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Leonard Bernstein, left, and Michael Tilson Thomas appear at the premiere of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles.” (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

SF Symphony celebrates Bernstein centennial

The San Francisco Symphony is observing the late Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday…

Leonard Bernstein, left, and Michael Tilson Thomas appear at the premiere of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles.” (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
“The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand” recently opened at the de Young with special guests including visitors from New Zealand and Bay Area residents of Maori ancestry. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

‘Maori Portraits’ grace de Young

Museum exhibit previews are rarely emotional, but a recent one for the…

“The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand” recently opened at the de Young with special guests including visitors from New Zealand and Bay Area residents of Maori ancestry. (Courtesy Janos Gereben)
Henrik Nánási is making his San Francisco Opera debut conducting Strauss. (Courtesy Gunnar Geller/GM Art & Music)

SF Opera stages Strauss’ shocking, irresistible ‘Elektra’

Even for longtime opera fans and experts, the first listen to Richard…

Henrik Nánási is making his San Francisco Opera debut conducting Strauss. (Courtesy Gunnar Geller/GM Art & Music)
“Hee,” a riveting thriller, stars writer-director Kaori Momoi, who will be in San Francisco for the Japan Film Festival.  (Courtesy photo)

Variety is spice of Japan Film Festival

From the opener “Flower and Sword,” about a clash between flower-arranger monks…

“Hee,” a riveting thriller, stars writer-director Kaori Momoi, who will be in San Francisco for the Japan Film Festival.  (Courtesy photo)
The 100-plus-member Asian Youth Orchestra includes musicians from 11 nations and territories. (Courtesy photo)

Asian Youth Orchestra tour hits Bay Area

Nearly 30 years ago, music educator Richard Pontzious wanted to do something…

The 100-plus-member Asian Youth Orchestra includes musicians from 11 nations and territories. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Jennifer Mitchell, Jordan Eldredge and Patricia Westley appear in Pocket Opera’s delightful “Die Fledermaus.” (Courtesy Nicolas Aliaga)

Donald Pippin, Pocket Opera staying strong at 40

As San Francisco’s Pocket Opera is about the conclude its 2016-17 season,…

From left, Jennifer Mitchell, Jordan Eldredge and Patricia Westley appear in Pocket Opera’s delightful “Die Fledermaus.” (Courtesy Nicolas Aliaga)
San Francisco Playhouse’s Susi Damilano shows off the model of the set for the upcoming production of “Noises Off.” (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

Producing ‘Noises Off’ like solving a fun puzzle

Nonstop pratfalls, doors that open inadvertently or don’t work and disappearing plates…

San Francisco Playhouse’s Susi Damilano shows off the model of the set for the upcoming production of “Noises Off.” (Courtesy Janos Gereben)
A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Sexy pleasures among Han Dynasty ‘Tomb Treasures’

It’s a stretch, but the Asian Art Museum is flogging its fascinating…

A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Jake Heggie, left, and Gene Scheer have been commissioned to write a new piece for Merola Opera Program. (Courtesy Robert Hart Photography)

Merola commissions new work on 60th anniversary

San Francisco composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer are embarking on…

Jake Heggie, left, and Gene Scheer have been commissioned to write a new piece for Merola Opera Program. (Courtesy Robert Hart Photography)
Yuri Possokhov’s timely and affecting “Optimistic Tragedy” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet's 2017 Program 2.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet goes boldly into the future

For artistic director Helgi Tomasson and San Francisco Ballet, it’s not enough…

Yuri Possokhov’s timely and affecting “Optimistic Tragedy” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet's 2017 Program 2.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
An architect's draft shows the design for the San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center, a $21 million retrofitting and restoration of the War Memorial Veterans Building. (Courtesy Rendering)

Updated War Memorial Veterans Building will shine inside and out

As the scaffolding comes down, the War Memorial Veterans Building seems to…

An architect's draft shows the design for the San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center, a $21 million retrofitting and restoration of the War Memorial Veterans Building. (Courtesy Rendering)
Orquesta Victoria, a tango group from Argentina, makes its San Francisco debut this week, playing world-premiere music. COURTESY PAULA ABRAMOVICH

World-premiere tango comes to Bay Area stages

Orquesta Victoria, an acclaimed Argentine tango orchestra, is coming to the Bay…

Orquesta Victoria, a tango group from Argentina, makes its San Francisco debut this week, playing world-premiere music. COURTESY PAULA ABRAMOVICH
Kate Lindsey, left, and Lisette Oropesa appear in San Francisco Opera’s delightful production of "The Marriage of Figaro." COURTESYSAN FRANCISCO OPERA/CORY WEAVER

Mozart’s ‘Figaro’ a welcome return to S.F. Opera

Mozart's 1786 "The Marriage of Figaro," a masterpiece of musical theater universally …

Kate Lindsey, left, and Lisette Oropesa appear in San Francisco Opera’s delightful production of "The Marriage of Figaro." COURTESYSAN FRANCISCO OPERA/CORY WEAVER
From left, Dimitri Pittas, Sarah Shafer (kneeling) and Anna Caterina Antonacci appear in San Francisco Opera’s premiere of "Two Women." COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

S.F. Opera’s ‘Two Women’ a keeper

Typically, the problem with a new opera is that the music is…

From left, Dimitri Pittas, Sarah Shafer (kneeling) and Anna Caterina Antonacci appear in San Francisco Opera’s premiere of "Two Women." COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Zhang Huan's 1997 photograph “To Raise The Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)” is among the arresting pieces on view in “28 Chinese” at the Asian Art Museum. COURTESY RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION

Contemporary artists in spotlight in ’28 Chinese’

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum's new exhibit "28 Chinese" showcases the fruits…

Zhang Huan's 1997 photograph “To Raise The Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)” is among the arresting pieces on view in “28 Chinese” at the Asian Art Museum. COURTESY RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
San Francisco Opera’s creative team for the world-premiere "Two Women" includes, from left, Nicola Luisotti, Marco Tutino, Francesca Zambello and David Gockley. - Courtesy Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera

‘Two Women’ goes from novel and film to opera

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti sounds like a proud midwife,…

San Francisco Opera’s creative team for the world-premiere "Two Women" includes, from left, Nicola Luisotti, Marco Tutino, Francesca Zambello and David Gockley. - Courtesy Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera’s production of Berlioz’s massive "Les Troyens" begins with a wonderful scene featuring the chorus. Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

S.F. Opera’s ‘Les Troyens’ dazzles

"What joy!" were the first words the chorus sang when the curtain…

San Francisco Opera’s production of Berlioz’s massive "Les Troyens" begins with a wonderful scene featuring the chorus. Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Mahler at home and on the road

Tonight, at the San Francisco Symphony’s Bon Voyage Concert in Davies Hall,…

Lang Lang’s extreme pianism

At his next San Francisco concert Tuesday, Lang Lang will perform in…