Bay Area Music Groups

The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].

Electric Basement Crew

Artistic Director: Electric Basement Crew
Where to hear them:

Elektra Women's Choir

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Morna Edmundson
Where to hear them: Vancouver, Canada, and on tour

Elemental Music

Elemental Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, training, and nurturing young musicians on the Westside of Los Angeles. More than 1,500 students have participated in Elemental Music programs since 2004. What started with serving only 25 elementary school students has grown to serving nearly 300 elementary and middle school students in 7 different ensemble and lesson programs during the most current season.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Josephine Moerschel
Where to hear them: Santa Monica, CA

Elevate Ensemble

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Chad Goodman

Elite Artists

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Sherry Chen Lin

Embarcadero Center Cinema

INFO: 7 screens. Built in 1995. Operated by Landmark since 1995. The Embarcadero Center Cinema is located in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District on the corner of Battery and Clay. Since opening on Bastille Day in 1995, the seven-screen cinema has taken the city of San Francisco by storm. It is not only one of the busiest and highest grossing Landmark Theatres, it also ranks nationally among the most successful and prestigious theatres featuring high-profile independent film and foreign language cinema.

The Embarcadero's friendly and efficient staff and the theatre's roomy lobby and concession area will make your movie-going experience pleasurable each and every time. The concession stand features organic iced teas, Fair Trade chocolate bars, and freshly popped kettle corn, as well as several hot food offerings like steak & cilantro empanadas and veggie egg rolls.

In 2013, the theatre underwent renovations. It re-open Friday, November 1, 2013, with seven auditoriums and was remodeled to give it a contemporary feel and to showcase a number of new amenities and unique architectural elements. The brand new 35' long concession stand has a glassdisplay case featuring Landmark's famous fresh hot popcorn as well as a selection of organic snacks and cookies, freshly made cappuccinos and a variety of upscale and traditional candy choices. In the new bar area particular attention was paid to creating a cool place to enjoy a glass of wine or beer before or after the film. The lounge space has large built-in sofas creating a feeling of total luxury and comfort. A wide offering of wine and beer, including selections from local vineyards and breweries is available to order.

Part of the renovation included a total upgrade using the latest in technology to elevate the customer experience. Guests can now take advantage of easy 'print-at-home' or mobile ticketing, utilize reserved seating or pick up tickets at kiosks in the lobby. Additionally, the Embarcadero is the first movie theatre in San Francisco to feature a new assistive listening system for the hearing impaired that wirelessly sends pure sound to hearing aids that have the 'telecoil,' eliminating background noise and the need for a headset.

Stadium seating was installed in the largest auditorium and as an extra special touch, four of the seven auditoriums are now stadium-style luxury Screening Lounges with specially designed leather-feel recliners with electric controls for added comfort. Each auditorium will have crystal clear projection, new sound systems and wall-to-wall screens.

Emerald City Baroque Ensemble

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Joshua Romatowski
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area and Seatte

Emily Tian

Piano music

Empress Theatre

Nonprofit theatre that presents music acts