‘The Accompanist’ – all is not as it seems


Romane Bohringer as Sophie in ‘The Accompanist’ © Sony Pictures Classics

 The Accompanist, this week’s movie at the San Francisco Alliance Française, focuses on the relationship which develops, in wartime Paris, between a young pianist and her employer, a famed opera singer. Based on the novel by Nina Berberova, the film is directed by Claude Miller, and stars Romane Bohringer, Elena Safonova and Richard Bohringer (the Bohringers are father and daughter).   Read more ….

Looking Through the Lens –

a San Francisco Opera retrospective


A scene from Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ (2013), with Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele and Ramon Vargas as Faust © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In 2022, San Francisco Opera celebrates its Centennial – and the first event in the public celebration of this historic anniversary is the permanent photographic exhibition which opens next week in the Diane B Wilsey Center for Opera – leaving us in no doubt that the centenary of the oldest surviving opera company on the West Coast will be marked in grand style.   Read more ….


Cannes celebrates 2016 Festival de l’Art Russe


© frenchriviera-tourism.com

Since 1998, the City of Cannes has hosted an annual celebration of the artistic creativity of Russia – the Festival de l’Art Russe – which was established to develop the intercultural exchange between Russia and France, marking the historic friendship which exists between the two countries.   Read more ….

Concert under the stars –

Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble


The Silk Road Ensemble © Jennifer Taylor

Making a welcome return to UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater this week is world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who brings with him a group of musicians and composers who take the greatest delight in their music-making – the Silk Road Ensemble.   Read more ….


SFJAZZ highlights Cuban masters of the keyboard


Gonzalo Rubalcaba – courtesy SFJAZZ

If you love the music of Cuban jazz pianists, then SFJAZZ is the place to be this week, with a series of concerts by some of the island’s  finest – Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Fabian Almazán, Alfredo Rodríguez, Harold Nussa-López and Aldo López-Gavilán – and each performance features a special guest appearance by Cuban percussion master Pedrito Martinez.    Read more ….


San Francisco Opera’s ‘Celebrating David’

airs on Classical KDFC



David Gockley © Cory Weaver

On Classical KDFC they refer to Sunday evening as “the night that sings” – and this coming Sunday voices will soar, as the Bay Area’s classical music radio station broadcasts San Francisco Opera’s gala concert in honor of the Company’s retiring General Director, David Gockley.  Marking the culmination of Gockley’s 10 years at the helm of one of the country’s greatest opera companies, Celebrating David was a star-studded event which took place at the  War Memorial Opera House in mid-June, and on August 7, listeners to KDFC can hear a broadcast of this historic event.  Read more …


From classic to contemporary –

San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove Festival


Davit Karapetyan and Vanessa Zahorian in Balanchine’s ‘Theme and Variations’ © Erik Tomasson

The versatility of San Francisco Ballet will be on display this weekend as the Company presents four works at its annual performance at the Stern Grove Festival. Sunday’s program features Act II from Helgi Tomasson’s production of Swan Lake, his 2005 creation The Fifth Season, the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and Rubies from George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels. Martin West will lead the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.   Read more ….


‘Innovative and unique’ – Lila Downs at SFJAZZ


Lila Downs – courtesy SFJAZZ

Following her highly acclaimed appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival earlier this month, Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs brings to SFJAZZ this week her particular blend of international sounds and styles – what the Los Angeles Times describes as “a stunning voice” and “a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots”.  Read more ….


Three great concerts from the San Francisco Symphony


Madeleine Peyroux © Mary Ellen Mark

If you’ve only one opportunity this week to spend an evening with conductor Edwin Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony, you’re going to have a hard time deciding which of three concerts to attend. On offer are An Evening in Paris with Madeleine Peyroux, a Russian Celebration – with the music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich – and a performance featuring two of America’s greatest composers – George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.  Spoilt for choice!   Read more ….

Summer Concerts under the stars

at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco


The Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace, Monaco © Monaco Press Centre

Is there any more magical or awe-inspiring venue for a symphony concert than the Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, under a starlit sky?   Read more ….





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