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The pick of this week’s performances in San Francisco

Leonard holds court in a scene from 'Seminar'
Leonard holds court in a scene from 'Seminar'
Jessica Palipoli

If you’ve not yet caught up with Theresa Rebeck’s Broadway comedy, Seminar, it continues at the San Francisco Playhouse this week. This wickedly humorous portrayal of the experiences of four aspiring novelists at the hands of their tutor, the notorious Leonard, is pacy, and peppered with slick and clever repartee. A highly entertaining production.

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Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet presents its 2014 Spring Home Season, opening May 21 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. There’ll be more about this season in a separate post, but briefly, the program will feature The Steady Heart - a world premiere by Alonzo King - and a retrospective of three works already in the Company repertoire.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have the scintillating pianist Yuja Wang as their guest at this week’s performances. Ms Wang plays the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1 in a diverse program which also includes Fauré’s Pavane, Schubert’s Entr’acte No 3 from Rosamunde, the sixth of Dvořák’s Legends for Orchestra, The Last Spring by Grieg, the Scherzo from Litolff’s Concerto Symphonique No 4 and Debussy’s Images Pour Orchestre.

Further information on the program and ticketing is available on the San Francisco Symphony website.

On Sunday, concluding its 2013-2014 Great Performers series, the San Francisco Symphony presents leading Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, in concert. Mr Hvorostovsky performs settings of the works of Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, to pieces by Glinka, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Glière. These are followed by the Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Shostakovich.

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SFJAZZ presents a four-night series of performances by saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Resident Artistic Director of the Center. Multi Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, Zenón presents a different program each evening. May 22 features Zenón with pianist Danilo Pérez, May 23 has Zenón’s own quartet with percussion master Héctor ‘Tito’ Matos and his Viento de Agua ensemble. Zenón’s quartet appears with rising Brazilian star, vocalist Luciana Souza, on May 24, and in the final performance on May 25, the quartet is joined by Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez.

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