San Francisco Conservatory of Music just announced its 2021 Fall season of performances, bracketed by orchestral concerts on Sept. 25 and Dec. 11 in the reopened Concert Hall, and featuring the annual gala to support scholarships on Nov. 12, with Yo-Yo Ma. A busy chamber-music season will take place in the new Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts.
As part of pandemic-related safety precautions, performances held at the Bowes Center will be open for in-person attendance by members of the SFCM community and invited guests only and will be streamed live. In the Concert Hall, proof of full vaccination is required and face masks must be worn.
SFCM Music Director Edwin Outwater, guest and student conductors lead the Conservatory Orchestra; Nicole Paiement directs New Music Ensemble performances; there is a fully-staged opera production of Hansel and Gretel; and a concert by the Roots, Jazz, and American Music Big Band and Latin Ensemble.
Violinist and pre-college alumna Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist faculty member Bonnie Hampton, and the Telegraph Quartet will be featured in concerts.
From the fall calendar, in the Concert Hall if location is not indicated; events start at 7:30 p.m. or at the time shown:
Sept. 25: SFCM Orchestra, conducted by Outwater and student conductor David Baker; works by PaviElle French, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Samuel Barber, and Aaron Copland. The concert is dedicated to the memory of the late faculty member Michael Morgan.
Oct. 12: Barbro Osher Recital Hall, with pianist Shai Wosner and faculty members; works by Fauré, Brahms, Kurtág.
Oct. 23: SFCM Orchestra, conducted by Outwater and student conductor Jaco Wong; works by Beethoven, Chausson, Sibelius.
Oct. 31: SFCM Baroque Orchestra, Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed, directors; works by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi, and Destouches.
Nov. 9, Barbro Osher Recital Hall: SFCM alumna Amy Schwartz Moretti curates a program with SFCM students and faculty; works by Jessie Montgomery, Debussy, Mendelssohn.
Nov. 12: Annual Gala, with Yo-Yo Ma, program and ticket sales to be announced on Sept. 20. Contact Jacqueline Pasek at [email protected]
Nov. 15, 2 p.m.: Nicole Paiement leads the New Music Ensemble in works by Nico Muhly, Kate Whitley, Carlo Lucero, Tyshawn Sorey, Bryce Dessner.
Dec. 5 and 6, Barbro Osher Recital Hall: Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Curt Pajer, directed by Heather Mathews.
Dec. 11: SFCM Orchestra, with conductor Earl Lee and student David Baker; works by Brahms, Lowell Liebermann, Tchaikovsky.
More details and reservations available at the online SFCM performance calendar.