Fall arts 2014: Classical music

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COURTESY MARTY SOHL
Norma: The San Francisco Opera season opens with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.
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Operas, symphonies, new works and Baroque favorites: The Bay Area’s classical music scene has something for every music lover. Read on for the season’s highlights.

San Francisco Symphony opening gala: Bonnie Raitt, Yuja Wang and Michael Tilson Thomas launch the symphony season in style. 5 p.m. (gala dinners), 8 p.m. (concert) Sept. 3. $170-$300 for concert, more for gala events. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Norma: The San Francisco Opera season opens with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece. Sept. 5 (opening gala) through Sept. 30, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

Susannah: Patricia Racette sings the title role in the San Francisco Opera’s company premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s all-American opera. Sept. 6-21, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

Beethoven and Bates: MTT conducts a smooth pairing of Mason Bates’ “Alternative Energy” and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist. Sept. 10-13, $15-$158. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The season opening concert introduces new composer in residence Derek Bermel. 8 p.m. Sept. 13, $29-$61. S.F. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.ncco.org

Cameron Carpenter channels Brant: The sensational organist plays in Henry Brant’s “Ice Field”, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony in 2001. The program also includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Sept. 18-21, $15-$158. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Chanticleer: The acclaimed male choral group begins its season with “The Gypsy in My Soul,” a program of music on themes of wanderlust. 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, $20-$50. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.chanticleer.org

Steinway Society: The 20th annual series launches with a concert featuring American pianist Agustin Anievas playing Chopin and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, $40-$60. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, (408) 990-0872, www.SteinwaySociety.com

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: The classical-meets-comtemporary group opens its 2014-2015 season with a program called “Films and Interludes.” 8 p.m. Sept. 29, $15-$30. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., (415) 617-5223, www.leftcoastensemble.org

Christian Gerhaher: The German baritone makes his San Francisco recital debut in a concert opening San Francisco Performances’ 35th season. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, $45-$80. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., (415) 392-2545, www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Girls Chorus: “The Romantic Imagination,” featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu, includes works by Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert and more. 8 p.m. Oct. 4, $18-$36. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.sfgirlschorus.org

Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball): It’s a tale of two sopranos as Krassimira Stoyanova and Julianna Di Giacomo, both making San Francisco Opera debuts, alternate in the role of Amelia. Casting for Verdi’s opera also includes Thomas Hampson, Ramon Vargas and Dolora Zajick. Oct. 4-22, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

Kronos Quartet: Classical music’s Fab Four play works by Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov and the world premiere of Santa Ratniece’s “silsila.” 7 p.m. Oct. 5, $30-$65. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford, (650) 724-2464, http://live.stanford.edu

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: British cellist Steven Isserlis joins the early-music orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $25-$100, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.philharmonia.org

London Philharmonic: Vladimir Jurowski conducts two programs with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s “Great Performers” series. Oct. 12-13, $15-$155. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Partenope: Handel’s opera makes its San Francisco Opera premiere, directed by Christopher Alden. Oct. 15-Nov. 2, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

Tosca: Soprano Lianna Haroutounian makes her San Francisco Opera debut in Puccini’s melodrama. Oct. 23-Nov. 8, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

MTT & Mahler: Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony return to Mahler’s glorious Symphony No. 7. Oct. 29-Nov. 1, $15-$158. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

MTT & Gil Shaham: Shaham plays Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on a program that includes Samuel Adams’ “Drift and Providence.” 8 p.m. Nov. 8, $15-$158. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra: Conductor Jiri Belohlavek conducts Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” in a rare appearance by the great Czech orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir. 3 p.m. Nov. 9, $36-$112. Zellerbach Hall, near Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

La Cenerentola: The San Francisco Opera’s youthful cast featuring Karine Deshayes revives Rossini’s “Cinderella.” Nov. 9-26, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

Curlew River: The Benjamin Britten celebration continues as Cal Performances presents this acclaimed multimedia staging of the composer’s moving 1964 work, starring British tenor Ian Bostridge. Nov. 14-15, $30-$90. Zellerbach Hall, near Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

La Boheme: Theater director John Caird stages the San Franciso Opera’s production of Puccini’s beloved warhorse with two casts. Alexia Voulgaridou alternates with Leah Crocetto as Mimi, while Michael Fabiano and Giorgio Berrugi sing Rodolfo. Nov. 14-Dec. 7, $30-$370. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com

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