Classical Music & Opera

COURTESY JEANETTE YUCarey Bell solos in Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto

SF clarinetist Carey Bell in spotlight

It’s always fascinating to see the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony…

COURTESY JEANETTE YUCarey Bell solos in Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto
COurtesy photoPiano virtuoso Dmitri Alexeev appears in recital Saturday in a concert presented by Chamber Music San Francisco.

Russian piano great makes SF recital debut

Pianist Dmitri Alexeev understands that there is a natural discordance between performers…

COurtesy photoPiano virtuoso Dmitri Alexeev appears in recital Saturday in a concert presented by Chamber Music San Francisco.
courtesy photoMaya Beiser presents the world premiere of “All Vows” in San Francisco this week.

Cellist Maya Beiser finds spirituality in music

Part musician, part shaman, incomparable cellist Maya Beiser explores the dichotomy between…

courtesy photoMaya Beiser presents the world premiere of “All Vows” in San Francisco this week.
COURTESY KRISTEN LOKENThe San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Young musicians on the rise at SF Symphony

Donato Cabrera clearly remembers the first time he heard the San Francisco…

COURTESY KRISTEN LOKENThe San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
courtesy photoSasha Cooke is the guest soloist in this week’s San Francisco Symphony performances of Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3.

Mezzo Sasha Cooke finds transcendence in Mahler’s Third

Gustav Mahler called it his “monster,” a work so stunning in breadth,…

courtesy photoSasha Cooke is the guest soloist in this week’s San Francisco Symphony performances of Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3.
courtesy photoPianist Yuja Wang and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and four other pianists will celebrate the conductor's birthday with a concert featuring a six-piano work by Liszt.

SF Symphony season marks Michael Tilson Thomas’ 20th anniversary

San Francisco Symphony's 103rd season, announced on Monday, highlights the 20th anniversary…

courtesy photoPianist Yuja Wang and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and four other pianists will celebrate the conductor's birthday with a concert featuring a six-piano work by Liszt.
COURTESY HANS FREDRIK ASBJORNSENFrom left

Serenity from Norway’s Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen’s music has the mystical potential to uplift listeners…

COURTESY HANS FREDRIK ASBJORNSENFrom left
Courtesy PhotoPianist Assaff Weisman performs Beethoven and Dvorák with fellow Juilliard alumni in the first concert during the Music at Meyer series.

Juilliard alumns open Music at Meyer season

Few American traditions have proven so captivating as the Juilliard School stamp…

Courtesy PhotoPianist Assaff Weisman performs Beethoven and Dvorák with fellow Juilliard alumni in the first concert during the Music at Meyer series.
courtesy photoCurrent and past Adler Fellows Efrain Solis

New Century Chamber Orchestra ventures into opera

In a novel and promising enterprise, a chamber-music ensemble is presenting an…

courtesy photoCurrent and past Adler Fellows Efrain Solis
Courtesy photoSteven Schick calls his rare San Francisco recital

Percussion master Steven Schick plays first solo SF show in decades

It’s hard to believe, but the first piece of Western music written…

Courtesy photoSteven Schick calls his rare San Francisco recital
COURTESY mat hennekPianist Hélène Grimaud is part of a program Lionel Bringuier is conducting with the San Francisco Symphony this week at the Davies Symphony Hall.

Hélène Grimaud’s Brahms awaited at SF Symphony

Securely regarded among the foremost musical artists in the world, French pianist…

COURTESY mat hennekPianist Hélène Grimaud is part of a program Lionel Bringuier is conducting with the San Francisco Symphony this week at the Davies Symphony Hall.
COurtesy DEBORAH O’GRADYBay Area composer Samuel Adams

Berkeley Symphony premieres Samuel Adams’ violin concerto

Composer Samuel Adams has a blind spot for the most beloved age…

COurtesy DEBORAH O’GRADYBay Area composer Samuel Adams
COURTESY Ellen APPEL-MIKE MORELANDVadym Kholodenko

Piano virtuoso Vadym Kholodenko makes Bay Area debut

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko is coping with the price of fame. After…

COURTESY Ellen APPEL-MIKE MORELANDVadym Kholodenko
COURTESY PHOTOLeft Coast Chamber Ensemble presents the world premiere of Steve Horowitz’s “The Wonder Pets Save the Circus” in February.

Winter Classical Guide

The beginning of the 2014 performing arts season in the Bay Area…

COURTESY PHOTOLeft Coast Chamber Ensemble presents the world premiere of Steve Horowitz’s “The Wonder Pets Save the Circus” in February.
Courtesy photoYoung singers are invited to Ragazzi’s SingFest! this weekend in Redwood City.

Ragazzi Boys Choir recruits at day camp

On Saturday, the Bay Area’s most prominent boys’ choir, Ragazzi Boys Chorus,…

Courtesy photoYoung singers are invited to Ragazzi’s SingFest! this weekend in Redwood City.
courtesy photoSondra Radvanovsky sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Norma

S.F. Opera 2015-16 season healthy, wealthy and wise

With improvements in the economy, the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming season, announced…

courtesy photoSondra Radvanovsky sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Norma
courtesy photoComposer Mason Bates’ works are paired with Beethoven in two San Francisco Symphony programs this month.

Mason Bates plays electronica with the S.F. Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has a reputation for…

courtesy photoComposer Mason Bates’ works are paired with Beethoven in two San Francisco Symphony programs this month.
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SF Symphony celebrates Gordon Getty’s 80th birthday

Oil billionaire J. Paul Getty once said: “If you can actually count…

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Carolyn Kaster/2012 AP FIle PhotoBurt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach visits the S.F. Symphony

This week in The City, Burt Bacharach will play with the San…

Carolyn Kaster/2012 AP FIle PhotoBurt Bacharach
Jason Kempin/Getty ImageTrumpeter Chris Botti and his band play jazz standards and more with the San Francisco Symphony this week.

The secret behind Chris Botti’s success

Unlike some artists, trumpet great Chris Botti revels in the touring life…

Jason Kempin/Getty ImageTrumpeter Chris Botti and his band play jazz standards and more with the San Francisco Symphony this week.