Young piano sensation Eric Lu headlines Old First Concerts’ “Chopin Birthday Gala” on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo)

Young piano sensation Eric Lu headlines Old First Concerts’ “Chopin Birthday Gala” on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo)

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Classical

Chamber music and oratorios, symphony concerts and intimate recitals with top artists in compelling programs, the classical music calendar is filled with events that should carry us right up to spring. Here are highlights:

New Century Chamber Orchestra: In “Mozart’s Birthday Celebration,” concertmaster Daniel Hope welcomes pianist Menahem Pressler in an all-Mozart program. 8 p.m. Jan. 27. $29-$61. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., ww.ncco.org

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Capucon: Thierry Fischer conducts, cellist Gautier Capucon plays Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 on a program with works by Debussy and Stravinsky. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $35-109. Davies Hall, S.F.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Thibaudet: Thierry Fischer conducts Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist. 8 p.m. Jan. 29. $35-$99. Davies Hall, S.F.

West Side Story: The San Francisco Symphony plays the score live at the film screening. 8 p.m. Feb. 1-3. $46-$166. Davies Hall, S.F.

On Playing Glass: San Francisco Performances presents the Kronos Quartet and Timo Andres playing works by Philip Glass. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. $25-$45. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Lamplighters Music Theatre: In its 65th season, the Gilbert and Sullivan troupe stages “The Gondoliers.” 8 p.m. Feb 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Feb. 4. $44-$59. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.lamplighters.org

Il Ritorno: Australia’s Circa Ensemble pairs circus acrobats with Monteverdi’s 17th century opera, “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.” 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 3 p.m. Feb. 4. $30-$68. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Agave Baroque: The early music ensemble and guest countertenor Reginald Mobley perform “music of love and loss in the shadow of the Thirty Years’ War” (1618–1648)” — works by Johann Christoph Bach, Matthias Weckmann, David Pohle, Johann Pachelbel and more. 4 p.m. Feb. 4. $15-$45. Church of the Advent, 261 Fell St., S.F., www.sfems.org

Debussy Centennial Festival: Pianists Stephen Bailey, Christopher Basso, Sarah Cahill, Daniel Glover, Louise Costigan-Kerns, Jeffrey LaDeur, Laura Magnani, Pete Paesaroch, Robert Schwartz, Brent Smith, Robin Sutherland, Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann are among the performers. 4 p.m. Feb. 4. $5-$23. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Pianists Eric Zivian and Sarah Cahill play Messiaen’s “Visions de l’Amen” on a program with world premieres by Philip Acimovic and Chris Castro. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $35. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

Earplay: The ensemble opens its 33rd home season with “A Delicate Arrangement of Sounds,” a program of 21st century music. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $10-$35. Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.earplay.org


Jorg Widmann, Gilles Vonsattel
: Composer-clarinetist Widmann performs his own works, and, with pianist Vonsattel, explores works by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Weber. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $40-$65. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with pianist Garrick Ohlsson as soloist and Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2. 8 p.m., Feb. 8-10. $39-$139. Davies Hall, S.F.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Cellist Steven Isserlis joins conductor Nicholas McGegan and the early music ensemble in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major on a program with Herschel’s Symphony No. 8, Mozart’s Symphony No. 17 and Haydn’s “Mercury” Symphony. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Herbst Theatre, S.F; also 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at First Congregational Church, Berkeley. $28-$125. www.philharmonia.org

Oakland Symphony: In “Pride and Prejudice: Notes from LGBT,” master of ceremonies Michelle Meow introduces works by Barber, Britten, Higdon and Saint-Saens. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $25-$90. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandsymphony.org

James Ehnes: The Grammy-winning violinist appears in recital of works by Beethoven, Poulenc and Strauss to launch Chamber Music San Francisco’s 2018 series. 3 p.m. Feb. 11. $48-$65. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.chambermusicSF.org

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Violinist Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, accompanied by Britain’s acclaimed period instrument orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 completes the program. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $42-$86. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. www.calperformances.org

Trouble in Tahiti, At the Statue of Venus: Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ present the double bill of one-act operas by Leonard Bernstein and Jake Heggie. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-18; 3 p.m. Feb. 17-18. $30-$170. SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F. www.operaparallele.org, www.sfjazz.org

San Francisco Symphony: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. 2 p.m. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Feb. 16-17. $35-$169. Davies Hall, S.F.

