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Michael Tilson Thomas is pictured in 1993, when he was San Francisco Symphony’s music director designate. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

SF Symphony super sizes MTT’s farewell season

Beloved music director leads big shows in 25th year with orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas is pictured in 1993, when he was San Francisco Symphony’s music director designate. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
Esther Tonea is among the Merola Opera Program singers appearing in “If I Were You” in Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Merola Opera Program)

Merola premieres a Faustian sci-fi opera

Training program stages Jake Heggie’s ‘If I Were You’

Esther Tonea is among the Merola Opera Program singers appearing in “If I Were You” in Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Merola Opera Program)
Composer Brian Baumbusch is pictured with instruments used in Other Minds’ new work, “The Pressure.” (Credit: Myles Boisen)

Other Minds’ other take on ‘Twilight Zone’ music

Group premieres adventurous ‘tale of gothic horror’

Composer Brian Baumbusch is pictured with instruments used in Other Minds’ new work, “The Pressure.” (Credit: Myles Boisen)
J’Nai Bridges and Drogen the horse rehearse for San Francisco Opera’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy J’Nai Bridges)

Mezzo J’Nai Bridges prepares to score in ‘Carmen’

Singer uses basketball training to ready for role debut with S.F. Opera

J’Nai Bridges and Drogen the horse rehearse for San Francisco Opera’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy J’Nai Bridges)
A Parasaurolophus and its young are at the California Academy of Sciences during “Dino Days.” (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)

Where the dinosaurs roam in Golden Gate Park

Cal Academy’s ‘Dino Days’ continue through May 5

A Parasaurolophus and its young are at the California Academy of Sciences during “Dino Days.” (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)
“The Silent Revolution,” which is set in 1956, describes how East German teens strove to support suppressed Hungarians. (Courtesy Berlin & Beyond)

Berlin & Beyond fest returns to a divided Germany

Two teenagers from East Germany sneak in a movie theater in West…

“The Silent Revolution,” which is set in 1956, describes how East German teens strove to support suppressed Hungarians. (Courtesy Berlin & Beyond)
Longtime San Francisco Chamber Orchestra conductor Benjamin Simon leads Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” this week. (Courtesy Dona Kopol Bonick)

SF Chamber Orchestra stages free ‘Night at the Opera’

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s triumphant revival of Mary Zimmermann’s “Metamorphoses” is being…

Longtime San Francisco Chamber Orchestra conductor Benjamin Simon leads Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” this week. (Courtesy Dona Kopol Bonick)
San Francisco Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas is among many Bay Area arts leaders stepping down in the not-too-distant future. (Courtesy Art Streiber)

Bay Area arts organizations see changes at the top

After years, sometimes decades, of steady leadership, major Bay Area arts organizations…

San Francisco Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas is among many Bay Area arts leaders stepping down in the not-too-distant future. (Courtesy Art Streiber)
Gregory Wait is embarking on his final season leading the South Bay choral group Schola Cantorum after 30 years. (Courtesy Lloyd Levy)

Schola Cantorum’s 55th season is veteran conductor’s last

When Schola Cantorum opens its 55th season on Saturday, the choral group…

Gregory Wait is embarking on his final season leading the South Bay choral group Schola Cantorum after 30 years. (Courtesy Lloyd Levy)
Aoi Miyazaki has the title role in “Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter” screening Oct. 6 in the Japan Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Women in focus at sixth SF Japan film fest

Even though it ran two decades ago when the Asian Art Museum…

Aoi Miyazaki has the title role in “Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter” screening Oct. 6 in the Japan Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)
Dulari Devi’s 2015 “Prime Minister Modi arriving in a village via helicopter” is among the eye-catching works in “Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Lively Mithila village art graces museum walls

Qamar Adamjee laughed when asked how much travel was involved in her…

Dulari Devi’s 2015 “Prime Minister Modi arriving in a village via helicopter” is among the eye-catching works in “Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Meigui Zhang and Christopher Oglesby appear in Merola Opera Program’s production of “The Rake’s Progress.” (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

Merola singers skillfully advance in ‘Rake’s Progress’

Nothing is as it seems in Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” presented…

Meigui Zhang and Christopher Oglesby appear in Merola Opera Program’s production of “The Rake’s Progress.” (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
Shinobu Terajima is excellent as the outspoken protagonist of “Oh Lucy!” a film by Atsuko Hirayanagi. (Courtesy Film Movement.com)

‘Oh Lucy!’ heroine defies ‘quiet lady’ stereotype

The heroine of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s film “Oh Lucy!” behaves badly --- at…

Shinobu Terajima is excellent as the outspoken protagonist of “Oh Lucy!” a film by Atsuko Hirayanagi. (Courtesy Film Movement.com)
Wu Man, who plays the pipa, an ancient stringed instrument, appears in a Cal Performances presentation. (Courtesy Wind Music)

Wu Man brings a Chinese village ensemble to the Bay

Wu Man, the best known virtuoso player of the pipa, a lute-like…

Wu Man, who plays the pipa, an ancient stringed instrument, appears in a Cal Performances presentation. (Courtesy Wind Music)
San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Ravel’s opera “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” (“The Child and the Magic Spells”) in a youth-focused concert in June 2019. (Courtesy Jean-Pierre-Maurin)

SF Symphony 2018-19 season crosses boundaries, mixes genres

As the San Francisco Symphony announced its 2018-19 season today, the influence…

San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Ravel’s opera “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” (“The Child and the Magic Spells”) in a youth-focused concert in June 2019. (Courtesy Jean-Pierre-Maurin)
Tenor Michael Schade sings lieder and operatic selections with violinist Livia Sohn and pianist Kevin Murphy in Chamber Music San Francisco presentations  Feb. 24-26. (Courtesy Harald Hoffmann)

Daniel Levenstein stays steady at the helm of Chamber Music SF

If Daniel Levenstein herded cats, it would be for rest and relaxation.…

Tenor Michael Schade sings lieder and operatic selections with violinist Livia Sohn and pianist Kevin Murphy in Chamber Music San Francisco presentations  Feb. 24-26. (Courtesy Harald Hoffmann)
Andrew Stenson sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony's concert of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide.” (Courtesy Dario Acosta)

‘Candide’ has become a cult favorite

Patrons anticipating upcoming San Francisco Symphony concerts of “Candide” and expecting a…

Andrew Stenson sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony's concert of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide.” (Courtesy Dario Acosta)
The Berkeley Community Chorus, established in 1966, doesn’t shy away from complex material. (Courtesy Bill Hocker/BCCO)

Daring Berkeley Community Chorus offers hefty free program

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, one of some 500 volunteer musical groups…

The Berkeley Community Chorus, established in 1966, doesn’t shy away from complex material. (Courtesy Bill Hocker/BCCO)
Designer Jin Teok, pictured with one of her pieces, attended the opening of “Couture Korea” at the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

K fashion, then and now

Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu, enthusiastic about the “vibrant colors” in…

Designer Jin Teok, pictured with one of her pieces, attended the opening of “Couture Korea” at the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)
Michael Wirgler, in white, is retiring from the Golden Gate Park Band after 43 years. (Courtesy photo)

Sundays-in-the-park band leader Michael Wirgler retires

Maestro Michael Wirgler’s fondest memories of making music in Golden Gate Park…

Michael Wirgler, in white, is retiring from the Golden Gate Park Band after 43 years. (Courtesy photo)