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In May 2022, soprano Julia Bullock appears in “History’s Persistent Voice,” which includes music by women commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Allison Michael Orenstein/21C Media Group Inc.)

SF Symphony’s post-pandemic season offers daring innovation

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s programming features new works, diverse guests

In May 2022, soprano Julia Bullock appears in “History’s Persistent Voice,” which includes music by women commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Allison Michael Orenstein/21C Media Group Inc.)
“Sharks,” opening May 28 at the California Academy of Sciences, takes a comprehensive and innovative look at the diverse predators. (Courtesy Gayle Laird/California Academy of Sciences)

It’s springtime for sharks at Cal Academy

New exhibit showcases the diversity, dynamism of ocean predators

“Sharks,” opening May 28 at the California Academy of Sciences, takes a comprehensive and innovative look at the diverse predators. (Courtesy Gayle Laird/California Academy of Sciences)
A metal strongbox with appliques (circa AD 1-79) from Parco Archeologico di Pompei is among the items on view in “Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave.” (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Legion of Honor reopens with two original exhibitions

Museum showcases ancient objects from Pompeii, bold new sculptures

A metal strongbox with appliques (circa AD 1-79) from Parco Archeologico di Pompei is among the items on view in “Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave.” (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Christopher Gee bakes sourdough two days each week for satisfied customers who pre-order the bread.<ins> (Courtesy William Gee)</ins>

SF teens start successful pandemic-era businesses

Richmond kids sell homemade sourdough, wash cars

Christopher Gee bakes sourdough two days each week for satisfied customers who pre-order the bread.<ins> (Courtesy William Gee)</ins>
From left: Don Edwards, Amanda Scheliga, Jeff Cotton and Ron Graham are keeping Bronstein Music going in South San Francisco as it observes its 75th anniversary. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

At 75, Bronstein Music plays on in South S.F.

Store prevails despite silence created by pandemic

From left: Don Edwards, Amanda Scheliga, Jeff Cotton and Ron Graham are keeping Bronstein Music going in South San Francisco as it observes its 75th anniversary. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The installation “Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale” is on view at the Legion of Honor, which reopens Oct. 30 with safety protocols in place. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Legion of Honor reopens in time for Halloween

‘A Gothic Tale’ among exhibitions on view

The installation “Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale” is on view at the Legion of Honor, which reopens Oct. 30 with safety protocols in place. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
California Academy of Sciences staffer Shannon Bennett, an expert in infectious diseases, has been busy during the pandemic. (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)

Academy of Sciences has ‘the right stuff’ for reopening

Golden Gate Park attraction welcomes public back on Oct. 23

California Academy of Sciences staffer Shannon Bennett, an expert in infectious diseases, has been busy during the pandemic. (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)
Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony have reached a temporary agreement with management that allows music director Esa-Pekka Salonen to begin the 2020 fall season. (Courtesy Andrew Eccles)

San Francisco Symphony, Opera musicians settle contracts

Performers’ salaries modified due to inability to play live

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony have reached a temporary agreement with management that allows music director Esa-Pekka Salonen to begin the 2020 fall season. (Courtesy Andrew Eccles)
Nicholas McGegan and Houston Symphony musicians rehearse with social distancing. (Courtesy John Mangum)

Bay Area’s Nicholas McGegan conducts onstage concert from Texas

‘Live from Jones Hall’ showcases Houston Symphony musicians in streaming performances

Nicholas McGegan and Houston Symphony musicians rehearse with social distancing. (Courtesy John Mangum)
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has covered an entry way bust of Avery Brundage. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum deals with dark shadow of Avery Brundage

Entry way bust of racist benefactor has been covered

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has covered an entry way bust of Avery Brundage. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Tenor Russell Thomas, who was scheduled to sing the title role of “Ernani,” is among the artists appearing in San Francisco Opera’s online “Celebrating the Summer Season” from July 10-12.                                 Courtesy Fay Fox

