MTT & San Francisco Symphony turn on the razzle-dazzle!

Measha Brueggergosman (center) with Mikaela Bennett and Kara Dugan in MTT & the San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Music for a Modern Age’ – © Gregory Reed

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony aren’t just thinking outside the box this week – they’re stepping right outside it as well! Their program Music for a Modern Age features unique audio-visual presentations of two works – the West Coast Premiere of Tilson Thomas’ song cycle Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind, and George Antheil’s A Jazz Symphony.   Read more


Stern Grove Festival celebrates 80th season

The San Francisco Symphony photographed at a previous Stern Grove Festival – courtesy Stern Grove Festival

The Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco’s traditional summer celebration of music and dance, opens at Sigmund Stern Grove on Sunday, June 25, this year celebrating its 80th season. The line-up features some favorite artists making a return visit, as well as a host of others, some of whom will be performing original pieces commissioned by the Festival for this event.   Read more ….


The stars come out as Petrenko and Bell guest

with San Francisco Symphony

Joshua Bell guests with the San Francisco Symphony this week – © David Bazemore

The presence of either Vasily Petrenko or Joshua Bell at Davies Symphony Hall would be enough to create a stir among San Francisco classical music enthusiasts, so to have both appearing with the San Francisco Symphony on the same bill is something of an occasion.   Read more ….


More music to come from Week 2 of

San Francisco Jazz Festival

Poster courtesy SFJAZZ

Now into its second week, the San Francisco Jazz Festival is still drawing crowds to the Miner Auditorium and Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ – and since this hugely popular event runs until Sunday, there’s still time to get the Jazz Center and revel in some of the finest music-making around.   Read more ….

San Francisco Opera completes summer season with Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’

Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Rodolfo and Erika Grimaldi as Mimì in Puccini’s ‘La Bohème Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens the final production in its summer season this weekend with one of the world’s most popular operas, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. This passionate and heartbreaking portrayal of love in the bohemian quarter of 19th century Paris brings to the stage of the War Memorial Opera House some of the most beautiful music ever written.   Read more ….


Mälkki and Ohlsson guest with San Francisco Symphony

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki – © Simon Fowler

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the San Francisco Symphony this weekend in a program featuring two works by Stravinsky – his Scherzo fantastique and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – and piano virtuoso Garrick Ohlsson plays the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1.   Read more


35th San Francisco Jazz Festival goes live

Poster courtesy SFJAZZ

It’s all go at SFJAZZ this week as the 35th San Francisco Jazz Festival gets underway. With 43 concerts over the next 13 days, at 5 different venues, it’s no wonder that the Chicago Tribune refers to this annual event as “The crown jewel among American jazz festivals”.   Read more …..


Marc Minkowski leads San Francisco Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

‘Twas ever thus. No matter that he might be a cad, there’s a certain type of man who never seems to lack female attention – and so it is with the anti-hero of Mozart’s comic opera Don Giovanni.   Read more ….

‘The Roommate’ – dark humor, brilliantly played

Robyn (Julia Brothers) offers to help Sharon (Susi Damilano) clear up a mess – a scene from ‘The Roommate’ at San Francisco Playhouse – Photo: Jessica Palopoli

What happens when a rather naïve and unworldly woman in Iowa City – whose major excitement in life is her book club – opens her home to a stranger from the Bronx – a very savvy and streetwise woman who is most decidedly experienced in the ways of the world?   Read more ….


A season of favorites from San Francisco Opera

A scene from Act I of San Francisco Opera’s production of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s summer season opens at the War Memorial Opera House this week – a season featuring Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La Bohème.   Read more …..


Latin greats pay tribute to Ernesto Lecuona at SFJAZZ

Chucho Valdés – with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Michel Camino – pays tribute to Ernesto Lecuona at SFJAZZ this week © Frank Stewart

The stars are gathering at SFJAZZ this week as three of today’s greatest Latin Jazz pianists pay tribute to the pianist and composer known as the ‘Gershwin of Cuba’ – Ernesto Lecuona.   Read more ….

All-Russian program for Manfred Honeck’s SF Symphony debut

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck – © Felix Broede

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony this week, in a program of two works – by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.   Read more ….


 San Francisco Ballet Orchestra releases Moszkowski album

The latest CD from Martin West and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra – cover image by Apollon Mokritsky (1846), courtesy Reference Recordings

As another San Francisco Ballet season draws to a close, it’s a good time to turn the spotlight on the magnificent SF Ballet Orchestra, led by music director Martin West, which plays such a vital role in the success of the Company’s performances.   Read more ….

At a glance ….

Poster courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Highlights from around the Bay Area this week – read more ….

Charles Dutoit leads San Francisco Symphony in the Berlioz ‘Requiem’

Conductor Charles Dutoit – © San Francisco Symphony

Imagine the sight of over 300 musicians on stage at Davies Symphony Hall. It’s quite a thought, and that’s what the San Francisco Symphony has in store for audiences this week, as Charles Dutoit conducts Berlioz’s magnificent Requiem – the Grande Messe des morts – in a series of performances which opened this evening.   Read more …..


San Francisco Ballet ends Season with a flourish

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in San Francisco Ballet’s production of Wheeldon’s ‘Cinderella’ © Erik Tomasson

For the finale of a season characterized by a wealth of fabulous and imaginative productions, San Francisco Ballet really has no other option than to go out with a flourish – and Christopher Wheeldon’s magnificent production of Cinderella is just the ticket.   Read more ….


At a glance ……

The Omar Sosa Quartet at SFJAZZ this week – Courtesy SFJAZZ

Highlights from around the Bay Area this week – read more ….


Orozco-Estrada leads SF Symphony in all-Russian program with Denis Kozhukhin

Guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada – Courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in two Russian masterworks at Davies Symphony Hall this week – the notoriously challenging Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2, with guest pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous Second Symphony.   Read more ….

SFJAZZ Collective plays Miles Davis – now here’s the album

The release of a new album by SFJAZZ Collective is always worth celebrating, and anyone who attended their four-night residency between October 20 and 23 at the SFJAZZ Center last year, will know that their latest album was recorded live at these concerts, and also that it features the music of Miles Davis, together with a selection of the Collective’s own compositions.   Read more ….


























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