Narek Hakhnazaryan: The award-wining cellist, accompanied by pianist Noreen Polera, plays works by Schumann, Brahms, Massenet, Albeniz and others. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $40. Herbst Theatre, S.F. www.sfperformances.org

Dorothea Roschmann: The soprano appears in recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau in a program of Schubert, Mahler, Schumann and Wagner lieder. 8 p.m. Feb. 16. $68 and up. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, www.calperformances.org

Yefim Bronfman: The pianist plays Prokofiev, Debussy and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. $35-$99. Davies Hall, S.F.

Danish String Quartet: The ensemble, in its San Francisco debut, plays Bartok, Beethoven and Nordic folk music. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. $40-$65. Herbst Theatre, S.F. www.sfperformances.org

Philip Glass Ensemble: The group performs Glass’ “Music with Changing Parts” with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and students from the S.F. Conservatory of Music. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $45-$120. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Alessio Bax, piano
: The musicians play works by Mozart, Schubert, Poulenc and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. $40-$65. Herbst Theatre, S.F. www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony with Andrey Boreyko: The conductor leads Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 on a program with violinist Vadim Gluzman playing Bernstein. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-24. $15-$159. Davies Hall, S.F.

Michael Schade: The tenor appears with violinist Livia Sohn and pianist Kevin Murphy in a program of lieder and opera. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $48-$65. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.chambermusicSF.org

West Edge Opera: The Snapshot series presents excerpts from new, previously un-produced operas by West Coast composers and librettists. 3 p.m. Feb. 25. $40. Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., westedgeopera.org

American Bach Soloists: Jeffrey Thomas leads “St. John Passion.” 4 p.m. Feb. 25. $35-$89. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell ST., S.F., www.americanbach.org

Young piano sensation Eric Lu headlines Old First Concerts’ “Chopin Birthday Gala” on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo)

Chopin Birthday Gala: Pianist Eric Lu, 19, winner of international Chopin competitions, makes an exclusive Old First Concerts appearance. 4 p.m. Feb. 25. $5-$23. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan: San Francisco Symphony presents the pianists playing Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Schumann and Maura Lanza. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. $37-$99. Davies Hall, S.F.

San Francisco Symphony, with Pablo Heras-Casado: The maestro conducts Brahms, Salonen and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. $15-$159. March 1-3. Davies Hall, S.F.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The pianist plays Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” sonata and music by Russian mystic and composer Nikolai Obukhov. 7:30 p.m. March 2. $40-$70. Herbst Theatre, S.F. www.sfperformances.org

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ perform “My Lai” in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on March 4.
(Courtesy Zoran Orlic)

My Lai: Kronos Quartet, with vocalist Rinde Eckert and instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ, appear in the staged work by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman about the aftermath of the 1968 massacre in Vietnam. 7 p.m. March 4. $36-$68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. www.calperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra: Christian Reif conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and other works. 2 p.m. March 4. $15-$55. Davies Hall, S.F.

Les Délices: The early music ensemble plays experimental works of the French Rococo in “Age of Indulgence.” 4 p.m. March 4. $15-$50. Church of the Advent, 261 Fell St., S.F., www.sfems.org

San Francisco Symphony, with Simon Trpcesci: The pianist plays Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on a program with works by Rachmaninoff and Tippett. 8 p.m. March 8-10. $45-$160. Davies Hall, S.F.

San Francisco Symphony, with Behzod Abduraimov: The pianist plays Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 on program with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Copland and Charles Wuorinen. 8 p.m. March 15-17. $15-$155, Davies Hall, S.F.,

Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich: The violinist and pianist appear in recital, playing sonatas by Bach and Franck. 2 p.m. March 16. $70-$195. Davies Hall, S.F.

San Francisco Symphony, with Gil Shaham: The violinist plays Berg’s Violin Concerto and MTT conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. 8 p.m. March 22-24, 2 p.m. March 25. $35-$159. Davies Hall, S.F. Agave BaroqueCalendarClassical MusicDanish String QuartetDebussy Centennial CelebrationDorothea RoschmannearplayItzhak PerlmanJames EhnesJorg WidmannKronos QuartetMartha ArgerichMy LaiNarek HakhnazaryanNew Century Chamber OrchestraOakland SymphonyOld First ConcertsOn Playing GlassOpera ParalleleOrchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentPhilharmonia Baroque OrchestraPhilip Glass EnsemblePierre-Laurent AimardRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraSan Francisco PerformancesSan Francisco SymphonySteven IsserlisTrouble in Tahiti

 

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ perform “My Lai” in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on March 4.

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ perform “My Lai” in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on March 4.

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