Opera in The City rescued via online July programming

Singers scheduled for ‘Ernani,’ ‘Steve Jobs,’ ‘Partenope’ to appear

Tenor Russell Thomas, who was scheduled to sing the title role of “Ernani,” is among the artists appearing in San Francisco Opera’s online “Celebrating the Summer Season” from July 10-12.                                 Courtesy Fay Fox
DisneyPlus screens a specially-created film version of “Hamilton,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Leslie Odom Jr., captured from a 2016 performance on Broadway. (Courtesy DisneyPlus)

Affordable, accessible ‘Hamilton’ streams July 3

B’way hit screens on film, captured live from 2016 with original cast

DisneyPlus screens a specially-created film version of “Hamilton,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Leslie Odom Jr., captured from a 2016 performance on Broadway. (Courtesy DisneyPlus)
San Francisco Symphony’s online celebration of departing music director Michael Tilson Thomas began with a focus on his first year leading the orchestra. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

SF Symphony celebrates MTT’s 25 years with 25 days of online programs

Beloved music director to be honored in June 28 virtual tribute

San Francisco Symphony’s online celebration of departing music director Michael Tilson Thomas began with a focus on his first year leading the orchestra. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
San Francisco Ballet is streaming Cathy Marston’s “Snowblind,” a highlight of the troupe’s 2018 Unbound programming of new works. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Stream coronavirus blues away with classical, dance

Regular online offerings from ballet, symphony, choral groups and much more

San Francisco Ballet is streaming Cathy Marston’s “Snowblind,” a highlight of the troupe’s 2018 Unbound programming of new works. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Pocket Opera’s “Don Giovanni” featured Jaime Korkos as Donna Elvira and Anders Fröhlich as Don Giovanni. (Courtesy Nicholas Korkos)

Pocket Opera, Mozart conquer the coronavirus

Sunday’s show goes on in appealing 43rd season opener

Pocket Opera’s “Don Giovanni” featured Jaime Korkos as Donna Elvira and Anders Fröhlich as Don Giovanni. (Courtesy Nicholas Korkos)
San Francisco Symphony is slated to perform a new composition by Chinese-born American composer Fang Man in March 2021. (Courtesy photo)

Esa-Pekka Salonen plans innovative 109th SF Symphony season

Dozens of premieres, first local performances in 2020-21

San Francisco Symphony is slated to perform a new composition by Chinese-born American composer Fang Man in March 2021. (Courtesy photo)
Jennifer Ashworth sings the title role in Lamplighters Music Theatre’s “Princess Ida.” (Courtesy Lucas Buxman)

Lamplighters revive, renew ‘Princess Ida’

Longtime troupe leaders present comic operetta updated for 21st century

Jennifer Ashworth sings the title role in Lamplighters Music Theatre’s “Princess Ida.” (Courtesy Lucas Buxman)
A 15th- to 16th-century wood figure of the Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava (“Destroyer of Death”) is a highlight of “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment” 
on view through 
May 3 at the Asian Art Museum.                                 Courtesy Travis Fullerton/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
A 15th- to 16th-century wood figure of the Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava (“Destroyer of Death”) is a highlight of “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment” 
on view through 
May 3 at the Asian Art Museum.                                 Courtesy Travis Fullerton/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
New Century Chamber Orchestra headed by Daniel Hope, center, is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday. (Courtesy Matthew Washburn)

New Century Chamber Orchestra debuts in new Presidio Theatre

Ensemble plays Beethoven in state-of-the-art venue

New Century Chamber Orchestra headed by Daniel Hope, center, is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday. (Courtesy Matthew Washburn)
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, San Francisco Symphony artist-in-residence, sings with the orchestra next week. (Courtesy Stephanie Girard)

SF Symphony premieres MTT’s ‘Meditations on Rilke’

German poet’s evocative writing at center of ‘Love and Lyricism’ concerts

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, San Francisco Symphony artist-in-residence, sings with the orchestra next week. (Courtesy Stephanie Girard)