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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