Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic return to San Francisco

Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra – courtesy Opus 3 Artists

As part of its Great Performers series, the San Francisco Symphony welcomes back to Davies Symphony Hall the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yuri Temirkanov.   Read more ….

 

Antonacci sings ‘La Voix humaine’ for SF Opera Lab

Anna Caterina Antonacci with pianist Donald Sulzen in SF Opera Lab’s ‘La Voix humaine’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In a relatively rare performance outside of Europe, Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci stars in SF Opera Lab’s second presentation this season – La Voix humaine (The Human Voice) which has just opened at the Taube Atrium Theater.   Read more ….

‘Contemporary Voices’ make themselves heard at San Francisco Ballet

Dores André in Pita’s ‘Salome’ © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet’s second triple bill of the week takes the title Contemporary Voices –  and it’s just that, a program which gives a voice to three contemporary choreographers – Yuri Possokhov, Arthur Pita and Liam Scarlett, all of whom created the featured works specifically for the Company. Possokhov’s Fusion and Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries were both given their world premiere performances by San Francisco Ballet in previous seasons, and this year’s world premiere is Pita’s Salome.   Read more ….

Three faces of Balanchine from San Francisco Ballet

Joseph Walsh in Balanchine’s ‘Prodigal Son’ © Erik Tomasson Choreography by George Balanchine // © The Balanchine Trust

In a program with the arresting title Must-See Balanchine, San Francisco Ballet almost challenges you not to miss out on three very different facets of the versatility of George Balanchine – the choreographer who was recognized as a genius during his lifetime, still is to this day, and probably will be for all time.   Read more ….

Gautier Capuçon guests with MTT & San Francisco Symphony

French cellist Gautier Capuçon – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Internationally acclaimed French cellist Gautier Capuçon returns to Davies Symphony Hall this week as the guest soloist with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. He plays the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in a program which includes Tchaikovsky’s heart-melting Symphony No 6, Pathétique.   Read more ….

Josefowicz plays Adams’ ‘Scheherazade.2’ with MTT & San Francisco Symphony

Violinist Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee

In the second concert devoted to the celebration of John Adams’ 70th birthday, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are joined by violinist Leila Josefowicz for a performance of Adams’ Scheherazade.2, followed by MTT and the Symphony’s Grammy-winning interpretation of a suite from Prokofiev’s gorgeous ballet music for Romeo and Juliet.   Read more ….

Ted Hearne’s ‘The Source’ opens at SF Opera Lab

Mellissa Hughes in ‘The Source’ at SF Opera Lab © James Matthew Daniel

San Francisco Opera opens Season Two of its SF Opera Lab programs this week with a contemporary oratorio, The Source, by composer Ted Hearne – a work which has as its subject the dramatic 2010 release by US Army Private Manning of hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.  Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet presents North American premiere of Scarlett’s ‘Frankenstein’

Vitor Luiz in Scarlett’s ‘Frankenstein’ (© Erik Tomasson)

Lovers of ballet in San Francisco are to be treated to a new full-length work this week – San Francisco Ballet’s production of Frankenstein, by British choreographer Liam Scarlett. A co-production with The Royal Ballet, Frankenstein was inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1813 Gothic novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, and the ballet received its world premiere at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in May last year. This week, San Francisco Ballet brings the North American premiere to the War Memorial Opera House.   Read more ….

San Francisco Symphony celebrates John Adams at 70

Composer John Adams whose oratorio ‘The Gospel According to the Other Mary’ is presented by the San Francisco Symphony – photo courtesy San Francisco Symphony

John Adams, contemporary and ‘post-minimalist’ (his phrase) composer turns 70 this week. One of America’s best known and most frequently performed composers, Adams has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the San Francisco Symphony – the longest partnership he has had with a leading international orchestra during his career, and one which strengthened over the years as he became an internationally known and highly respected composer.   Read more …..

A church in turmoil at San Francisco Playhouse

Pastor Paul (Anthony Fusco) leads a sermon in ‘The Christians’ at San Francisco Playhouse  © Jessica Palopoli

Never discuss politics or religion with friends, they say – but if Lucas Hnath’s play, The Christians, is anything to go by, you should avoid discussing the fundamentals of religion in church as well, particularly beliefs and how they’re interpreted!   Read more …

San Francisco Ballet toasts a trio of Modern Masters

Lauren Strongin and Joseph Walsh in Ratmansky’s ‘Seven Sonatas’ © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet’s second program of the new season is every bit as diverse as the first. Another triple bill, it features two works which were seen in the 2016 season – Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts. Completing the triptych is Optimistic Tragedy, a world premiere by Choreographer in Residence, Yuri Possokhov.   Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet celebrates ‘The Joy of Dance’

Maria Kochetkova and Angelo Greco in Tomasson’s ‘Haffner Symphony’ © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet opened its 2017 season in celebratory style this week, with a program entitled The Joy of Dance.  A triple bill, it features  three diverse works – by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, by Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck.   Read more ….

Bringuier and Thibaudet guest with San Francisco Symphony

Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the San Francisco Symphony © Decca/Kasskara

The San Francisco Symphony hosts two widely acclaimed and very welcome French artists to Davies Symphony Hall this week – pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and conductor Lionel Bringuier, each in his own right a star turn – with a program of music by Kodály, Ravel and Beethoven.  Read more ….

SFJAZZ celebrates opening of 5th Anniversary Season

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Zakir Hussain who receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is pulling out all stops this week as it launches its 5th Anniversary Season with a series of star-studded concerts.  The celebrations open with a Gala Concert honoring Zakir Hussain, followed by four concerts with the theme ‘traditions in transition’ – each curated by a different jazz celebrity, and each paying tribute to an artist with long-standing links to the Bay Area.   Read more ….

MTT & San Francisco Symphony perform

Mahler’s ‘Das klagende Lied’

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It’s well known how dear to the heart of Michael Tilson Thomas is the work of Gustav Mahler, and this week MTT and the San Francisco Symphony delight in presenting to their audiences a program in which the main work is a semi-staged version of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied.   Read more ….

SFJAZZ hosts Chris Botti residency

1-chris-botti-videoChris Botti  © PBS

Direct from his regular holiday season residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Chris Botti arrives in San Francisco this week to take over the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ, with a repertoire which is as likely to include romantic and classical music as jazz and pop.   Read more …

‘On the Waterfront’ with the San Francisco Symphony

on-the-waterfront-posterPhotograph courtesy San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony, under guest conductor David Newman, continues its 2016-17 Film Series this week with a production which the American Film Institute declared to be “one of the greatest films of all time” – Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront.   Read more ….

Nice Opera presents Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

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Title page of the first edition of the piano score to Puccini’s opera ‘Tosca’, published by G. Ricordi – via Wikimedia Commons

Nice Opera heralds the new year with one of the world’s best loved operatic works – Giacomo Puccini’s tragic melodrama, Tosca.  A production by Marseille Opera, it stars Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva in the role of Floria Tosca, Asturian tenor Alejandro Roy as her lover Mario Cavaradossi, and Mexican baritone Carlos Almaguer sings Barone Scarpia, the unscrupulous general of the secret police.   Read more …

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