The lunar new year, which started yesterday, means celebrations for Vietnamese (Te’t), Koreans (Seol-nal), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), and many others, but the shorthand reference is usually “Chinese New Year.” And, for Chinese, Chinese-Americans, and and all San Franciscans, it is Year 4710 (or 4709 or 4649, depending).
Merola Opera Program’s 55th season opens with announcements of bequests totaling $3.5 million from the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust and the Blanche Thebom Trust. Lund was a native San Franciscan supporter of the arts whose trust fund was established in 2000, especially dedicated to the training of young musicians.
Thursday's German Requiem offered yet another grand performance from the S.F. Symphony, an unforgettable one by Ragnar Bohlin's brilliant SFS Chorus, and yet something refreshingly different from other approaches.