Previews

Each week, SFCV looks behind the scenes to give you a sneak peak of what's coming up on stages around the Bay Area...so you can learn about concerts before they happen.

Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
Now in her absolute prime, Cecilia Bartoli has established herself as one of the greatest singers of this or any age. It’s not just her phenomenal technique and unique, rapid-fire coloratura, both of which will be amply demonstrated in her presentation of María Malibrán’s Salon Romantique. Nor is it simply a matter of vocal beauty, which she supplies in abundance. Rather, it is the fact that she employs her gifts with consummate musical intelligence. With Bartoli’s singing, the art of bel canto, which depends upon subtle nuance and inflection, has been given a new lease on life. While the recital is sold out, there is always a chance that tickets will be turned in, released, or scalped at the last minute. If you’ve never heard Bartoli in person, there’s nothing like it. The spirit in the hall will be tremendous. As is her graciousness. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
Stanford Lively Arts has been at the forefront of local Messiaen centenary year celebrations. In their last presentation, Christopher Taylor returns to the Bay Area with Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus for solo piano, a lyrical, mystical, and profoundly virtuosic meditation on the nature of the Christ child. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
It has been more than 20 years since the debut of Helgi Tomasson’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake for the San Francisco Ballet. This time around the most-cherished and well-known of ballets gets a complete restaging featuring scenery and costumes by European designer Jonathan Fensom, who will try to avoid that “museum piece” feel. For this full-length premiere, one of the few this season, Tomasson says he was intruigued by working with Fensom, a newbie to ballet, but a Tony Award nominee (for Journey’s End in 2007) who has created costumes and sets for dozens of plays in London’s West End and on Broadway, plus some opera. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
San Francisco Symphony’s new Phyllis C. Wattis Composer Residency program starts with two weeks devoted to the music of the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. The first of the programs features The Light of the End, which the composer herself describes as a dramatic work in which much of the drama arises from the nature of musical instruments themselves. She also says, “For some time I have experience this conflict as my own drama: the incompatibility, in principle, of these intrinsic qualities with real-life circumstances in which nature neutralized. Sooner or later, this pain had to be manifested in some composition.” The Light of the End is paired with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic.” More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
Music in Twelve Parts, written in 1974, was a breakthrough work for Philip Glass, a giant summing-up of his style and musical explorations to that point. The Philip Glass Ensemble, with the composer on keyboards, comes to San Francisco for the first live West Coast performance of this four-hour landmark in late-20th century music. The performance will have intermissions and a one-hour break for dinner. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
The TAGI ensemble, previously known to fans as the New York Lyric Chamber Players, is celebrated for their innovative programming that jumps around different genres. TAGI takes its name from the three Russian musicians: Tatiana Goncharova, piano; Grigory Kalinovsky, violin; and Igor Begelman, clarinet … with no word (or letter) on the Italian-born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo. But what’s in a name? Maybe the answer will come once they start playing these juicy selections: Fauré’s Violin Sonata No. 1, Schoenfield’s Trio, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 1, and Brahms’ Clarinet Trio. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 30, 2009
For a young (21-year-old) violinist, Chloë Hanslip has taken on some off-the-wall recording assignments. (John Adams’ Violin Concerto? Benjamin Godard’s? Not just Antonio Bazzini’s familiar Ronde des lutins, but a whole disc’s worth of Bazzini?) Her San Francisco Performances debut recital seems by comparison disappointingly old school: two big sonatas (Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” and Prokofiev’s F Minor), with Brahms’ C-Minor Scherzo and Karol Szymanowski’s arrangements of three Paganini caprices serving as garnish. All the same, such a demanding program can’t help but give an idea what she (and her pianist, a rising name in his own right) can do. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 29, 2009
The late James Schwabacher established a debut recital series 26 years ago, providing performance opportunities for young singers many of whom have gone on to great fame. The 2009 series features tenor Alek Shrader (Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner, and making several impressive War Memorial appearances last month), baritone Quinn Kelsey, tenor James Benjamin Rodgers, and Steven Blier’s “New York Festival of Song,” with soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo Renée Tatum, and tenor Andrew Bidlack. More »
Upcoming Concert
January 29, 2009
Allan Shearer’s new opera The Dawn Makers is based on the ancient Greek myth of Eos, goddess of the dawn and her human lover, Tithonys, who is made immortal but not eternally youthful. In this comic updating, the couple are joined by a pool man who knows enough to decline the offer of immortality, and two Valley girls who double as the horses of the Goddess’ chariot. Composers, Inc.’s fully staged production (in honor of their 25th anniversary) boasts a distinguished cast, including Christine Brandes, John Duykers, and Eugene Brancoveanu. More »
Upcoming Concert
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  • Free Event
January 29, 2009
Years ago, Ruth Felt’s San Francisco Performances introduced a young violinist and pianist to the Bay Area. By now, Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes are among the most acclaimed musicians in the world. The German violinist and Norwegian pianist are returning to Herbst Theatre for a much-anticipated concert, performing music by Janáček, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. More »

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