Categories: Arts Calendar

Fall 2018 Arts Preview: Classical

A wide array of chamber, choral, operatic and symphonic music fills concert halls.

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala: Violinist Itzhak Perlman joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a concert of works by Gershwin, Liszt, Bach and movie music. 8 p.m. Sept. 5. $190-$325. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

San Francisco Conservatory Faculty Artist Series: Violinist Ian Swensen plays works by Beethoven, Ravel and Smetana. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Free. 50 Oak St., S.F.,

Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci: San Francisco Opera opens its season with Italian works: Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” with mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Roberto Aronica and baritone Dimitri Platanias and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” with soprano Lianna Haroutounian, tenor Marco Berti and baritone David Pershall. Sept. 7-Sept. 30. $26-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Roberto Devereux: San Francisco Opera stages Gaetano Donizetti’s drama of Tudor-era England with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and tenor Russell Thomas in the title role. Sept. 8-Sept. 27. $26-$398. Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Opera in the Park: San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the company’s fall season appear in the annual outdoor performance. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9, free. Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,

Bay Shore Lyric Opera: Mozart’s comic opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” is part of the Opera in the Parks series. 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City,

Yuja Wang: The pianist plays Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand, joining Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in a concert with Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Castiglioni’s “Inverno in-ver.” 8 p.m. Sept. 13-15, 2 p.m. Sept. 16. $32-$169. Davies Hall, S.F.,

Steinway Society: Moscow-born, Salzburg-based Zlata Chochieva opens the season with “The Romantic Pianist: Inspiration and Evolution,” including works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $40-$60. Trianon Theatre, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose,

Alexander String Quartet: Morrison Artists Series presents the San Francisco ensemble in a program of music by Mozart, Penderecki and Mendelssohn. 3 p.m., Sept. 16. Free. McKenna Theater, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.,

Cappella SF: The professional choral group presents “A Journey through Centuries of British Music” in two concerts. 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland; and 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Mission Dolores Basilica, Dolores and 16th streets, S.F., $20-$45.

Liederabend Series Opening: “New Songs, New World” features mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Ricardo Ballestero performing music by Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) and his muses: Brahms, Chausson and Grieg. 5 p.m. Sept. 16. $20-$75. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.,

S.F. Symphony Stravinsky Festival: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts two programs: “The Firebird” and “Persephone” on Sept. 21-23 and “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” on Sept. 27-30. $35-$125. Davies Hall, S.F.,

California Symphony: Charlie Albright plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in “Beethoven and Bernstein.” 4 p.m. Sept. 23. $42-$72. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek,

Golden Gate Philharmonic: In the benefit, faculty and friends from San Francisco’s youth orchestra play Mozart, Mendelssohn and new works from Bay Area composers Alden Jenks and Stephen Damonte, who will attend. 4 p.m. Sept. 23. $5-$25. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.,

San Francisco Performances’ Gala: The 39th season opens with Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with trumpeter Sean Jones and violinist Regina Carter, preceded by a reception and followed by dinner. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $500. Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Chitresh Das Institute: “Noor-The Path of Light” is a collaboration between tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and the Lian Ensemble, an Iranian musical group with Houman Pourmehdi with Pirayeh Pourafar on tar and vocalist Alireza Shahmohamadi. 8 p.m. Sept. 29, 2 p.m. Sept. 30. $25-$100. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.,

Livermore Valley Opera: Mozart’s comic opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio” is directed by Eugene Brancoveanu. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct 6, 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. $43-$90. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore,

San Francisco Conservatory Kickoff Weekend Chamber Concert: The student and faculty strings and piano program includes works by Beethoven, Janacek and Dutilleux. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 50 Oak St., S.F.,

California Pops Orchestra: The 30th season begins with a big band and Broadway concert. 3 p.m. Sept. 30. $20-$55. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

SF Music Day 2018: At the 11th annual event, 37 groups — string quartets, jazz combos, new music pioneers, chamber groups and more — perform on four stages; this year’s theme is “Colors of the Keyboard.” Noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Yo-Yo Ma: Cal Performances presents the cello great in a sold-out performance of “The Complete Bach Suites.” 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley,

Berkeley Symphony: Ming Luke conducts works by Barber, Higdon, Clyne and Ravel in the season opening concert with violinist Benjamin Beilman. 7 p.m. Oct. 4. $15-$74. Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus,

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Director Nicholas McGegan leads the period instrument group and voices in “Mozart Magnified.” Oct. 3 at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford; Oct. 5 at Herbst Theatre, S.F. and Oct. 6-7 at First Congregational, Berkeley; $32-$120.

