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Highlights of productions in the Bay Area this week

Kirsten Wyatt (Ellie Mae Chipley), John Bolton (Frank Schultz), Bill Irwin (Cap'n Andy), Patricia Racette (Julie La Verne), Patrick Cummings (Steve Baker) in San Francisco Opera's 'Show Boat'
Kirsten Wyatt (Ellie Mae Chipley), John Bolton (Frank Schultz), Bill Irwin (Cap'n Andy), Patricia Racette (Julie La Verne), Patrick Cummings (Steve Baker) in San Francisco Opera's 'Show Boat'
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San Francisco Opera’s production of Show Boat opened this week. A Company premiere, produced by David Gockley, and directed by Francesca Zambello, Show Boat features all the wonderful songs that we know so well - and also sections of the score and dialogue from the original 1927 production.

The dancing is vibrant, the costumes gorgeous, and the sets stunning. Show Boat runs at the War Memorial Opera House until July 1, in repertory with La Traviata (opening June 11) and Madama Butterfly (opening June 15).

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Charles Dutoit, leads the San Francisco Symphony again this week, in a program of music by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Russian-born pianist, Kirill Gerstein, is the guest artist in the performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2, and the work by Shostakovich is his Symphony No 10, Dutoit being renowned for his interpretation of 20th century Russian music.

Charles Dutoit conducts the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall on June 4, 6 and 7 - and at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University on June 5.

For more information and tickets, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.

The Berkeley Festival, which runs until June 8, presents some of today's most outstanding early music performers, including fortepianist and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout who makes his West Coast debut. Also included are the Belgian Ensemble Vox Luminis, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the Philharmonia Chamber Players.

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SFJAZZ presents a four-day residency by Jason Moran from June 5 to June 8. The opening night features a collaboration between Moran and Grammy-nominated chamber ensemble, Imani Winds - a New York based wind quintet known for the diversity of its repertoire, from the Romantic period to 20th century music, including tango and jazz.

On June 6, Moran appears with saxophonist Charles Lloyd, leader of the New Charles Lloyd Quartet, and one of Moran’s mentors. During the 60s Lloyd achieved fame as a member of a one of the all-time great quartets - with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette.

On June 7 and 8, Jason Moran - with his bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits - presents a repeat of last season’s sold out performances in which he collaborated with the Bay Area skateboarding community, for whom a specially constructed skating half-pipe has been constructed in front of the Miner Auditorium stage.

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Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex presents Curtain Call with Bill Cooper and Barry Lloyd on Friday evening, and - as it’s the first Friday of the month - they invite singers to join them on stage to take a turn at the mic.

Then on Saturday, there’s An Evening with G Scott Lacy & Friends, and this week, the special guests are Shelley MacKay and Russ Lorenson.

Society Cabaret is one of the Salon Series of intimate events hosted by the Hotel Rex for those with an interest in literature, art and music, accompanied by good food and wine.

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On Sunday, there’s an afternoon of Chamber Music presented by members of the San Francisco Symphony, joined by guest artist, Kirill Gerstein. The program features the String Quartet in G major by Arnold Bax, Dvořák’s Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, and the Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor.

The chamber concert takes place at Davies Symphony Hall on June 8 at 2.00 pm. For more information, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.

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