A highlight among San Francisco Symphony’s 2013-14 exciting season offerings, announced today, is a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s majestic opera “Peter Grimes.” Conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the cast features four internationally acclaimed Merola-Adler program veterans, including tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role. Read More
Daniil Trifonov, 2011 winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, appears in San Francisco this week. Today, the 21-year-old will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the visiting Russian National Orchestra. The program also includes works by Tchaikovsky and Verdi.
At what age did you realize that your musical abilities were perhaps a bit unusual? Read More
With the Super Bowl matchup between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens just days away, the wagering between the cities has hit something of a fever pitch.
The symphonies in Baltimore and San Francisco have started a friendly back-and-forth using social media to show pride in their hometown teams. In addition, the zoos and libraries of both cities have placed friendly wagers on the outcome of Sunday’s game. Read More
Well-documented turmoil at The City’s Arts Commission appears to be smoothing itself out with new leaders at the helm, the Board of Supervisors essentially ruled Thursday.
The commission has been marred in recent years by reports of mismanagement of funds, personnel resignations and even hubbub around a sizable city contract it approved for an artist who once shot a dog and filmed it. Read More
András Schiff’s devotion to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is complete and unconditional.
“Why Bach? It’s like asking why is the sky blue and why do we need to breathe,” says the acclaimed Hungarian pianist, who plays the first program of a two-year cycle of Bach’s keyboard works in The City next week. “Every day I start with an hour or more of Bach, food for the heart, the mind, the spirit and the body. All great music after Bach derives from him.” Read More
With a memorable centennial season behind it, the San Francisco Symphony is opening its 101st year in an unprecedented fashion.Postponing its annual gala until Sept. Read More
At 100, the San Francisco Symphony is considerably junior to the Golden Gate Park Band, now in its 130th season, and only a couple of decades younger than the 1,000-acre park itself.
One tune the band should play at every concert: “Tradition!” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Read More
Growing up in Cuba, and now living in Miami, the acclaimed musical group Tiempo Libre is enjoying the American dream.
“Living the American dream means being able to write and perform the music that comes from deep inside you without being censored,” says Jorge Gomez, pianist and musical director for the Grammy-nominated group, which plays two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony this week. Read More
Dance Hip-hop dance: Local hip-hop artist Micaya presents “Mission in the Mix,” an annual show featuring her SoulForce Dance Company and emerging talent and students. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, S.F.] Read More
Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The City’s performance halls this summer.
Directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony is presenting a semi-staged version of the challenging, rewarding work at Davies Symphony Hall this week in a program also featuring Jeremy Denk performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Read More