Previews

Each week, SFCV looks behind the scenes to give you a sneak peak of what's coming up on stages around the Bay Area...so you can learn about concerts before they happen.

Upcoming Concert
August 23, 2011

Pretty much the pick of this week's concerts is the San Francisco Choral Society's full-scale production of Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah.

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Upcoming Concert
August 23, 2011

In recital at Old First Concerts this weekend, cellist Robert Howard (San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque) and his duo partner Elizabeth Dorman offer a variety of interesting music beginning with one of my personal faves, Toru Takemitsu (Orion).

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Upcoming Concert
August 23, 2011

How often does our City’s Symphony turn 100 years old, and how often can we exult classical music en masse? Here’s the chance to celebrate the longevity and essence of the San Francisco Symphony, with a free, live concert carnival in the Civic Center Plaza.

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Artist Spotlight
August 22, 2011

A noted opera director reflects on collaborating with San Francisco Opera on a new work based on the 9/11 attacks.

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Artist Spotlight
August 17, 2011

The jazz legend reflects on his musical origins and work with Miles Davis and others, and gives his views on reconnecting people with their cultural roots.

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Upcoming Concert
  • Free Event
August 16, 2011

Le Jazz Hot Quartet plays French Gypsy Jazz, naming themselves after (and playing some of the repertoire of) the pioneering French combo of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli and their Quintette du Hot Club du France. The string ensemble (Hot Club of San Francisco is their touring name) has been playing these tunes for 11 years, and they make a pair of appearances at Yoshi's San Francisco in October, among other gigs. But on August 18, they bring Paris to Palo Alto, playing a set for free at the Stanford Shopping Center. Sure, there's an American swing to this group, but that's all to the good. Bring your dancing shoes.

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Upcoming Concert
  • Free Event
August 16, 2011

And this Sunday Dolora Zajick sings for free as part of the San Francisco Opera's performance at Stern Grove. That's right: $100 a ticket to see her in the opera house, free at Stern Grove. And then there's this: even if you arrive late – heck, even if you picnic in the parking lot – you'll still hear her loud and clear.

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Upcoming Concert
August 16, 2011

Philip Glass has got a pick-up band of all stars ready for his inaugural Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley. The first weekend features Glass' compositions paired with works by Franz Schubert and Dmitri Shostakovich. Personally, if forced to pick one, I'd opt for Saturday night at Hidden Valley, with Glass' String Quartet No. 5 paired with Schubert's evergreen Piano Trio in B-Flat, D. 898.

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Upcoming Concert
August 10, 2011

Launching its 35th season, the S.F. Early Music Society celebrates passionate, accessible German cantatas from the 17th century.

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Upcoming Concert
August 9, 2011

At Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga, the Music in the Vineyards husband-and-wife team of Michael and Daria Adams have put together quite a program.

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