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Fall 2017 Arts Preview: Classical

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San Francisco Performances opens its season with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard performing an All-Bernstein Centennial program on Oct. 1 at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Becca Fay)
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Virtuosity abounds – with chamber ensembles, orchestras, soloists and grand opera. Here are some upcoming events, in chronological order.

Turandot: San Francisco Opera opens its season with Puccini’s masterpiece about the courtship of a princess by a mysterious stranger, featuring Martina Serafin and Brian Jagde. Sept. 8-Sept. 30. $26-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

La Circe: Ars Minerva stages the forgotten 1665 Italian opera by Pietro Andrea Ziani, inspired by Circe, the goddess and Greek mythology. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8-9. $25-$86. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.arsminerva.org

Steinway Society: Los Angeles pianist Sean Chen opens the season with a concert of works by Chopin, Ravel, Mompou and Medtner. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $40-$60. Trianon Theatre, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose, www.steinwaysociety.com

Elektra: S.F. Opera presents English director Keith Warner’s modern staging of Strauss’ large work starring Christine Goerke in the title role. Sept. 9-Sept. 27. $26-$398. 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. 10, free. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.sfopera.com

Liederabend Series Gala Opening: The “Evenings of Song” season programming begins with mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich and the Alexander String Quartet performing three Mahler song cycles. 5 p.m. Sept. 10. $45-$100. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F., www.liederalive.org

Bay Shore Lyric Opera: Bizet’s “Carmen,” in French with English supertitles, is part of the Opera in the Parks series. 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.bslopera.com

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Sept. 14. $190-$300. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

San Francisco Conservatory Centennial Celebration: Eric Dudley conducts Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Wind Instruments,” Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” and faculty member Mason Bates’ “Icarian Rhapsody.” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. $15-$20. 50 Oak St., S.F., www.sfcm.edu

California Pops Orchestra: The season begins with “Tribute to the Big Bands.” 3 p.m. Sept. 17. $20-$55. Flint Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. www.ticketmaster.com

Chanticleer: The male chorus performs “Heart of a Soldier,” a program of early music of war and peace, martial music from Russia, works by Glinka, new music by Mason Bates, John Musto and Jennifer Higdon and popular music from the home front. 8 p.m. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. Sept. 24. $20-$60. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Bernstein at 100: The San Francisco Symphony pays tribute to American composer Leonard Bernstein in a program of Broadway and classic music featuring guest vocalists and the S.F. Symphony Choir. 8 p.m. Sept. 22-23, 2 p.m. Sept. 24. $45-$159. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The group opens its 26th season in a concert with British violinist Daniel Hope in his first appearances as artistic partner, leading works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn and soloing in a co-commissioned violin concerto by Alan Fletcher. 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Sept. 23. $29-$61. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

La Traviata: San Francisco Opera presents Aurelia Florian, Atalla Ayan and Artur Rucinski in their company debuts in Verdi’s classic. Sept. 23-Oct. 17. $26-$398. War Memorial, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

California Symphony: In the season opener “Lyrical Dreams,” Donato Cabrera conducts works by Barber, Mahler and the West Coast premiere of the full orchestra version of Nathaniel Stookey’s “Yield To Total Elation.” 4 p.m. Sept. 24. $42-$72. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.californiasymphony.org

Isabel Leonard: San Francisco Performances opens its season with the mezzo-soprano performing an All-Bernstein Centennial program honoring the composer’s role in bringing European traditions into the American idiom. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $40-$65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.performances.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Director Nicholas McGegan leads the U.S. premiere of “The Judas Passion,” a co-commission written by Sally Beamish for period instruments and voices that asks: “Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?” Oct. 4 at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford; Oct. 6 at Herbst Theatre, S.F. and Oct. 7-8 at First Congregational, Berkeley; $28-98. https://philharmonia.org/

San Francisco Performances Gala: Soprano Deborah Voigt appears in the 38th season black-tie optional fund-raiser. 6 p.m. Oct. 5. $400. Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., S.F., sfperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony with Krzysztof Urbanski: The Polish conductor leads the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, and works by Janácek, Dvorak and Smetana in programs with varied soloists. Oct. 6-8, Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 19-21. $15-$153. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Yekwon Sunwoo: The piano virtuoso and 2017 Cliburn Gold Medalist appears, presented by the Steinway Society. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $40-$60. McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, www.steinwaysociety.com

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: The group honors “neglected” Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg with a performance of his Clarinet Sonata and new works written in tribute to him. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Riccardo Muti conducts in a residency with three different programs. 8 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 3 p.m. Oct. 15. $40-$175. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Yamandu Costa: The Brazilian seven-string guitar virtuoso appears in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $35-$55. Herbst Theatre, 410 Van Ness Ave., S.F., http://omniconcerts.com/concerts/

Oakland Symphony: The 29th season opens with music director Michael Morgan conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. $25-$90. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandsymphony.org

The Aulos Ensemble: The group playing period instruments performs “Handel and His World,” a concert of works by Handel, Purcell and Telemann. Oct. 20 in Palo Alto, Oct. 21 in Berkeley, and 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., $15-$50, www.sfems.org

Jason Vieaux: The guitarist and bandoneonist Julien Labro play works by Piazzolla, Arvo Pärt, Pat Metheny and others, infusing classical music with tango and jazz. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. $35-$55. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.performances.org

Music at Kohl: The 35th season begins with Calidore String Quartet, winner of chamber music’s largest cash prize, playing works by Haydn, Hindemith and Beethoven. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. $20-$50. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, www.musicatkohl.org

André Rieu: The violinist and conductor is known as the “maestro for the masses.” 8 p.m. Oct. 24. $65-$99. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, www.ticketmaster.com

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The season opens with “Philip Glass and the Class of ’37,” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Price TBA. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfgirlschorus.org

Creative Traditional Orchestra of Korea: The flagship orchestra of Korea’s ancient National Gugak Center appears in separate ticketed events: an afternoon program of local premieres of commissions by contemporary composers, and an evening program of traditional Korean court and folk music. 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 28. $20-$56. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Mariinsky Orchestra’s Stradivarius Ensemble: Virtuoso Behzod Abduraimov plays Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a bill with Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $15-$50. Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, http://live.stanford.edu/

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
: Zubin Mehta, who recently announced his retirement, conducts Amit Poznansky’s “Footnote,” Suite from the Motion Picture; Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Schubert’s Symphony in C major. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. $70-$180. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Mariinsky Orchestra: Valery Gergiev conducts two programs of Russian music, with guest pianist Denis Matsuev. 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 3 p.m. Nov. 5. $20-$125. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Manon: The S.F. Opera production features soprano Ellie Dehn and tenor Michael Fabiano in a new staging of Jules Massenet’s opera of young love and passion. Nov. 4-22. $26-$398. War Memorial, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

Whole Sol Festival: The Del Sol Quartet, known for its dedication to varied music, celebrates its 25th anniversary with world premieres and guest performers Terry Riley, Gyan Riley and Gabriela Lena Frank. 8 p.m. Nov. 16-18. $25-$75. Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.delsolquartet.com

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