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Jazz vocalist Paula West performs selections from the Great American Songbook. The concert is part of San Francisco Performances’ Salons at the Rex series. Shows are at 6:30 and 8 p.m. today at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco. Call (415) 398-6449 or visit www.performances.org.

Maureen McGovern

Singer Maureen McGovern appears in concert in the final program of the Bay Area Cabaret 2006-07 season. McGovern, whose hit recordings include the pop hits “The Morning After” and “We May Never Love Like This Again,” delves into Gershwin and Rodgers, among others, for this one-night performance.The show is at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco. Tickets are $40 to $45. Call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.bayareacabaret.org.

San Francisco Symphony closes 6.5 sessions with Beethoven, violin

San Francisco Symphony heartily invites patrons to its final Friday 6.5 program this season, featuring guest conductor Hans Graf, music director of the Houston Symphony. Graf will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra featuring concertmaster Alexander Barantschik. The early evening program also includes an appearance by Russian composer Victor Kissine, whose composition “Aftersight” for Violin and Chamber Orchestra receives its debut performance. Graf, who is fluent in Russian, will interview Kissine about the piece, and translate for the audience.

Friday’s performance is at 6:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. The same program, with the addition of Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call (415) 864-6000 or visit www.sfsymphony.org.

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