It seems as if my attempt to provide a useful account of the concert alternatives for Valentine’s Day weekend has turned out to be a Sisyphean effort. Not long after I thought I had provided a comprehensive summary, I received word of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival at San Francisco State University, followed by a reminder that this coming Sunday will be “Third Sunday” at the Church of the Advent. Then, to put a cap on things (or so I thought), I received word of a free concert for Valentine’s Day up at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Now I find that I have three more additions staring at me, one for each day of the weekend:
Friday: The Concerts at the Cadillac series will feature vocalist Pam Coates in a one-hour program entitled A Valentine from Ella. This will be a selection of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald from a tribute program she is currently preparing entitled The Nearness of Ella. Coates will be joined by trombonist Rick Brown and a rhythm section consisting of Dave Austin on piano, Chuck Bennett on bass, and Bob Blankenship on drums.
This will be a free concert given in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel, located at 380 Eddy Street on the northeast corner of Leavenworth Street. The performance will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Austin will be playing the hotel’s meticulously restored 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand. The free admission is due, in part, to funding from the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District.
Saturday: This is the date for the next San Francisco performance in the 2013–2014 concert season of Voices of Music. The program is entitled The Art of the Recorder, and it is part of the occasional Great Artist Series of events. On this occasion the artist in question will be recorder virtuoso Hanneke van Proosdij, co-Director of Voices of Music. Her program will combine popular tunes and traditional folk music with a selection of trio sonatas by Baroque composers and the world premiere of a composition of her own.
The San Francisco performance of The Art of the Recorder will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just off the southwest corner of Franklin Street). It will take place on Saturday, February 15, beginning at 8 p.m. Singe tickets are $40 each with a variety of opportunities for a $5 discount summarized on the season summary page at the Voices of Music Web site. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 415-260-4687. In addition, student rush seats (based on a valid student ID card) will be sold, subject to availability, for $5, starting 45 minutes before the concert.
Sunday: The following afternoon St. Mark’s will host the next concert in Magnificat’s 2013–2014 season. The title of the season is Exquisite Exchanges, and each program is a study in how particular composers were influenced. The title of this Sunday’s concert is Bach’s Heritage. It will examine how Johann Sebastian Bach was influenced by other members of his family, as well as the prominent organists Johann Pachelbel and Dietrich Buxtehude.
The San Francisco presentation of this program will take place in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 16. Ticket prices are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $12 for students. Tickets may be purchased online through both Eventbrite and TicketLeap. They may be purchased over the phone by calling 800-595-4849.
Who has time for chocolates?