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From Puccini on the lawn to Grease at the Symphony – Only in San Francisco

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Only in the San Francisco Bay Area are you likely to see Madam Butterfly performed on the lawn and Grease performed in the concert hall. The Merola Opera will be presenting their Summer Concert series this weekend at Yerba Buena Gardens. Come enjoy the artistry of tomorrow’s opera stars in the open air as they perform excerpts from Madama Butterfly, Crmen, Mignon and La Cenerentola. That’s Saturday at 2 p.m.

Then on Sunday, dig out your duck tails and your poodle skirts and pop over to Davies Symphony Hall, not to hear the San Francisco Symphony, but to join in a “Grease,” sing along.

Mid Summer Mozart, under the baton of baton of founder George Cleve begins this Saturday in Berkeley and continues in several venues including the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford.

Do your taste tend to be a bit more folksy? How about an evening with the music of Woody Guthrie at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley this Friday. for information phone [510] 644-2020

And, don’t forget, most Sundays you may enjoy free band concerts at the band-shell by Lake Merritt. Call [510} 339-2818 for information.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will be in concert at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. And this time of year, lawn tickets are available. What’s more special than enjoying your favorite music while kicking back on the lawn with a picnic under the stars in glorious Sonoma County.

Oh, and for all you who love classical piano music and theater, watch for the opening of Monsoure Cheaupin at the Berkeley Repertoire Theater.

Now, I’m afraid if you want to see the San Francisco Ballet this summer you’ll have to fly to Paris where they are participating in the Les Etés de la Danse Festival, however, you Jazz fans will be able to enjoy some of the best right here in San Francisco. This weekend, The Benny Green Trio will be in concert at the San Francisco Jazz Center, and don’t forget the free concerts all summer long at San Francisco’s Stern Grove. These outdoor concerts are always a joy to attend, however be warned. Parking is always a bitch.

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