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Fall 2016 Performing Arts Preview: Classical and Dance

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Deborah Karp is among the choreographers featured in West Wave Dance Festival’s ”25 Artists for 25 Years” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lynne Fried)

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San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala
: Renée Fleming and Susan Graham join Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a concert of American and Italian songs. 8 p.m. Sept. 7. $180-$300. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Andrea Chénier: San Francisco Opera opens its season with Sir David McVicar’s new production of Giordano’s work about lovers caught up in the turbulence of the French Revolution. Sept. 9-Sept. 30, $31-$397. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Amaranth Quartet: The eclectic string ensemble plays works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Erwin Schulhoff and Debussy. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, free. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F., www.amaranthquartet.com

Old First Concerts: Friction Quartet premieres Brian Baumbusch’s “Three Elements” in a program with Ravel’s String Quartet, Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3 and Garth Knox’s “Satellites.” 8 p.m. Sept. 9, $20. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Dream of the Red Chamber: S.F. Opera presents the premiere of Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and co-librettist David Henry Hwang’s work based on Cao Xueqin’s classic 18th–century novel, an epic family saga depicting life during the Qing Dynasty. Sept. 10-Sept. 29, $26-$417. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Opera in the Park: S.F. Opera Music director Nicola Luisotti conducts the opera orchestra and stars from the company’s fall season in the annual outdoor performance. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11, free. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.sfopera.com

Steve Reich: An American Maverick: The San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, guitarist Derek Johnson and conservatory students play works by the modern composer. 7 p.m. Sept. 11. $15-$94. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

West Wave Dance Festival: ”25 Artists for 25 Years” features 25 world premieres, including works by emerging and established choreographers such as Deborah Karp, Graham Lustig, Mary Carbonara, Kendra Kimbrough and Milissa Payne. 8 p.m. Sept. 14-18, $15-$20. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The group’s 25th season opens with the local debut of New York Philharmonic artist-in-association, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, along with works by Webern, Glass and Heidrich. 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Sept. 17, $29-$61. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

New Esterházy Quartet: The chamber group explores connections between Mozart and Haydn in “Padre, Guida, ed Amico!” 4 p.m. Sept. 17, $30. First Unitarian Universalist Chapel, 1187 Franklin St., S.F., www.newesterhazy.org

Flyaway Productions: The apparatus-based dance company presents “Grace and Delia are Gone,” a site-specific piece exploring the issue of violence against women through the lens of murder ballads. 8 p.m. Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29-30, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, $22-$30. Firehouse, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., flyawayproductions.com

S.F. Symphony with Michael Fabiano: The concert includes arias featuring the star tenor, along with Berio’s Sinfonia for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra (with The Swingle Singers), Marcello’s Oboe Concerto with principal oboe Eugene Izotov, and Verdi’s “Te Deum.” 8 p.m. Sept. 22-24, $30-$162, Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Chanticleer: The male chorus performs “My Secret Heart,” a concert of songs from many centuries focusing on emotions — from fond to foolish to feverish and forbidden. 8 p.m. Sept. 23-34, $20-$60. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

PUSHfest: The mixed-genre festival showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers and offers the premiere of “Mothership (Part I)” by the PUSH Company, directed by Raissa Simpson. 8 p.m. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Sept. 24, 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 25, $15-$50. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.pushdance.org

Jess Curtis/Gravity and Claire Cunningham: The premiere “The Way You Look (at me) Tonight” combines performance, original live music and video in a piece that probes the ways people perceive each other. Sept. 29-Oct. 9, $20-$35. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.counterpulse.org

Smuin Ballet: The program includes a world premiere by Garrett Ammon, the local premiere of Stanton Welch’s “Indigo” and Michael Smuin’s “Stabat Mater,” Sept. 23-24 at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts; Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts; $25-$68, www.smuinballet.org

Lenora Lee Dance: The troupe premieres “The Eye of Compassion,” billed as “a new multimedia immersive dance experience.” 7:30 and 9 p.m., Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2, $20-$35. Donaldina Cameron House, 920 Sacramento St., S.F.. www.LenoraLeeDance.com

Don Pasquale: S.F. Opera presents American tenor Lawrence Brownlee in his main stage company debut alongside bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro in the title role of Donizetti’s comic opera. Sept. 28-Oct. 15, $26-$360. War Memorial, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Layla and Majnun: The Cal Performances’ co-commission premiere is a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Silk Road Ensemble and Azerbaijani vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 3 p.m. Oct. 2, $36-$126. Zellerbach Auditorium, off Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley, www.calperformances.org

Hope Mohr Dance Bridge Project: “Ten Artists Respond to Locus” includes a performance of Trisha Brown’s iconic 1975 dance along with premieres in other disciplines (music, dance, poetry, visuals) inspired by the piece. 8 p.m., Oct 14-15, $25-$50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Oakland Symphony: Bass-baritone Hadleigh Adams sings Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” and the Delphi Trio performs Paul Juon’s “Episodes Concertantes” on a program with Clark Suprynowicz’s “Red States, Blue States” and Elgar’s “In the South.” 8 p.m. Oct. 14, $20-$75. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandsymphony.org

The Anata Project: The contemporary troupe premieres “Notjustmoreidlechatter,” a collaboration between choreographer Claudia Anata, composer Jonas Leuenberger and designer Michael Michalske. 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-22, $15-$20. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F., www.theanataproject.org

Brentano String Quartet, pianist Jonathan Biss: San Francisco Performances opens its season with an all-Beethoven chamber program. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, $40-$65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.performances.org

Dimensions Dance Theater: “Project Panther,” with choreography and text by Deborah Vaughan, revisits the history of the revolutionary, contentious, influential and often misunderstood Black Panther Party. 8 p.m. Oct. 15, $25-$35. Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu: The acclaimed, eclectic Hawaiian troupe’s “The Natives are Restless” features iconic numbers from the original 1998 production as well as 15 new choreographed pieces. 8 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, $35-$45. 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 Market Street lines from the Castro to the Financial District/South of Market 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. 15-16, $2.25 (Muni fare). Start at Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F., www.epiphanydance.org/work/trolley-dances

Music at Kohl: The season begins with the Jasper String Quartet playing works by Mozart, Bartók and Brahms 7 p.m. Oct. 16. $45-$48. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, www.musicatkohl.org

Welcome Home @ 40: ODC Theater celebrates its 40-year history with an exhibition, eight performances and a dance party. Oct. 18-30, $5-$45. 3153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org/welcomehome

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Nicholas McGegan leads Beethoven’s Concerto for Fortepiano No. 3 featuring Robert Levin and Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” 8 p.m. Oct. 21, $27-$108. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Tomatito Sextet: The flamenco guitar master appears in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, $45-$65. Herbst Theatre, 410 Van Ness Ave., S.F., http://omniconcerts.com/concerts/

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: The choral outfit Volti joins the group for “A Close Correspondence,” a program inspired by the art of letter writing. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, $30-$35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: The contemporary troupe stages a world-premiere collaboration between choreographer King and mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani, and the reprise of “Meyer,” a collaboration with bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer. Nov. 2-6, $35-$80. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Howard St., S.F., www.linesballet.org

Rainbow Logic
: Created by Eye Zen founder Seth Eisen, the multi-media production tells the story of dancer, choreographer, children’s book author and illustrator Remy Charlip. Nov. 4-20, $20-$35. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.counterpulse.org

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