year-old pianist who has “… lit up the world of jazz …” (Houston Chronicle) is the star turn at SFJAZZ this week.  Appearing with Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, Joey Alexander – whose love for jazz was initially inspired by the music of Thelonius Monk – is quite obviously a jazz force to be reckoned with.   Read more ….

 

San Francisco Opera presents world premiere of Adams’ ‘Girls of the Golden West’

Davóne Tines as Ned Peters and Julia Bullock as Dame Shirley in John Adams’ ‘Girls of the Golden West’ Photo: Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera

In what promises to be a stunning finale to its Fall Season, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West – a dramatic and moving portrayal of life on the frontier of the California Gold Rush.   Read more …..

 

MTT & San Francisco Symphony present

Benefit Concert for the North Bay

Poster courtesy San Francisco Symphony

It comes as no surprise that Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have organized a concert to raise funds for those affected by the recent wildfires.   Read more ….

 

Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ in cinemas

Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov in the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Season continues this weekend with a screening of the Company’s production of The Taming of The Shrew – a work commissioned in 2014 from the Choreographer-Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Maillot.   Read more ….

 

Zukerman plays Beethoven with MTT

and San Francisco Symphony

Pinchas Zukerman plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto with MTT & the San Francisco Symphony

It’s all happening at Davies Symphony Hall this week. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a program of works by Ives and Beethoven …..   Read more ….

 

SFJAZZ presents the Brazilian sound of Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel in the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ this weekend – Photo courtesy SFJAZZ

Having initially made his name as a jazz guitarist and keyboardist, Kurt Rosenwinkel – appearing in the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ this weekend – has also made his name as a player, composer and bandleader over his 25-year career.   Read more ….

 

Alonzo King brings ‘The Propelled Heart’ back to San Francisco

Lisa Fischer with dancers of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet – from video clip, courtesy LINES Ballet

Well known for his collaborations with composers, musicians and visual artists, visionary choreographer Alonzo King brings The Propelled Heart  back to San Francisco to celebrate LINES Ballet’s 35th season.   Read more ….

 

Napa Valley Film Festival goes ahead as planned

The Uptown Theatre, Napa – Photo courtesy Napa Valley Film Festival

Despite the ravages to the Napa Valley region from the recent devastating wildfires, co-founders and directors of the Napa Valley Film Festival, Marc and Brenda Lhormer, are undeterred. They are going ahead with the screening of all 120 films, the culinary demonstrations, wine tastings and events that make this annual event so special.   Read more …..

 

Dehn & Fabiano debut in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Manon’

Michael Fabiano and Ellie Dehn in Massenet’s ‘Manon’ – © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

It is 19 years since San Francisco Opera last staged Jules Massenet’s Manon, and this weekend sees the opening of a new production by French director Vincent Boussard – co-produced by Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Israeli Opera. It features two role debuts – soprano Ellie Dehn in the title role, and tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover the Chevalier des Grieux.   Read more ….

 

China NCPA Orchestra debuts at Davies Symphony Hall

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man – Photo: Kuandi Studio

On Sunday the San Francisco Symphony hosts the debut performance at Davies Symphony Hall of the China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, part of a six-city US tour which celebrates the Centre’s 10th anniversary season.  Read more ….

 

San Francisco Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ airs on Classical KDFC Sunday evening

Scene from San Francisco Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ – © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

On Classical KDFC, the first Sunday evening in the month belongs to San Francisco Opera, and the production on November 5 is Rob Kearley’s highly acclaimed revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto.   Read more ….

 

Thibaudet plays Bernstein with MTT

& San Francisco Symphony

Leonard Bernstein – © Paul de Hueck, courtesy the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

Continuing the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial Season, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony and guest artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a performance of the composer’s fascinating and introspective Second Symphony, known as The Age of AnxietyRead more ….

 

Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘Le Corsaire’ in cinemas Sunday

Bolshoi Principal Dancers Yulia Stepanova and Denis Rodkin in ‘Le Corsaire’

Marius Petipa’s 19th century ballet Le Corsaire is one that is rarely performed – indeed, the only part of it familiar to most of us is the spectacular showpiece pas de deux which is often performed as a standalone piece. Now, thanks to the Bolshoi’s Ballet in Cinema series – presented by BY Experience and Pathé Live – we can watch Alexei Ratmanksy’s revival of the whole of this sumptuous and exotic work on the cinema screen.   Read more …

 

Dynamic Duo for San Francisco Symphony

Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbánski – © Caroline Doutre – Festival de Pacques

This week the San Francisco Symphony welcomes two dynamic young musicians to the stage of Davies Symphony Hall – Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbánski and American cellist Joshua Roman – both making return visits to the Symphony.   Read more ….

 

Impressive line-up for

San Francisco Dance Film Festival

 

This week sees the opening of the 8th San Francisco Dance Film Festival – an annual celebration of dance on film, featuring over 90 films, on all forms of dance.   Read more ….

 

Jakub Hrůša leads San Francisco Symphony in

‘Pursuits of Passion’

Conductor Jakub Hrůša – Photo: Zbynek_Maderyc

This week the San Francisco Symphony brings us the debut appearance of Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, and a return visit by Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski – who first appeared with the Symphony in 2009.  Read more ….

 

Thelonius Monk centennial at SFJAZZ

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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