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
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    May 31, 2011

    Rarely heard (and some virtually unknown) music from Latin America will be performed at several historic sites.

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    Upcoming Concert
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      May 27, 2011

      The Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José kicks off this year’s Portuguese pride festivities in the Bay with its 5th annual Music of Portugal concert,  coinciding with Portugal Day on June 5.

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      Artist Spotlight
      May 26, 2011

      Founder and violinist of the Kronos Quartet David Harrington talks with SFCV about ancient Chinese tunes and modern Chinese toys, and how a collaboration with pipa virtuoso Wu Man has helped the Kronos Quartet span cultures and time.

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      Critics' Picks
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      May 24, 2011

      The Rickshaw Stop is presenting Dustin O'Halloran this weekend with the Magik*Magik Orchestra's String Quartet and the Conspiracy of Venus women's vocal group. They'll be playing music off of O'Halloran's latest instrumental album, Lumiere.

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      Critics' Picks
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      • Critics Pick
      May 24, 2011

      It's a little off the beaten path, but if you think you'll be down on the boardwalk at Santa Cruz for part of the Memorial Day weekend, you might want to make time for a concert by the artists formerly known as the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra, now called Cadenza.

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      Critics' Picks
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      May 24, 2011

      The little chorus with the highly unusual programming is back this weekend. If you're interested in great music that doesn't get performed that often, you should really be following Chora Nova.

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      Artist Spotlight
      May 23, 2011

      The last time Dawn Upshaw appeared at the Ojai Music Festival was in June of 2006. Five years later, and now a cancer survivor, the renowned soprano will reprise her performance there. Here, she talks with SFCV about what makes the Festival unique, teaching at Bard college, and an exciting new collaboration with Peter Sellars.

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      Critics' Picks
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      May 18, 2011

      If love is in the air in spring, that must mean that it's tango season in music. At Mission San Jose in Fremont, Aileen Chanco's Music at the Mission series concludes with a cross-genre program centered on tango nuevo creator Astor Piazzolla.

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      Critics' Picks
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      • Critics Pick
      May 17, 2011

      Manuel de Falla's La vida breve is one of those operas you've heard (or heard about) but rarely seen. Enter West Bay Opera's Jose Luis Moscovich, who has ingeniously solved the problem of what to pair with the tale of a woman's abandonment by a fickle lover by presenting it alongside the iconic operatic tale of abandonment, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

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      Critics' Picks
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      May 17, 2011

      Choruses want to do Bach's B-Minor Mass the way that symphony orchestras want to do a Beethoven cycle, or opera companies want to do Wagner's Ring. The trick is not to actually get through it, but to render the seemingly endless details in the piece precisely and clearly while summoning the passion to do this powerful work justice. For the conclusion of its anniversary season, the S.F. Bach Choir will show us how it measures up to the Big One.

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