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].
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.
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.
Present monthly free (goodwill offerings accepted) classical chamber concerts at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro
Sponsors occasional salon concerts as well as special liturgical music concerts.
We present politically relevant theater/dance performances once a year and music showcases twice a year.
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.