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2015 Fall Arts Classical and Dance Preview

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San Francisco Opera’s season opens with Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” (Courtesy Ken Friedman/San Francisco Opera)

Bay area stages will be filled with performing artists of local, national and international acclaim — dance, sing and play on!

Chick Corea: SFJAZZ opens its season with the piano great in four different concerts, solo and with collaborators. Sept. 10-13, $45-$120. 201 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfjazz.org

Lenora Lee Dance: The troupe presents “Fire of Freedom,” a new multimedia immersive dance piece. Sept. 10-20, $16-$30. General Residence, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.fortmason.org

Luisa Miller
: San Francisco Opera opens its season with Verdi’s tragic opera of troubled love amid political corruption. Sept. 11-Sept. 27, $26-$381. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Lizz Roman & Dancers: In the site-specific “This Beautiful Space: Dancing@Civicorps,” the dancers move through the stairs, railings, ladders, alcoves and rooftops of a building housing a job training center. Sept. 11-26, $25. Civicorps, 1425 Fifth St., Oakland, www.lizzromananddancers.com

Sweeney Todd: San Francisco Opera stages Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical thriller for the first time. Sept. 12-Sept. 29, $26-$381. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Opera in the Park: San Francisco Opera vocalists appear in the annual outdoor performance, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, free. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.sfopera.com

Smuin Ballet: The program includes premieres by choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood as well as Ma Cong’s 2010 “French Twist” and Michael Smuin’s “Bouquet.” Sept. 18-19 at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts; Sept. 24-27 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; Oct.1-4 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts; $24-$67, www.smuinballet.org

PUSHfest: Two programs in the mixed-genre festival showcase dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers as well as work by the PUSH Company, directed by Raissa Simpson. 8 p.m. Sept.18-19, 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 20. $15-$30. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.pushdance.org

New Century Chamber Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera soprano Ailyn Pérez appears in a concert of works by Russian composers. 8 p.m. Sept. 19, $29-$61. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

West Wave Dance Festival: “Cultural Destinations,” the 24th event presented by SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts (a group promoting both new and established choreographers) features more than 32 artists and 20 premieres in five days. 8 p.m. Sept. 23-27, $15-$20. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

Amara Tabor-Smith
: The dance maker’s newest project “EarthBodyHOME” is influenced by Cuban-born visual and performance artist Ana Mendieta’s spiritual “earth body” sculptures. 8 p.m. Sept. 24-26, $30-$45. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

Joe Goode Performance Group: “Poetics of Space” is a dance-theater piece inspired by a book by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, which examines the psychological dimensions of domestic space. Sept. 24-Oct. 11, $40-$75. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., www.zspace.org

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala: Patrick Stewart, baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Alexandra Silber join Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra in a program of Broadway classics. 8 p.m. Sept. 24, $170-$300. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Chanticleer: The male chorus performs “Pierrot Lunaire,” a commission by composer Nico Muhly. 8 p.m. Sept. 25, $20-$60. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

San Francisco Symphony with Daniil Trifonov
: The pianist plays Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in a program also with works by Ravel, Rossini and Respighi. 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26, $15-$158, Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers: Works by seven dancemakers are featured in the second annual event. 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26, 6 p.m. Sept. 27, $25-$50. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F., www.flaccdanza.org

Jo Kreiter: Needles to Thread: The off-the-ground dance production suspended between buildings in a Tenderloin alley takes on the issue of wage security for women through the story of San Francisco’s garment workers and is the third in a trilogy of site­-specific aerial dances about urban poverty. 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 1-3 and Oct 8-10, free. Dale Place, near 255 Golden Gate Ave., S.F., flyawayproductions.com

Oakland Symphony
: The 22nd season opens with a West Coast premiere by Bay Area composer Mason Bates. 8 p.m. Oct. 2, $20-$70. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandsymphony.org

Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: The world-class Russian group performs Alexi Ratmansky’s 2002 “Cinderella” with music by Prokofiev. 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 3 p.m. Oct.4, $45-$175. Zellerbach Auditorium, off Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley, www.calperformances.org

