Only an artist as extraordinary as Meredith Monk would appear in a showsponsored by the Jewish Community Center’s Art and Healing Program and California Pacific Medical Center. An interdisciplinary performer and recipient of MacArthur “Genius” honors, Monk has been called a “magician of the voice.” Her wordless music combines the virtuosity of classical, the poignancy of folk and the freedom of jazz. While she’s also known for movement, she says, “The heart of my work is singing … it started from my solo work, exploring the human voice and all its possibilities. That’s been a very strong discipline for over 30 years, working with my own instrument and discovering all the different possibilities.”
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, she’ll perform a solo vocal concert in which she’ll share compositions she created while working with hospice patients, as well as selections from “Songs From the Hill” and “Gotham Lullaby.” The show is at Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco. Tickets are $22 to $28. Call (415) 292-1233 or visit www.jccsf.org/arts.
Internationally renowned tenor Vladimir Kuzmenko, who debuted locally in San Franciso Opera’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s 1869 “La Forza del Destino” (“The Force of Destiny”), performs opera and lieder selections. Pianist Svetlana Gorzhevskaya accompanies him. The concert is at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com
William Shakespeare and dance artist David Gordon share the credits for “Dancing Henry Five,” an hour-long condensation of the four-hour “Henry V.” The performance includes dance, theater, music and snippets of recordings by Laurence Olivier and Christopher Plummer. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., San Francisco. Call (415) 863-9834 or visit www.odctheater.org.