David Ramadanoff's downbeat for the Vallejo Symphony's season-opening concert marks two remarkable, contrasting events: the 80th season for the orchestra of a small city, and a comeback from last year's seemingly terminal money problems.
However ambiguous you may feel about the mix of history, hype, (literal) flag-waving, a huge production effort (including a dozen Merola/Adler veterans, from Thomas Hampson to Patrick Summers to such young talent as Nadine Sierra), and the possible elevation of Chris Theofan
Levine Injured, Luisi Steps In, Withdraws from SFS Concerts
James Levine's precarious health suffered a new setback over the weekend, and the Metropolitan Opera music director announced on Tuesday that he is withdrawing from fall performances at the Met. Levine had emergency surgery in New York after a fall while on vacation in Vermont.
The local arts community, spearheaded by a representative working group called the San Francisco Arts Alliance, is hosting a Mayoral Arts Forum at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Yerba Buena's Novellus Theater.
Unlike the U.S. debt ceiling's rendezvous with destiny, San Francisco Opera's budget situation is in much better shape, thanks in part to union cooperation and willingness to (pardon my French) compromise.More »
Wherever you may be, the "here" of the Proms is BBC-3 on the Web. The "now" extends through Sept. 10, when "Last Night at the Proms" rules in its unruly ways. Listening live is fairly convenient on the West Coast, with webcasts mostly from 11 a.m.