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 ….

Yo-Yo Ma guests with MTT & San Francisco Symphony for season opener

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony – Photo: Bill Swerbenski

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony launch their 2017-18 season this week with a fabulous program, featuring one of classical music’s most illustrious artists, cellist Yo-Yo Ma.   Read more ….

 

San Francisco Opera presents Strauss’ powerful ‘Elektra’

Christine Goerke in the title role of Richard Strauss’ ‘Elektra’ – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Drama, bloodlust and murder rule onstage at the War Memorial Opera House for the second production in San Francisco Opera’s 2017-18 Season – Richard Strauss’ Elektra – which opened this evening.   Read more ….

 

San Francisco Opera opens new season with Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

A scene from San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera celebrates the launch of its 95th season this coming week with two opening night galas – productions of Puccini’s Turandot and Richard Strauss’s Elektra – followed by the traditional admission-free Opera in the Park on Sunday afternoon.   Read more ….

 

At a glance ….

 

Frame from YouTube video clip ‘Blues For Harry Bosch by Grace Kelly, performing at SFJAZZ this week

A look at the performing arts scene in the Bay Area this week.   Read more ….

 

Plácido Domingo stars in San Francisco Opera broadcast

A scene from San Francisco Opera’s 1978 production of ‘Otello’ – photo Ron Scherl/San Francisco Opera

Tomorrow, September 3, is the first Sunday of the month, which means that  a production from San Francisco Opera  will be broadcast on Classical KDFC  at 8.00 pm.  This month’s opera comes from the Company’s archives – a performance of Verdi’s Otello starring Plácido Domingo in the title role.   Read more ….

 

Dee Dee Bridgewater opens new SFJAZZ season

Dee Dee Bridgewater who opens the new season at SFJAZZ next week – photo courtesy SFJAZZ

Winner of three Grammy® Awards, a Tony® Award and France’s Victoire de la Musique, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, 2017 NEA Jazz Master, as well as a producer, head of a record label, vocalist – and undoubtedly a legend in the world of jazz – this is Dee Dee Bridgewater.  She’s also the star who opens the SFJAZZ  2017-18 season next week, with four fabulous programs – each with a different theme.   Read more ….

 

KQED broadcasts San Francisco Opera’s ‘Mefistofele’

Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of San Francisco Opera’s production of Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In September 2013, San Francisco Opera staged a remarkable production of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, and KQED viewers have an opportunity to watch a recorded broadcast of this production tomorrow evening, August 24.   Read more ….

 

Merola Grand Finale brings Summer Festival to a close

Artists of the 2017 Merola Opera Program – photo: Kristen Loken

The Merola Opera Program  – regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the United States – presents the Grand Finale of its Summer Festival at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday evening.   Read more ….

 

‘Something Rotten!’ opens at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre

The cast of ‘Something Rotten!’ which opens in San Francisco this week – Photo: Jeremy Daniel

There’s a new Broadway hit opening at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre this week – Something Rotten! – described by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years”.   Read more

 

UnderCover Presents showcases Bay Area talent at SFJAZZ

Poster for UnderCover Presents at SFJAZZ this week – Courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ winds up its Summer Sessions this week with an eclectic set of concerts, over four nights, staged by a group which goes by the name of UnderCover Presents. This collective – which has been in existence since 2010 – hit upon the brilliant idea of bringing together musicians from all round the Bay Area to “celebrate the influence of classic albums”, as they describe it.   Read more ….

 

San Francisco Opera steals the show

San Francisco Opera’s 2012 production of Verdi’s ‘Attila’ – Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera takes to the airwaves this week, with a televised performance of Verdi’s Attila on KQED Public Television tomorrow evening, and a radio broadcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on Classical KDFC on Sunday. And there’s more, as the SF Opera Merola Program presents two live performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.   Read more ….

 

All-Russian program with Valčuha and

the San Francisco Symphony

Slovak conductor Yuraj Valčuha leads the San Francisco Symphony in an all-Russian program – Photo courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha makes a very welcome return to Davies Symphony Hall this week as he leads the San Francisco Symphony in an all-Russian program, with guest artist Benjamin Beilman playing the magnificent Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The concert opens with Glazunov’s delightful Concert Waltz No 1, and closes with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.   Read more …

 

Kick up your heels at ‘La Cage aux Folles’!

Georges (Ryan Drummond) announces the night’s entertainment at La Cage aux Folles – Photo Jessica Palopoli

La Cage aux Folles – the latest production at San Francisco Playhouse – is a blast! Winner of six Tony Awards – including Best Musical – it’s fun and colorful, has some wonderful numbers, exuberant dance routines, plenty of humor – and just enough poignant moments to give us pause for thought, and indulge in a bit of introspection.   Read more ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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