Tosca: San Francisco Opera’s new production of the Puccini work features Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio in her company debut in the title role. Oct. 3-30. $26-$398. War Memorial, S.F.,

Max Richter: Cal Performances presents the electro-acoustic composer-pianist and American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing “Infra” and music from “The Leftovers.” 8 p.m. Oct. 5. $21-$58. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus,

Dover Quartet: “Made in America” includes works by Britten, Bartók and Dvořák.7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $45-$70. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: “Singing the Gamut,” a program of works that amplify the gamut of emotions, includes music by Jon Deak, Bellini, Bachelet, Mario Davidovsky, Sheila Silver, Jonathan Favero and Charles Peck, the group’s 2018 composition contest winner. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $30-$35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.,

Tenet Vocal Artists: The New York-based early music vocal ensemble collaborates with Baroque instrumental ensemble Quicksilver in a program of Italian Baroque music. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $45-$65. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.,

Richard Savino: San Francisco Early Music Society presents the guitarist and lutenist in “El Mundo,” a program journeying from Castilian courts and cathedrals to Peru, Mexico and Guatemala. Oct. 12 in Palo Alto, Oct. 12 in Berkeley, and 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, S.F., $15-$50,

Oakland Symphony: The 30th season opens with music director Michael Morgan conducting Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Stewart Goodyear playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. 8 p.m. Oct. 12. $25-$90. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

Sharon Isbin, Romero Lubambo: The Grammy winning classical guitarist and Brazilian jazz master play an array of guitar music in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. $40-$60. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

Vladimir Ovchinniko: The winner of International Tchaikovsky and the Leeds Competitions plays Rachmaninoff. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. $40-$60. McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga,

Ives Collective: Violinists Roy Malan and Susan Freier, violist Melissa Matson, viola, cellist Stephen Harrison, pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi and clarinetist Carlos Ortega play works by Peter Schickele, Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. 4 p.m. Oct. 14. $5-$25. Old First Church, S.F.,

Music at Kohl: The 36th season begins with San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet playing works by Mozart, Penderecki and Beethoven. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. $20-$50. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame,

St. Lawrence Quartet: The ensemble plays works by Beethoven, Messiaen and, with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, the Mendelssohn Sextet. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. $15-$68. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University,

Arabella: San Francisco Opera presents soprano Ellie Dehn and baritone Brian Mulligan in Strauss’ romantic work, with German conductor Marc Albrecht in his premiere American operatic opera engagement. Oct. 16-Nov. 3. $26-$398. War Memorial, S.F.,

Chanticleer: The male a cappella chorus’ 40th anniversary gala and reunion concert includes performances, archival audio-visuals and special guests. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $100-$500. Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The group opens its 40th season with a showcase saluting French composer Nadia Boulanger led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guest tenor Nicholas Phan; the program also offers works by Copland, Bernstein, Barber, Conte and Talma. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $28-$42. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players: “Carter and Beyond: Invention and Inspiration” celebrates the music of Elliott Carter, with pre- and post-concert festivities. 4 p.m. Oct. 20. $15-$35. Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Kronos Quartet: The new music ensemble plays compositions from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, countries that were the subject of 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the U.S. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. $32-$52. Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University,

Mariinsky Orchestra: Valery Gergiev leads the orchestra and pianist Denis Matsuev in two concerts: on Sunday, with works by Stravinsky; on Monday, works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Mahler. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Oct. 22. $32-$99. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Seong-Jin Cho: The Korean pianist and 2015 Chopin Competition Gold Medalist plays music by Bach, Schumann, Chopin and Mussorgsky. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $45-$75. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

Yamandu Costa: The Brazilian seven-string guitar virtuoso and bassist-composer Gutto Wirtti appear in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $40-$60. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: The group’s 40th anniversary concert includes “When We No Longer Touch,” a 1991 requiem dedicated to individuals lost to AIDS with guest soprano Ellie Dehn. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. $35-$60. St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 650 Parker Ave., S.F.,

Daniel Hope: The violinist and ensemble of string players appear in “Air: A Baroque Journey,” a program spanning three centuries, with works by Handel, Falconieri, Vivaldi and Jean-Marie Leclair. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. $45-$70. Herbst Theatre,S.F.,

Jean-Guihen Queyras: The French cellist plays Bach’s suites for solo cello based on Baroque dance forms in two different programs. 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28. $45-$75. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

New Century Chamber Orchestra: British violinist Anthony Marwood is guest concertmaster for Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings” and Sally Beamish’s “Seavaigers.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $29-$61. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.,

Jordi Savall: In ‘The Routes of Slavery,” the composer, viola da gambist and historian gathers dancers, singers and musicians to pay homage to the music of Europe, Africa and the Americas. 4 p.m. Nov 4. $32-$102. Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University,

Daniel Barenboim: The conductor and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra — a group of Arab and Israeli musicians — make their West Coast debut. 3 p.m. Nov. 10. $25-$275. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus,

Saint Michael Trio: In “Warning: May Cause Mood Swings,” violinist Robin Sharp, pianist Russell Hancock and cellist Michael Flexer play a mixed repertoire of classical and pop. 3 p.m. Nov. 11. $20-$38. Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra: Semyon Bychkov conducts Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 and Alisa Weilerstein in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. $35-$99. Davies Hall, S.F.,

The Art of Song: The San Francisco Performances Series’ “Carnival of the Animals” features baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Audrey Saint-Gil performing works by Poulenc and Ravel and comic songs from the British music hall. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $45-$70. Herbst Theatre, S.F.,

Requiem Mass-A Queer Divine Rite: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller in honor of those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression.7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17. $16.50-$36.50. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.,

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