The San Francisco Symphony has special programming under way — mostly at Davies Hall — for the season. Summer pop concerts are on the roster, along with classical performances led by the orchestra’s hot new associate conductor James Gaffigan. The 27-year-old was tapped by Michael Tilson Thomas as the first person to be appointed to the SFS associate conductor post. Following the symphony’s July 12 performance of “Tango and More,” he’ll be on hand to take questions from audience.
Here’s the pop and classical lineup: Pink Martini on Friday; “Tango and More!” July 12; Mozart and Beethoven, July 13; Chris Botti, July 14; “Classical Romance,” July 18; “An Evening with Tchaikovsky,” July 19; Johnny Mathis, July 20-21; Neil Sedaka, July 27; Patti LuPone, July 28; “The Best of Broadway,” Wednesday; along with a free concert at Sigmund Stern Grove on Sunday and a free outdoor show in Dolores Park on July 15.
For ticket prices and details, call (415) 864-6000 or visit www.sfsymphony.org.
Five new plays, all influenced by traditional Japanese Noh theater, are performed over the course of a day in “The Cycle Plays,” a free Theatre of Yugen presentation. Comedic interludes also are on the bill. The show is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Project Artaud Theatre, 450 Florida St., San Francisco. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are highly recommended, call (415) 621-7978 or visit ww.theatreofyugen.org.
Oh, what a knight
S.F. Playhouse presents “Man of La Mancha,” the musical play based on Miguel de Cervantes’ story of knight-errant Don Quixote and his impossible dreams. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 533 Sutter St., San Francisco. Tiickets are $36.
Call (415) 677-9596 or visit www.sfplayhouse.org.