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.

Critics' Picks
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  • Critics Pick
August 2, 2011

Music in the Vineyards' first weekend brings a delightful trio of twilight concerts, one at Robert Mondavi the other at Regusci Winery and one at Rubicon Estate.

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Critics' Picks
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  • Critics Pick
July 26, 2011

Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’etoile, his first opera, was written for Jacques Offenbach’s Bouffes Parisiennes and premiered there in late 1877. If you’ve never seen or heard the piece, it’s worth the trouble to seek it out.

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Critics' Picks
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July 26, 2011

Although not everybody is happy to acknowledge it, John Williams is likely the most popular American composer of classical music alive today. The San Francisco Symphony winds up its Summer and the Symphony series with a jaunt through the Williams canon, with a few nods to his compatriots in what is some of the most sophisticated and brilliantly orchestrated movie music ever.

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Critics' Picks
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July 26, 2011

Pamela Z’s — whose Room Series continues this weekend with “Poetry and Motion” at the Royce Galler — is apparently an inexhaustible fount of great ideas, bringing together three musicians and three dancers in the Japanese Butoh tradition.

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Upcoming Concert
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    July 26, 2011

    With a lot of good music and a little fine wine, Music in the Vineyards beckons enthusiasts of the good life.

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    Artist Spotlight
    July 25, 2011

    Celebrating her 20th year at the helm of the Cabrillo Music Festival, Marin Alsop reflects on changes she’s instituted and going outside her comfort zone for new works.

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    Upcoming Concert
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      July 22, 2011

      Frank Loesser’s delightful musical The Most Happy Fella, headed for the Lesher Center, mixes genres with its wide variety of memorable songs.

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      Artist Spotlight
      July 20, 2011

      Lara St. John thinks it’s cool to win a Juno, fun to play with her polka band, and great to play duets with her violist brother.

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      Critics' Picks
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      July 19, 2011

      Casablanca may be the most popular movie ever made in old Hollywood. It has everything — a great story, stars, script — and one of the most memorable scores of the period. This Friday, the S.F. Symphony performs the magical score synched to the film itself.

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      Critics' Picks
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      July 19, 2011

      The Bay Area has always been the home of musicians who are comfortable in more than one musical tradition. At Seventh Avenue Performances this weekend, you can find Escalay (Water Wheel), a group that combines classical Arabic repertoire with fusion jazz.

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