Classical Music

Yonghoon Lee and Anna Pirozzi play the doomed lovers in San Francisco Opera’s “Andrea Chénier.

Production, guillotine sharp in SF Opera’s ‘Andrea Chénier’

In Giordano’s pinnacle verismo work “Andrea Chénier,” which takes place during the…

Yonghoon Lee and Anna Pirozzi play the doomed lovers in San Francisco Opera’s “Andrea Chénier.
Deborah Karp is among the choreographers featured in West Wave Dance Festival’s ”25 Artists for 25 Years” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lynne Fried)

Fall 2016 Performing Arts Preview: Classical and Dance

Local, national and internationally acclaimed artists dance, sing and play on! San…

Deborah Karp is among the choreographers featured in West Wave Dance Festival’s ”25 Artists for 25 Years” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lynne Fried)
Retiring San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley gave soprano Renée Fleming the San Francisco Opera Medal at Thursday’s gala concert at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Opera stars bid fun, fond farewell to David Gockley

Perhaps the best thing from “Celebrating David!” at the War Memorial Opera…

Retiring San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley gave soprano Renée Fleming the San Francisco Opera Medal at Thursday’s gala concert at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Malin Byström, bottom, and Karita Mattila give emotional performances in San Francisco Opera’s “Jenůfa.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Franicsco Opera)

Mommie dearest rules the house in SF Opera’s ‘Jenůfa’

San Francisco Opera has recruited two excellent sopranos for the pivotal roles…

Malin Byström, bottom, and Karita Mattila give emotional performances in San Francisco Opera’s “Jenůfa.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Franicsco Opera)
René Pape, left, and Michael Fabiano are excellent in San Francisco Opera’s revival of “Don Carlo.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera hits royal flush with ‘Don Carlo’

It’s been 13 years since San Francisco Opera has staged “Don Carlo,”…

René Pape, left, and Michael Fabiano are excellent in San Francisco Opera’s revival of “Don Carlo.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Irene Roberts opened San Francisco Opera’s summer season with a strong performance as the title character in Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera’s Carmen asks ‘Do you wanna ride in my Mercedes, boy?’

In Bizet’s “Carmen,” the title character goes through lovers like a spoiled…

Irene Roberts opened San Francisco Opera’s summer season with a strong performance as the title character in Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)

‘Airborne Symphony’ takes off in SF at last

The music of Marc Blitzstein isn’t often performed in the Bay Area,…

Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)
Red Bull Flying Bach dancers took to San Francisco streets in April to preview their show at the Masonic this weekend. (Courtesy Red Bull)

Fugue meets break dance in Flying Bach

Appearing in the Bay Area this week, Red Bull Flying Bach showcases…

Red Bull Flying Bach dancers took to San Francisco streets in April to preview their show at the Masonic this weekend. (Courtesy Red Bull)
Runners and participants make their way through the finish line during the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, May 15, 2016. (Natasha Dangond/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bay to Breakers 2016

Photos from the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif.…

Runners and participants make their way through the finish line during the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, May 15, 2016. (Natasha Dangond/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco sheriffs arrest a woman as protestors occupied City Hall demanding the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘Frisco Five’ supporters clash with sherriff’s deputies at City Hall

Protests at City Hall on Friday evening turned into a violent clash as the night…

San Francisco sheriffs arrest a woman as protestors occupied City Hall demanding the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cypress String Quartet (from left, Ethan Filner, Cecily Ward, Jennifer Kloetzel and Tom Stone) is ending its two-decade run with a series of free concerts all over The City. (Courtesy Gregory Goode)

Cypress String Quartet closes 20-year run with pop-up Beethoven concerts

San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet is offering a rare treat this month,…

Cypress String Quartet (from left, Ethan Filner, Cecily Ward, Jennifer Kloetzel and Tom Stone) is ending its two-decade run with a series of free concerts all over The City. (Courtesy Gregory Goode)