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
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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Critics' Picks
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July 19, 2011

Lamplighters Musical Theatre has taken steps to connecting with larger audiences. The company has booked the revival of the delightful 2007 production of H.M.S. Pinafore, the natural choice to introduce audiences to the “canon.”

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Artist Spotlight
July 15, 2011

The multifaceted Joe Lovano swings his various saxes at festivals around the world, including upcoming gigs in Carmel and at Stanford.

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Critics' Picks
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July 12, 2011

Some conductors have a special affinity with a particular piece of music and that’s the way it is when Jeffrey Thomas steps up to conduct J.S. Bach’s B-Minor Mass. You can miss it, but you’ll be kicking yourself in the morning.

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Critics' Picks
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July 12, 2011

If you haven’t had your Mozart fix in a few months, the Midsummer Mozart Festival is here to help you out. The impressive lineup of the first concert begins this weekend.

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Critics' Picks
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July 12, 2011

You might not think about attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, unless you’re a film buff. But all musicians know what makes silent film sound. If you’re intrigued by this merging of old and new, the Castro Theater is the place to be from July 14 to 17.

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Upcoming Concert
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    July 12, 2011

    Experimental music in a wide variety of styles marks the Outsound Music Summit, now hitting its 10th year.

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    Artist Spotlight
    July 8, 2011

    He directs a chamber group, teaches, and plays like mad, but mostly clarinetist David Shifrin worships Brahms.

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    Critics' Picks
    Pacific Collegium
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    July 5, 2011

    Most summer concerts are the equivalent of beach reading – the musical versions of vampire romances and spy thrillers. But for those who prefer to heft Gravity's Rainbow to the seaside, there is also a musical equivalent. Christopher Kula, the chief of Pacific Collegium is definitely one of the heavy lifting crowd and his programs never lack for ambition.

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