Calefax, an innovative wind quintet from Amsterdam, opens Chamber Music San Francisco’s 2019 season. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve)

Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Classical

Chamber, symphony and choral music fills concert halls throughout region. Here are some highlights:

Ran Dank: The pianist performs Frederic Rzewski’s 1970s-era work, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” 36 variations on a political song popular in Chile before the overthrow of Allende; the program begins a four-day series of politically themed music presented by San Francisco Performances’ Pivot program. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, $40. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., www.sfperformances.org

Kronos Quartet: The San Francisco new music group and collaborators (including East Bay music students) play music commissioned in its “Fifty for the Future” series. 8 p.m. Jan. 25. $24-$68. Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet: In collaboration with internet archive and data artist Greg Niemeye, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky created a multimedia work also featuring performances by Classical Revolution and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. 8 p.m. Jan. 25. $15-$75. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, St., 700 Howard St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Ensemble For These Times: “56×54: But Wait! There’s More!” by the new music chamber group includes 15 short contemporary works, eight by women. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. $5-$15. Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F., http://www.e4tt.org/

Gabriel Kahane: San Francisco Performances’ Pivot series hosts the singer-songwriter performing “8980: Book of Travelers,” a collection of portraits of people he met on an 8,980-mile trip he took the morning after the 2016 presidential election. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. $40. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Voices of Music: The ensemble performs selections from the 14th through 18th centuries from Azerbaijan, Italy, Quebec, Scotland and Spain and a new work by Dutch-American composer Hanneke van Proosdij. 8 p.m. Jan. 26. $5-$47. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.voicesofmusic.org

Music of Remembrance Ensemble: The Seattle group’s concert “Banned, Exiled, Murdered!” offers music by composers whose lives and music were targeted by Nazis. 7 p.m. Jan. 27. $20-$50. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, musicatkohl.org

Ives Collective: The program showcases violinist Kay Stern and pianist Elizabeth Schumann playing the premiere of Kamyar Mohajer’s Fugue for String Trio in a program also with works by Bach and Schumann. 4 p.m. Jan. 27. $5-$25. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Leonidas Kavakos: The Greek violinist, accompanied by pianist Enrico Pace, plays works by Bartok, Beethoven, Enescu and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, $30-$99. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Inon Barnatan, Calidore String Quartet: San Francisco Performances presents the pianist and ensemble in an all Bach program, playing selections from “The Art of the Fugue.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $45-$70. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony, with Herbert Blomstedt: The orchestra’s former music director conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 8.” 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2. $34-$156. Davies Hall, S.F., www.symphony.org

Berkeley Symphony: Jonathon Heyward conducts “Britten & Bernstein” on a program with the premiere of Hannah Kendall’s “Disillusioned Dreamer” performed by pianist Andrew Tyson. 8 p.m. Jan. 31. $12.25-$72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeleysymphony.org

Bach and Sons: Guy Fishman, cello and Derek Tam, harpsichord, play music of J.S. Bach and his sons including duets and solo works. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. $20-$25. S.F. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Alexander String Quartet & Robert Greenberg
: “Brahms and the Schumanns: A Love Triangle for the Ages” is the focus of the series of chamber concerts with expert commentary. 10 a.m. Feb. 2, Feb. 9, March 23 and May 18. $40-$60 per event. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Ensemble San Francisco: The chamber group dedicated to fresh programming plays works by Fauré, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Sheridan Seyfried. 4 p.m. Feb. 3. $5-$25. Old First Church, S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Symphony, with Gil Shaham: The violinist plays Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and the premiere of Steve Mackey’s “Portals, Scenes and Celebrations,” a commission for MTT’s 75th birthday. 8 p.m. Feb. 7-9. $20-$156. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays Franz Clement’s Violin Concerto in D major in “Viennese Pivot,” a program also with works by Mozart and Schubert. 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Herbst Theatre, S.F; also 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at First Congregational Church, Berkeley. $22-$120. www.philharmonia.org

Emanuel Ax, Oakland Symphony: The pianist joins the orchestra, led by Michael Morgan, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, “Egmont” and “Coiolanus” overtures, along with choral works featuring the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus. 8 p.m. Feb. 8. $25-$200. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandsymphony.org

The Choral Project: The Silicon Valley-based choir’s “Art of Sound: Seeking a Home” includes a reprise performance of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” and repertoire related to finding a safe haven. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $10-$25. Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, www.brownpapertickets.com

New Century Chamber Orchestra: Daniel Hope leads program of familiar works through a new lens, featuring the title work of his recording “Recomposed: Vivaldi-The Four Seasons by Max Richter.” 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $29-$61. Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., ww.cityboxoffice.com

Cut Circle: The early music vocal ensemble appears in “To Love Another…,” with selections of “both romantic and spiritual intensity by Du Fay, Ockeghem, Josquin, and their contemporaries.” 4 p.m. Feb. 9. $40-$45. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, S.F., cutcircle.org

Sergio Assad & Odair Assad: The Brazilian virtuoso brothers perform Brazilian music for two guitars. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $40-$60. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

Saint Michael Trio: The group plays music by composers who were (and are) other-worldly child prodigies: Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and current young sensation Alma Deutscher. 3 p.m. Feb. 10. $20-$38. Montalvo Arts, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, www.montalvoarts.org

Calefax: The pioneering wind quintet from Amsterdam, a “classical ensemble with a pop mentality and a varied repertoire ranging from the 1100 to present day,” opens Chamber Music San Francisco’s 2019 series. 3 p.m. Feb. 10. $30-$48. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.chambermusicSF.org

