Kick off 2010 with classical delights

There’s never a shortage of noteworthy performing arts in The City. These are among the anticipated programs coming up as the new decade begins.
The Beautiful Miller-Maid
Strange as it may sound in English today, there is no other way to translate “Die schöne Müllerin,” Schubert’s legendary 1824 song cycle about a man’s fervent, and apparently hopeless, love for a mill owner’s daughter. The San Francisco Performances recital features baritone Nathan Gunn, much treasured in these parts for his appearance in the title role in San Francisco Opera’s “Billy Budd.” The accompanist is Julie Gunn, the singer’s wife.
8 p.m. Jan. 12, $32-$49, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 392-2545,

The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories
Choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton present encore performances of their hit 2009 premiere, which features 24 dancers, eight musicians and singer-songwriter Odessa Chen. The unusual piece, described as a three-dimensional, “holographic” book, is composed of episodes that illuminate and investigate wide-ranging aspects of the human experience.
Jan. 14-17, $25-$32, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company
Christopher Wheeldon — called “one of the most important choreographers in the world” by the New York Times — brings his Morphoses company to the West Coast for the first time with a program that includes “Continuum” (seen at the San Francisco Ballet in 2002) to music by Ligeti, and “Rhapsody Fantaisie” to keyboard works by Rachmaninov, along with other works.
8 p.m. Jan. 23; 7 p.m. Jan. 24, $32-$49, Novellus Theatre, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 392-2545,
San Francisco Opera is dark until June, but there is a special opera event on the horizon. Nicole Paiement’s Ensemble Parallele presents Alban Berg’s 1925 “Wozzeck,” an important, infrequently performed work. Paiement calls it “a unique and searing musical drama.” The cast includes Bojan Knezevic in the title role, John Duykers (Captain), Patricia Green (Marie), Phillip Skinner (Doctor), and AJ Glueckert (Drum Major).
8 p.m. Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Jan. 31, $25-$85, Novellus Theatre, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,

S.F. Ballet, Program 2
Dancing to Prokofiev and the Andrews Sisters are on the menu for San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2, which has a great musical-choreographic range, from Paul Taylor’s classic “Company B,” set to songs sung by the Andrews Sisters; to Jerome Robbins’ “Opus 19/The Dreamer” to music by Prokofiev and the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Ghosts,” to music by platinum recording artist Kip Winger.
Feb. 9-20, $20-$260, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 865-2000,

Elegant Romance
Acclaimed Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova is the soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major when the Philharmonia Baroque presents an all-Brahms concert called “An Elegant Romance” in advance of Valentine’s Day. Conducted by Nicholas McGegan, the concert — played on original 19th century instruments — also includes the 1857 Brahms Serenade No. 1.
8 p.m. Feb. 11, $25-$75, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 392-4400,

Robert Moses’ Kin
The nationally acclaimed, locally based contemporary dance company celebrates its 15th home season with the world premiere of “The Cinderella Principle: Try these on, see if they fit,” a full-company work exploring nontraditional family structures. Collaborators on the piece are award-winning playwright Anne Galjour, violinist/composer Todd Reynolds and Bay Area beat boxer Kid Beyond.
8 p.m. Feb. 25-27, $20-$35, Novellus Theatre, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,

S.F. Symphony
Year of the Tiger

Greeting the Chinese lunar new year, whose zodiac sign is the tiger, the San Francisco Symphony offers its 10th anniversary Chinese New Year concert and celebration. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be “sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy but also extremely short-tempered.” The family event in Davies Hall features the music of East and West, blended with lion dancers, calligraphers and partying.
3 p.m. Feb. 27, $25-$65, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000,

Yuja Wang
The world’s favorite 22-year-old piano virtuoso returns to San Francisco for a recital in the relatively small Herbst Theatre; its 920 seats are certain to be sold out well in advance. As usual, her program is varied and substantial: Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Schubert Lieder, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6 and selections from his “Visions Fugitives,” Op. 22.
8 p.m. April 22, $32-$49, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 392-4400,

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