The award-winning Telegraph Quartet appears in a San Francisco Performances concert at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

The award-winning Telegraph Quartet appears in a San Francisco Performances concert at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

2017 Winter Arts Preview: Classical Music

Berkeley Symphony: Christian Reif guest conducts cellist Joshua Roman in the local premiere of Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. 8 p.m. Jan. 26. $15-$74. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, Berkeley. www.berkeleysymphony.org

Ives Collective: Kay Stern (violin), Susan Frier (violin and viola). Stephen Harrison (cello), Susan Vollmer (horn), Julie Gregorian (bassoon), Carlos Ortega (clarinet), Arnold Gregorian (double bass) and Lori Lack (piano) play an all-Beethoven program as part of the Old First Concert Series. 4 p.m. Jan. 29. $20. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Telegraph Quartet: The award-winning San Francisco based ensemble performs Webern’s Five Movements for Strings, Berg’s String Quartet, Opus 3, and Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. $40. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Alexander Melnikov: The piano virtuoso makes his second San Francisco recital appearance in a program of works by Rachmaninoff and Debussy presented by San Francisco Performances. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. $40-$70. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Kronos Quartet: The San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning ensemble presents its third annual hometown music festival of six concerts connecting local audiences to a wide range of musical voices and traditions from around the world. Feb. 2-4. $10-$65. SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfjazz.org

Son Jarocho Festiva: The fifth annual event in The City explores the folkloric music style of Veracruz and honors musician and cultural worker Artemio Posadas with a weekend of music, dance and community activities. Feb. 3-5. $10-$25. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F., www.brava.org

Lamplighters: The Gilbert & Sullivan troupe stages “Patience,” a comic opera that pokes fun at the aesthetic movement in England in the late 19th century. Feb. 3-5. $45-$60. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.ybca.org

San Francisco Symphony Lunar New Year: The family event drawing from ancient and contemporary Asian traditions includes a reception with Asian instruments, red envelopes and lion dancing, a performance of Eastern and Western music conducted by Mei-Ann Chen, followed by a fund-raiser Imperial Dinner. 3 p.m. (reception), 4 p.m. (concert) Feb. 4. $32-$395. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: “House of the Beehives” features the West Coast premiere of its 2016 composition contest-winning piece by Melody Eotvos (inspired by the Italo Calvino story of the same name); duos by Ravel and Bogdanovic; Sebastian Currier’s sextet “Broken Consorts” and a new work by David Coll. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $15-$35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

S.F. Symphony SoundBox: Composer John Adams hosts the late-night experimental program featuring his compositions “Hallelujah Junction,” selections from “John’s Book of Alleged Dances” and “Ragamarole,” along with Andrew Norman’s chamber work “Try,” Jacob Cooper’s “Ripple the Sky,” and Ashley Fure’s “Shiver Lung.” 9 p.m. Feb. 10-11. $45. 300 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Opera Parallele
: The troupe’s new production of English composer Jonathan Dove’s 1998 cynical comedy is based on the real-life plight of an Iranian refugee who was detained and stranded in a French airport. 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $45-$140. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.operaparallele.org

Schola Cantorum Valentine’s Sing-along: Participants are invited to recapture romantic feelings as they belt out songs of love. 3 p.m. Feb. 12. $15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, www.scholacantorum.org

S.F. Symphony John Adams 70th Birthday Celebration: “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” Adams’ 21st-century passion oratorio, conducted by Grant Gershon, is featured. 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18. $38-$162. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Palo Alto Philharmonic: “East meets West” includes works by John Adams, Camille Saint-Saëns and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 8 p.m. Feb. 18. $12-$24. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, www.paphil.org

Dynamite Guitars: International guitar night features virtuosos Lulo Reinhardt, Luca Sticagnoli, Chrystian Dozza and Debashish Bhattacharya. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. $35-$55. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.., www.omniconcerts.com

ARTEK: The baroque music group led by Gwendolyn Toth performs “Bridge of Sighs—Monteverdi’s Madrigals Book VII,” the 1619 piece which includes some of the composer’s most beloved works. 4 p.m. Feb. 19. $34-$40. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.SFEMS.org

Oakland Symphony
: ”Notes from Native America” includes music by composers Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and John Wineglass, Northern California Su-Nu-Nu-Shinal Pomo Dancers, as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $25-$80. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandSymphony.org

Miguel Zenón: The saxophonist-composer celebrates the release of his new recording “Típico.” Feb. 24-26. $30. SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfjazz.rog

San Francisco Opera Lab: Ted Hearne and Mark Doten’s modern oratorio “The Source” is based on the story of Chelsea Manning, who infamously leaked hundreds of classified documents. Feb. 24-26, March 1-3. $35. Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfopera.com

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra: Christian Reif conducts works by Barber, Mozart and Dvorak. 2 p.m. March 5. $15-$55. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org
Alexander MelnikovARTEKBerkeley SymphonyClassical MusicDynamite GuitarsIves CollectionJohn Adams CelebrationKronos QuartetLamplightersLeft Coast Chamber EnsembleMiguel ZenonOakland SymphonyOpera ParallelePalo Alto PhilharmonicS.F. Symphony SoundBoxSan Francisco Opera LabSan Francisco Youth OrchestraSon Jarocho Festiva

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