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Sunday will be the busy day in the middle of March

San Francisco's musical styles are as diverse as those of its architectures
San Francisco's musical styles are as diverse as those of its architectures
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While I ran separate previews for the recitals that will be given by classical guitarist David Russell and soprano Natalie Dessay on the evening of Saturday, March 15, the following Sunday (March 16) will be another day of hard choices, whose virtues deserve to be compared in the context of a shared list.

For those who like to get off to an early start, cellist Bonnie Hampton has prepared a rather unique contribution to the Faculty Artist Series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). The title of her program is The 20th Century Cello Legacy. It will involve a combination of lecturing and performance to explore the teaching and impact of the instrument’s great masters over the course of that century. As one of the founders of the SFCM Graduate Program in Chamber Music, Hampton is well-equipped to examine this period with an account equally fair to both theory and practice.

Hampton’s “musical presentation” (as she calls it), will take place on Sunday, March 16, in the SFCM Recital Hall, located at 50 Oak Street, a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station. This two-hour event will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. (The Box Office is located in the lobby of the SFCM building; and its regular hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.)

Those who are good at running may also wish to bear in mind that March 16 will be the third Sunday of the month. That means that the Third Sunday Series concert at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, a few blocks from SFCM, will begin at 4 p.m. For this particular occasion Paul Ellison, Director of Music, has collaborated with Bay Area Performances to present the San Francisco debut of Brazilian classical guitarist João Kouyoumdjian. Readers may recall that last May students of the SFCM Historical Plucked Strings Department used this venue for their end-of-term recital, since the modest sanctuary is an excellent space for the nuances of plucked-string performances. Kouyoumdjian has prepared a much more contemporary program of compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Garoto (Anibal Augusto Sardinha), and Antônio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. There will also be San Francisco premieres of pieces by Raimundo Penaforte and Ricardo Calderoni.

The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. Admission to this concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, will be by donation with a suggested amount of $10. For those coming by car, there is a parking lot adjacent to the church and there will be a free reception following the concert in both the parish hall and the church’s beautiful walled garden.

The next concert in the current season of the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) will also begin at 4 p.m. The featured artists will be the members of the Farallon Recorder Quartet (Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, and Louise Carslake), whose instruments range in length from six inches to six feet. They have prepared a program of love songs and consorts taken from the courts and countryside of Renaissance Europe. They will be joined by guest soprano Jennifer Paulino, as well as lutenist John Lenti.

This 4 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 16, will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street). Tickets are $35 for general admission, $32 for seniors, and $30 for SFEMS members. Tickets may be purchased online from an event page on the SFEMS Web site. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 510-528-1725, Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The evening will bring the next concert in the San Francisco Performances (SFP) Vocal Series. The featured vocalist will be baritone Christopher Maltman, whose accompanist will be pianist Joseph Middleton. Maltman has prepared an innovative program of 22 songs by eleven composers organized under the title of The Soldier—From Severn to Somme. These songs will present different approaches to the theme of war, organized in four groups with the thematic titles “Home,” “Journey,” “Battle,” and “Epitaph.” This ambitious undertaking has been made possible in part through the generous support of Roswitha Goeppert-Wooley and Charles Miller.

This concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the Nourse Theater. This is located at 275 Hayes Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street, just across the street from Davies Symphony Hall. Ticket prices will be $65, $55, and $38. Tickets may be purchased online from the event page on the SFP Web site.

Finally, the Community Music Center (CMC) will present a recital by soprano Claudia Galli accompanied by pianist Gregory Moulin. Galli and Moulin met in 2007 at the Paris National Opera, where they worked together for two years. They will present the recital program for their Carnegie Hall debut and their current United States tour. The major composer on the program will be Richard Strauss. Other composers that will be included are Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Alban Berg.

This will be a free concert held in the Capp Street Concert Hall of CMC’s Mission District Branch. The address is 544 Capp Street. This will be a free concert, and those considering attending may call 415-647-6015 for further information.

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