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Summer arts preview: Classical and dance performances

Opera, symphonic and choral music will be in full bloom during a season that also serves up plentiful outdoor, moderately priced (and some free!) performances

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars: Founders of the original Buena Vista Social Club kick off the 32nd SFJAZZ Festival, showcasing young Cuban musicians and drawing on classic Cuban styles and contemporary rhythms. 7:30 p.m. June 11-14, $30-$70. SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F., (866) 920-5299,

San Francisco Opera: Conductor Nicola Luisotti leads two summer productions: Verdi's “La Traviata,” with two international casts (Sonya Yoncheva and Ailyn Perez as Violetta, Saimir Pirgu and Stephen Costello as Alfredo, and Vladimir Stoyanov and Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio), runs from June 11 to July 13, and Puccini's “Madama Butterfly,” featuring Patricia Racette in the title role, runs from June 18 to July 9. $24-$379. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-3330,

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival: The 36th annual event features dances from Bali, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Congo, Hawaii, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Tahiti and the continental U.S. Each weekend the program is different and includes nine to 10 dance performances per show. Saturdays-Sundays, June 14-29, $18-$58. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The group closes its 35th season with a concert of music by Eastern European composers and guest artists from the Joe Goode Performance Group as well as pianists Kanoko Nishi and Sarah Cahill. 8 p.m. June 14, $18-$36. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F., (415) 392-4400,

The Classical Style: Cal Performances presents the Bay Area premiere of the new comic opera by Steven Stucky, with a libretto by Jeremy Denk, based on Charles Rosen's iconic music history book. Denk describes the work as “a love letter to Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven and a satire of classical pomp.” 8 p.m. June 19, 7 p.m. June 20, $68. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way at College Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988,

Opera Parallele: The innovative group presents the North American premiere of Adam Gorbs' “Anya17,” a bold work addressing the brutal realities of modern slavery and human trafficking. 8 p.m. June 20-21, 4 p.m. June 22, $35-$80. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F., (415) 626-6279,

Redwood Symphony: Directed by Eric Kujawsky, the orchestra plays a program of movie music, kicking off a four-concert summer classical concert series, which also features the Air Force's Travis Brass (July 12), Opera San Jose (July 13) and Bayshore Lyric Opera (Sept. 14). 6 p.m. June 21, free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City,

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Tony Award winner Laura Benanti shares the stage with the 250-person group in “Dazzle: Broadway … Our Way!” 8 p.m. June 25-27, $25-$60. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F., (415) 392-4400,

Peter Grimes: The San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's 1945 opera featuring tenor Stuart Skelton as the title character and soprano Elza van den Heever. 8 p.m. June 26-27, 2 p.m. June 29, $34-$152. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000,

Free San Francisco Symphony concerts: Edwin Outwater conducts the orchestra at 2 p.m. July 6 at Stern Grove (19th Avenue at Sloat Boulevard) playing works by American composers including Bernstein, Gershwin and Mancini. Then at 2 p.m. July 27, Outwater conducts a performance of works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky at Civic Center Plaza, Polk Street between Grove and McAllister streets, S.F.,

A Streetcar Named Desire: The Merola Opera Program's first production of the summer (the second is Mozart's “Don Giovanni” on July 31) is Andre Previn and Philip Littell's musical adaptation of Tennessee Williams' drama, which introduces recent Metropolitan National Council winner Julie Adams as Blanche. 7:30 p.m. July 10, 2 p.m. July 12, $25-$60. Everett Auditorium, 450 Church St., S.F.,

Napa Valley Festival del Sole: The lavish 10-day food, wine and performance event begins with violinist Joshua Bell playing Vivaldi at Castello di Amorosa. 6 p.m. July 11, $350 and up. 4045 St. Helena Highway, Calistoga,

Schwabacher Summer Concerts: Tomorrow's huge stars studying with the Merola Opera Program sing in the popular annual concerts featuring excerpts from “Madama Butterfly,” “Carmen,” “La Cenerentola” and other masterworks. 7 p.m. July 17, $25-$40. Everett Auditorium, 450 Church Street, S.F.; also in a free outdoor performance at 2 p.m. July 19, at Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Third streets, S.F.,

La Santa Cecilia: Stanford Live's first summer series begins with the Grammy Award-winning group, named best alternative band of the year by L.A. Weekly, in an afternoon of Latin alternative music. Bay Area favorites Los Cenzontles open. 3 p.m. July 20, $15-$35. Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, (650) 724-2464,

Music Moves Festival: ODC Theater presents 11 diverse performances emphasizing the relationship between music and dance. Highlights include the West Coast debut of Dance Heginbotham as well as works by Joe Goode, Pearl Marill, Kate Weare, Randy Paufve and Brenda Way. The lineup also includes Holcombe Waller, Keith Terry & Corposonic, Dandelion Dancetheater's Bandelion ensemble and San Jose Taiko with DJ Bangerz. July 31-Aug. 24, $15-$45 per concert, $150 for pass. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834,

Milos Karadaglic: Stanford Live presents the Montenegro-born rising star, recipient of Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year Award who has been praised for classical and Latin guitar skills, in an intimate recital. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, $30-$45. Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, (650) 724-2464,

Merola Opera Program Grand Finale: Ari Pelto conducts the singers in a final program of favorite arias and opera scenes, followed by a celebratory reception. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, $25-$45, $50 for reception. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

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