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

Leonard Bernstein – courtesy San Francisco 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 CandideRead 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

Chris Botti – courtesy 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 conducts the San Francisco Symphony – © Bill Swerbenski

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

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Tomasson’s ‘Nutcracker’ – © Erik Tomasson

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!

The “wimps” (Mario Gianni Herrera, David Rukin, Jonah Broscow, Panita Serizawa, Charlotte Ying Levy, and Chloe Dalzell) wait for the day payback will come to their bullies

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’

Baritone Nathan Gunn as Papageno in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ – Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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

San Francisco Symphony presents ‘Music for Families’ – Photo courtesy San Francisco Symphony

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

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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