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

Upcoming Concert
Salerno-Sonnenberg With NCCO
    May 6-9, 2010

    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the music director of New Century Chamber Orchestra, has made it clear that she doesn’t want her orchestra pigeonholed. So when she signed up her pal William Bolcom to be the orchestra’s featured composer this year, she gave him the widest latitude possible in his commissioned piece.

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    Critics' Picks
    • Critics Pick
    Sat May 8, 2010 6:30pm

    The Young People's Symphony Orchestra concludes their season with the always-surprising concerto competition winners.

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    Upcoming Concert
    • Family Friendly
    Sat May 8, 2010 3:00pm

    It’s story time at the Marin Center in San Rafael when the Marin Symphony plays its upcoming Family Concert the afternoon of May 8. “Once Upon a Symphony,” conducted by George Thomson, explores musical works that are based on old and new childhood tales, from Mother Goose to Harry Potter.

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    Upcoming Concert
    Robert Schwartz
      Fri May 7, 2010 8:00pm

      Isaac Albéniz, the Spanish Catalan pianist and composer is well-known for his 12 “impressions” of Iberia, considered the greatest of Spanish piano works. Pianist Robert Schwartz will perform this magnus opus May 7 to honor the anniversary of the composer's birth 150 years ago.

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      Upcoming Concert
        May 2 and 4

        On May 2 and 4, in Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, the California Symphony will present its season finale, a concert featuring Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Pezza Capriccioso for cello and orchestra, both performed by the same 14-year-soloist, Sarina Zhang, on two different instruments. Also on the concert is a new piece by the Symphony’s composer in residence, Mason Bates.

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        Upcoming Concert
          Mon May 3, 2010 7:30pm

          Take a closer listen, and you’ll realize that the Crowden School in Berkeley isn’t the limited classical academy that you might imagine it to be.

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          Upcoming Concert
            Sun May 2, 2010 7:00pm

            Les grâces is a small chamber music group you may not have heard of, but they have a growing reputation. Their upcoming concerts featuring world-class musicians are worth a visit.

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            Critics' Picks
            • Critics Pick
            May 2 and May 10

            William Bolcom, one of the indisputably great American composers is showing up in the Bay Area this week and the 72-year-old is not sparing himself, so you have several chances to check him out. The festivities begin on May 2 with the world premiere, at Stanford's A.Jess Shenson Recital Series, of Billy in the Darbies, written for baritone Stephen Salter and the Lark String Quartet and based on words by Herman Melville, from his short novel, Billy Budd. The composer will be on hand for a preconcert talk.

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            Upcoming Concert
              Sat May 1, 2010 8:00pm

              Concerto Köln belongs to that rare breed of early-music bands that can make a beloved favorite sound remarkably fresh. Handel fans, for instance, may know them as the orchestra for Harmonia Mundi’s 1991 recording of Giulio Cesare with Jennifer Larmore and Barbara Schlick, still the pacesetter on that front. In their Cal Performances concert (May 1 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley), titled “Bach and the Concerto da Camera in Italy and France,” the audience gets to hear them in Bach’s Fourth and Fifth “Brandenburg” Concertos.

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              Upcoming Concert
                Sat May 1, 2010 3:00pm

                Music at Kohl is now in its 27th season of presenting music and musical education in the South Bay. The current year’s program includes performances by such well-known ensembles as the Borealis String Quartet, the Ives Quartet, and the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players.

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