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].

Alexander String Quartet

Known equally for their interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, as well as of contemporary music, the ASQ has an international reputation for excellence. Based in San Francisco, the ASQ is Ensemble in Residence with SF Performances and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. They also direct the Instructional Program of the May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Center at SF State University. The Ensemble also tours internationally and records extensively, primarily for Foghorn Classics.

Founded: 1981
Where to hear them: Herbst Theater, San Francisco, Morrison Artists Series at SFSU, and many other venues in Bay Area and beyond

Alexey Rybnikov Theater Company, Moscow

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Alexey Rybnikov
Where to hear them: In Moscow and on tour.

Ali Akbar College of Music

The Ali Akbar College of Music offers education in the classical music of North India at the highest professional level. Our primary instructors have studied with the internationally recognized sarode player, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, for many years and teach alongside our master of percussion, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. At the college, students learn the necessary musical skills, knowledge and understanding to contribute significantly to musical life. Our international student body ranges from beginner to accomplished professional. Facilities include several practice rooms, classrooms and a concert hall. Students learn to play the classical music of North India on the instrument of their choice, Indian or non-Indian. All are encouraged to learn vocal music. Cross training in raga (melody) and tala (percussion) are encouraged, though typically the student will specialize in either raga or tala.

Alice's Renaissanc String Band

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: sally blaker
Where to hear them: venues in berkeley

All Saints Episcopal Church Concerts

Present monthly free (goodwill offerings accepted) classical chamber concerts at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Daniel Nebel
Where to hear them: All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577

All Saints' Episcopal Choir, Palo Alto

Founded: 1892
Artistic Director: Rodney Gehrke
Where to hear them: All Saints' Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

All Souls Berkeley Music Program

Sponsors occasional salon concerts as well as special liturgical music concerts.

Founded: 1997 in its present form
Artistic Director: Christopher Putnam
Where to hear them: All Souls Episcopal Church, Berkeley, corner of Cedar & Spruce Sts.

Alliance Française

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Mark Starr and Isabelle Chapuis
Where to hear them: Tateuchi Hall - Community Music School and Arts - Mountain View

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Alonzo King

Altered Sight Theater Company

We present politically relevant theater/dance performances once a year and music showcases twice a year.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Jenny Adler
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Directed by Kathleen Hermesdorf with Albert Mathias in San Francisco, ALTERNATIVA is an apparatus for deeply integrated dance and music via creation, improvisation, performance, education and curation. Hermesdorf and Mathias create and instigate performance work based in visceral, dynamic and experimental investigations into ineffable aspects of the human condition.