Lucia di Lammermoor: San Francisco Opera presents a new production of Donizetti’s tragic lyric opera. Oct. 8–28, $26-$381. War Memorial, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Rosy Simas Danse: The Native American choreographer presents the Bay Area premiere of “We Wait in Darkness,” a multimedia solo poem-dance that recounts painful family and tribal history in an effort to heal scars of the past. 8 p.m. Oct. 8-10, $30-$45. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Nicholas McGegan leads Scarlatti’s “La Gloria di Primavera.” 8 p.m. Oct. 9, $25-$105. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Sankai Juku
: The contemporary Butoh troupe, not seen in the Bay Area since 2010, performs “Umusuna-Memories Before History,” which presenters call “ a breathtaking vision of the creation of the Earth.” 7:30 p.m. Oct 9-10, 4 p.m. Oct.11, $40-$70. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Kronos Quartet: The ensemble appears in the world premiere of “My Lai,” composer Jonathan Berger’s Monodrama for Tenor, String Quartet and Vietnamese Instruments. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, $39-$65. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, live.stanford.edu

Kazuhito Yamashita: The guitar virtuoso appears in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10, $40. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Sir András Schiff: The pianist plays “The Last Sonatas” by Hadyn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. $35-$99. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. www.sfperformances.org

Risa Jaroslow & Dancers
: The formerly New York-based dancemaker presents her 2006 piece “Resist/Surrender” and the premiere of “Four Dialogues: A Solo,” her collaboration with choreographers Laura Arrington, Christian Burns, Katie Faulkner and Keith Hennessy. 8 p.m. Oct. 15-17, 3 p.m. Oct. 18, $25. ODC Theater, 2153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu: The Hawaiian troupe celebrates its 30th anniversary with “Kanakolu-30 Years of Hula.” Oct. 17-25, $35-$40. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

San Francisco Trolley Dances: The moving showcase of live performances follows Muni’s T-Line from Mission Bay to the Bayview and features more half a dozen site-specific works along the route. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and run every 45 minutes through 2:45 p.m. Oct. 17-18, $2.25 (Muni fare). Start at Bay View Boat Club, 489 Terry A. Francois Blvd., S.F., www.epiphanydance.org/work/trolley-dances

Anonymous 4: The a cappella group appears in the first of two farewell concerts. 7 p.m. Oct. 17, $50-$70. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Liss Fain Dance: The world-premiere “Your Story Was This” is a performance installation inspired by two short poems by Jane Hirshfield, “China” and ‘It Was Like This: You Were Happy.” 8 p.m. Oct. 22-24, 2 p.m. Oct. 25, $20-$35. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.,S.F., www.odcdance.org

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: The concert features premieres of new works by composer-performer pairs Eric Zivian/Jerome Simas and John MacCallum/Stacey Pelinka along with works by Brahms, Francis Poulenc and Kaija Saariaho. 8 p.m. Oct. 26, $30-$35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

Thomas Adès & Gloria Cheng: The pianists appear in a San Francisco Performances concert celebrating the return to the Herbst Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, $40-$70. 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The early music ensemble TENET joins the group for the season opening concert of music composed by and for women in Italian monasteries in the 17th century. 8 p.m. Oct. 30, $18-$65. Mission Dolores, 3321 16th St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: The contemporary troupe stages a world-premiere collaboration between San Francisco-based choreographer King and vocalist Lisa Fischer. Nov. 6-15, $30-$100. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Howard St., S.F., www.linesballet.org

Dance Theatre of San Francisco: The troupe’s first program presented under new artistic direction of Dexandro “D” Montalvo includes premieres by Montalvo, Amy Seiwert and the reprisal of Robert Moses’ “Toward September.” 8 p.m. Nov.6-7, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, $25-$45. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.dancetheatresf.org

Hope Mohr Dance: “Rewriting Dance,” a workshop and performance series, includes contributions from Jeanine Durning, Deborah Hay, Alva Noe, Michele Steinwald and other local choreographers exploring the intersections between language and movement. Nov. 6-8, $20-$150. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.hopemohr.org

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