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January 24, 2013

Music for FamiliesJanuary 26: Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony. Another in a series of “outreach” concerts, to show the uninitiated or unfamiliar how things work in an orchestra. Recommended for children 7 and up. Program includes selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker; the first movement from Schubert’s Symphony No. 8; Dvořák's Slavonic Dance No. 7, and other popular selections, conducted by Donato Cabrera who, among other things, leads the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. This is a great chance to make a musical introduction. In Davies Symphony Hall at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12.50 to $60.

Other Chinese New Years’ events: Parade and performances on Sunday Feb. 10, in Berkeley, on Solano Avenue featuring a Lion Dance by the Golden Lion, Acrobatics by the San Francisco Circus, songs by the Cornell and Ocean View Schools’ Chinese After-School Program. On Feb. 10, in San Jose, on Santana Row: an afternoon of Chinese New Year festivities, including ethnic groups performances, martial arts, a traditional fashion show, and more.

January 27, Sunday. San Francisco Opera presents a free family movie screening of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West; first performed in 1910; an opera about gold miners, Mexican gangs, shootings, hearts of gold, a rigged card game, and basically girl gets boy, who doesn’t get hanged as a thief after all. Sung in Italian, with English subtitles; recommended for ages 8 and up. A great introduction to classic Italian opera. Jan. 27: 11 a.m.; Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; April 21, 1 p.m. Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos; April 27: 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.; Oshman Family JCC, Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Palo Alto.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is