Behzod Abduraimov debuts with MTT
& 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
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
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’
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
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 ……
A look at what’s on in San Francisco this week. Read more ….
Boreyko & Gluzman celebrate Bernstein with
San Francisco Symphony
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ……
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
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 Candide! Read 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
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 and the San Francisco Symphony say farewell to 2017 on a high note. Read more ….
‘The Nutcracker’ – still a sparkling Christmas tradition
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!
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’
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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 ….