As students strut their stuff in individual and group graduation concerts, they — and their families — bask in the spotlight. At the same time, music lovers get a chance to hear free concerts and discover stars of the future for themselves.
Friday was a special day for San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. He celebrated his 37th birthday by leading the S.F. Conservatory Orchestra in an exceptional performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
Opera companies have been disappearing lately under the continued bane of the Great Recession, and they don't return ... except one: That's S.F. Lyric Opera. After a hiatus of three years the company is producing David Lang's the little match girl passion at the ODC Theater, March 23-25.
The S.F. Symphony has announced plans for 2012-2013: Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, Executive Director Brent Assink, and Director of Artistic Planning John Mangum have come up with a year-round ambitious and complex program.
This is it: The Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Carl Davis, and the S.F. Silent Film Festival, in the most complete restoration possible of Napoleon, will screen the 5 1/2-hour film four times at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.
It cannot come from a more authoritative source. Frederica von Stade, known and beloved for her constant dedication to young talent, says of César Ulloa: “I’m grateful to know that there is such a guardian angel of singing right here in the Bay Area.”
Todd Donovan, 41, died Monday of complications from a brain tumor. A multi-talented musician, he sang baritone roles, including some major ones; played the saxophone; and produced and performed in benefit recitals across the U.S. and notably in the Bay Area.
A concert by the CSO under the baton of Riccardo Muti offered two thrilling evenings in one: a great orchestra, led by a superb conductor, presenting two fascinating new works, and textbook (but vibrant) readings of evergreen classics.