Bay Area Music Groups

The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].

Lamplighters Music Theatre

Light opera and musical theater with a focus on Gilbert and Sullivan

Founded: 1952
Artistic Director: Rick Williams
Where to hear them: Various locations throughout the Bay Area

Laney College Choir

Artistic Director: John Reager
Where to hear them: Laney College

Laney College's Oakland City Chorus

Artistic Director: John Reager

Lark Theater

Artistic Director: Bernice Baeza
Where to hear them: 549 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur CA

Las Positas College

Artistic Director: Ian Brekke
Where to hear them: Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts - Las Positas College

Laudami Ensemble

The Laudami Ensemble consists of young musicians David Ross on flute, violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, and harpsichordist Michael Peterson. As period instrument specialists, they are dedicated to giving lively interpretations of music from the Baroque era. The performers are currently finishing their studies at the Juilliard School and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Founded: 2013

Laurel Ensemble

A mixed ensemble of piano, strings, and winds, it has the versatility to perform a wide range of music. Dedicated to innovative programming, thier repertoire includes forgotten gems, commssioned works, and classic masterpieces of the past four centuries.

Founded: 2005
Where to hear them: Various venues around the Bay Area and beyond

Le Petit Trianon Theatre

Le Petit Trianon is home for many of San Jose's performing arts & cultural groups and attracts more than 20,000 patrons annually.

Founded: Built in 1923, re-purposed as concert venue around 1984
Artistic Director: Mary Ehrari (Vice President)
Where to hear them: Le Petit Trianon Theatre

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

This 12-member chamber group presents its own season of diverse works, and appears throughout the Bay Area as part of other local concert series. With a serious commitment to challenging and new works, Left Coast sponsors an annual composition competition and performs the winning work each spring.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Anna Presler, violist and artistic director
Where to hear them: San Francisco, Mill Valley and other Bay Area locales

Legends of the Knight

LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT weaves together the stirring true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community, and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman. Through the deeply personal tales of Batman fans, writers, and filmmakers, this feature-length documentary explores the power of heroic stories and encourages viewers to find their own path to heroism. Funded by over 1,100 contributors from around the world, LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT is a return to our childhood dreams of being a hero. Each one of us has the ability to overcome our own challenges and to make a positive difference. Explore this site to learn about the unique opportunities to share this message with the rising heroes in your world.

Legion of Honor

Artistic Director: Renee Baldocchi
Where to hear them: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor

Leipzig Cantata Project

The Leipzig Cantata Project is building new audiences for Bach cantata performances by presenting full Bach cantatas with full period instrument orchestra with wine, snacks, and an engaging guest speaker who can give historical/liturgical/spiritual context to bring this text alive for anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. We believe that building new audiences starts with never skimping on artistic values. Our performances feature the leading, established experts in the field of period performance, such as John Thiessen (recently profiled in the New York Times and a professor at Juilliard) and Elizabeth Blumenstock (very familiar to local audiences and also a professor at Juilliard and concertmaster at major baroque orchestras). These fantastically engaging musicians lead an ensemble consisting of both established and emerging artists to create engaging and memorable artistic experiences. The culinary aspect to our events is inspired by similar presentations by successful events by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto with food and drink. We hope that integrating these into a Bach cantata experience will mean a totally new level of engagement from audiences future and present. The result is a multisensory, inspirational, emotionally fulfilling performance. Combined with low ticket prices of $20, made possible through generous donations of snacks and wine, the Leipzig Cantata Project hopes to help build new audiences that feel the same intense passion for this music that we artists do. Tickets | Donations

Founded: 2016
Where to hear them: San Francisco and beyond