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
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
  • Family Friendly
  • First Time Concert Goer
  • 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 »
Upcoming Concert
  • Family Friendly
  • First Time Concert Goer
January 29, 2009
The Symphony’s annual family concerts on the occasion of the Lunar New Year are not only colorful celebrations of Chinese culture and music, they also present first-class talent. It was at one of these concerts that Yuja Wang, now a pianist superstar, made her San Franciso debut. This year, conductor Carolyn Kuan and violinist Siqing Lu headline performance of the famed Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Melody of China performs on traditional instruments, the Crystal Children’s Choir offers Jasmine Flower by Gang Situ, among other program items. The concert is followed by a reception — Davies Symphony Hall’s lobbies on all levels will be filled with lion dancers, fortune tellers, a prize-filled raffle, Chinese desserts, and traditional Chinese music. More »
Artist Spotlight
January 22, 2009

Bay Area choral conductor and music professor Lynne Morrow talks to SFCV about why she doesn't listen to classical music.

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