Maki Namekawa, Dennis Russell Davies: Other Minds presents the pianists playing music by Shostakovich and Stravinsky. 4 p.m. Feb. 10. $25-$40. Taube Atrium Theater, S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

St. Lawrence String Quartet: The program spans four centuries of high art featuring compositions by Joseph Haydn, Jonathan Berger, Beethoven and Osvaldo Golijov. 4 p.m. Feb. 10. $60. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Earplay: The new music ensemble’s 34th season focuses on composer Tristan Murail; its opening program “Mise en abyme” includes premieres by Murail, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen Blumber, Hi Kyung Kim and Charles Nichols. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $10-$35. Taube Atrium Theater, S.F., www.earplay.org

Leon Fleisher & Jonathan Biss, piano: The 90th birthday celebration with Fleisher, Biss and pianist Katherine Jacobson includes works by Bach, Kirchner, Schubert, Dvorak and Ravel. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. $45-$75. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.sfperformances.org

San Francisco Symphony, with András Schiff: The pianist and conductor and the S.F. Symphony Chorus appear in a program of works by Bach and Mendelssohn. 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 17, 8 p.m. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. $49-$165. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Curtis on Tour: Lieder Alive presents Curtis Institute of Music artists perform Brahms “Liebeslieder Waltzes” for vocal quartet and piano, four hands, Op. 52, and selected lieder and duets on the theme of love. 5 p.m. Feb. 17. $20-$75. Noe Valley Ministry, S.F., liederalive.org

Joyce DiDonato: The mezzo soprano’s eclectic recital mixes Italian Baroque arias with jazz ballads and favorites from the Great American Songbook. 8 p.m. Feb. 20. $25-$150. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Ilker Arcayurek: The young Turkish tenor performs Schubert’s “Winterreise” in his San Francisco recital debut. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $45. Herbst Theatre, S.F. www.sfperformances.org

Howards End, America: Earplay and RealOpera present the premiere of the chamber opera by composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens inspired by the E.M. Forster novel and set in Boston. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2 p.m. Feb. 24. $30. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

San Francisco Symphony, with Daniel Harding: The conductor leads an all-Schumann program featuring pianist Lars Vogt. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2 p.m. Feb. 24. $20-$156. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Takács Quartet: Cal Performances presents the ensemble playing works by Haydn, Bartok and Grieg. 3 p.m. Feb. 24. $55-$110. Hertz Hall, off Bancroft Way and College Avenue, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Chopin Birthday Gala: Pianist Kevin Kenner appears in the annual concert presented by San Francisco Chopin Foundation. 4 p.m. March 3. $5-$25. Old First Church, S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra: Christian Reif conducts Debussy’s “Iberia” and Bizet’s “L’arlesienne” Suite No. 2. 2 p.m. March 3. $20-$55. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Clarinetist Jerome Simas’ and violist Kurt Rohde are featured in new works by David Conte, Tina Tallon, Elainie Lillios and Peter Van Zandt Lane, along with Rebecca Clarke’s 1919 Viola Sonata. 7:30 p.m. March 4. $35. Conservatory of Music, S.F., www.leftcoastensemble.org

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: In “Tales of Two Cities: Leipzig and Damascus,” the group plays a cross-cultural program of works by Bach, Telemann and Handel as well as classical Arabic music. 7:30 p.m. March 8. $38-$90. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, https://live.stanford.edu/

Livermore Valley Opera: Rob Herriot directs Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” 7:30 p.m. March 9 and March 16, 2 p.m. March 10 and March 17. $42-$90. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, www.lvopera.com

Matt Haimovitz: The cellist, and pianist Vijay Iver, appear in a concert of music by of Zakir Hussein, John McLaughlin, JS Bach, Ravi Shankar and Billy Strayhorn. 7:30 p.m. March 9. $45-$70. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.chambermusicSF.org

Pacifica Quartet: Chamber Music San Francisco presents the ensemble playing Shostakovich quartets, with commentary by conductor and scholar Paul Phillips. 8 p.m. March 15. $30-$48. Herbst Theatre, S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Philharmonia Orchestra: Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the London orchestra in three different programs on the theme “Citizenship,” spotlighting “the human side of the current debate on immigration and nationalism.” 8 p.m. March 15-16, 3 p.m. March 17. $40-$125. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. www.calperformances.org

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: “The British Are Coming” includes music from the Beatles to Adele to Sir Elton John and Queen, and folk tunes. 8 p.m. March 22. $25-$125. Davies Hall, S.F., www.sfgmc.org

Opera Parallèle: The opera troupe presents “Today It Rains,” a new chamber opera inspired by the life of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laura Kaminsky with a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. 7:30 p.m. March 28-30; 2 p.m. March 31. 17-18. $65-$175. Z Space, S.F., https://operaparallele.org/

Just Posted

You’ve heard of the Clinton Park boulders. Now, meet the Ingleside Pathway blockade

Move over Clinton Park boulders, you’ve got competition. While weeks ago a… Continue reading

Treasure Island director presents plan to extend relocation benefits to more residents

Newer residents facing displacement from Treasure Island’s redevelopment could soon get help… Continue reading

Steve Kerr addresses Donald Trump and NBA-China rift

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr addresses the mocking comments of President Donald Trump

High school mural backers move planned ballot measure to November

Group seeking to preserve controversial historic fresco and keep it visible to public

Most Read