Alan Gilbert led the S.F. Symphony in a brief concert that was long on good graces, establishing close and effortless contact with the orchestra, and polishing off the two similar classics with panache.
Repeating the adjective on purpose: An extraordinary event is being planned on Dec. 3 in Herbst Theatre to honor the extraordinary mezzo and benefactor to young talent, especially in the Bay Area’s disadvantaged areas.
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.