It is no exaggeration to call 2013 the “Era of Lera” in contemporary art.
Lera Auerbach, the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s featured composer this week, is also a virtuoso pianist, poet, novelist (in English, Russian and German) and painter; her operas and ballets are being produced internationally; and she is an active member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. Read More
In one corner is Cindy Shih’s Bill O’Reilly-inspired, impish watercolor. In the other, Mido Lee’s upside-down, nude self-portrait with a riveting personal message.
They are on view at SOMArts Cultural Center in “underCurrents and The Quest for Space,” featuring a wide variety of works by 30 Asian-American women.
The exhibit aims to counteract common stereotypes about Asian-American women, artists say, and their “continued invisibility.” Read More
Program 3 features Beethoven’s late masterpiece "Missa Solemnis" — with Fabiano, soprano Laura Claycomb, mezzo Sasha Cooke and bass Shenyang — and excerpts from Palestrina’s 1562 "Mass for Pope Marcellus II."
Why are two dozen of his works in the current San Francisco Symphony schedule? Read More
In spite of its name, the venerable Tokyo String Quartet has long been an international ensemble.
The quartet, which is disbanding this summer, was formed 44 years ago by Japanese musicians studying at New York’s Juilliard School. But through the decades, its changing members have been of varied nationalities.
Currently, the Tokyo quartet, which presents its last concert in The City at Herbst Theatre on Thursday, consists of violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, cellist Clive Greensmith and violist Kazuhide Isomura, the only original member of the ensemble. Read More
German violinist Augustin Hadelich, making his San Francisco Symphony debut this week, has overcome a physical challenge few artists have encountered.
Although his face and arms still show signs of a fire that almost killed him at age 15, when he performs, audiences hear the brilliance that has earned him rave reviews in major concert halls of the world.
When Hadelich plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto at Davies Symphony Hall, the conductor will be Herbert Blomstedt, 85, the orchestra’s conductor laureate. Read More
Although the San Francisco Ballet’s sixth program got off to a shaky start at the War Memorial Opera House, the troupe’s star dancers quickly overcame the initial deficiency and the mixed repertory evening proved delightful.
Yet Tuesday’s opening performance began with an unusually awkward entrance by the corps, marching on steps, in “Raymonda Act III.” Almost immediately, things picked up with bravura performances by Vanessa Zahorian and Taras Domitro, and bright solos by Sarah Van Patten, Frances Chung and Sasha De Sola. Read More
The San Francisco Symphony and Musicians Union Local 6 announced Saturday that they have ratified a 26-month contract following a costly strike that ended March 31.
The settlement follows seven months of negotiations, with acrimony spilling out into the public arena lately and culminating in an 18-day strike. It forced the cancellation of an East Coast tour with stops at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Read More
Although San Francisco Ballet's sixth program got off to a shaky start in the War Memorial Opera House on Tuesday, the troupe’s star dancers quickly overcame the initial deficiency, and the mixed repertory evening proved delightful.
Yet the performance began with an unusually awkward entrance by the corps, marching on steps, in “Raymonda Act III.” Almost immediately, things picked up, with bravura performances by Vanessa Zahorian and Taras Domitro, and bright solos by Sarah Van Patten, Frances Chung and Sasha De Sola.
Rudolf Nureyev's 1966 restaging of the Marius Petipa clas Read More
People of a certain age in the Eureka Theatre’s audience may experience deja vu when watching Ashley Jarrett as Lili sing “Love Makes the World Go ’Round” to a puppet.
The scene from 42nd Street Moon’s new production of Bob Merrill’s 1961 “Carnival!” is right out of a heartwarming picture on a black-and-white TV, reminiscent of Fran Allison singing to puppets on the “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” show. Read More
Under the guidance of its new executive director Ted Hope, the 56th annual San Francisco International Film Festival promises to be an exciting affair.
Opening April 25, the 15-day event hosts 95 feature films and full-length documentaries and 63 shorts.
The 2013 lineup, announced Tuesday, is dedicated to the memory of George Gund III, longtime board chairman of the San Francisco Film Society, the festival’s parent organization, who died in January. Read More
The increasingly bitter 18-day-old strike by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony came to a sudden and welcome end on Easter Sunday with the announcement of a tentative contract agreement.
Negotiators for symphony management and the Musicians Union Local 6 of the American Federation of Musicians spent the weekend in long, intensive talks before submitting the agreement for ratification to the symphony’s Board of Governors and the orchestra's 103 members. Read More
A new director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco was named Wednesday, filling the position left vacant since the death of John Buchanan 15 months ago.
Colin Bailey, currently associate director and chief curator of the Frick Collection in New York, will take over an organization that’s shifting its focus from a series of blockbuster exhibitions to the museums’ permanent collections. The organization comprises the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. Read More
A magnificent dance production, San Francisco Ballet's "Onegin" also exemplifies romantic poetry and theater of the first order. Thursday’s opening performance of the woefully short one-week run was thrilling in every way.
The reprise of the company's 2012 U.S. premiere of choreographer John Cranko's revised 1967 "Onegin" stands up next to Pushkin's original 1837 novel and Tchaikovsky's 1879 landmark opera. The piece onstage in the War Memorial is a vital, gripping dance drama that unfolds continuously and cohesively. Read More
The troubled Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco may soon name a new director to fill the position, which has been vacant since the death of John Buchanan in December 2011. Read More
The San Francisco Symphony has canceled this week’s long-planned East Coast tour after efforts to end a musician strike failed.
According to management, musicians have rejected a federal mediator’s proposal to resume playing concerts during a cooling-off period while negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement continue. Management was willing to abide by the federal mediator’s recommendation, based on developments over the past several days of talks. Read More