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This week in the Bay Area - February 20 to 23 2014

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The San Francisco Symphony welcomes back two guest artists this week - Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and American cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The program features music by Haydn - his Symphony No 6 and his Cello Concerto - and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Performances, at Davies Symphony Hall, take place on February 19 through 22. Read more

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Information on tickets and times on the San Francisco Symphony website.

The Great Performers Series - also at Davies Symphony Hall this week - features pianist Murray Perahia in Concert. One of the most popular pianists of our time, Mr Perahia - who was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004 - performs music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin on Thursday evening, February 20.

Further information is available on the San Francisco Symphony website.

Musicians of the SF Symphony appear in an afternoon of Chamber Music at the Legion of Honour on Sunday, February 23, playing Mozart’s String Quartet in C major, K515, and Brahms’ String Sextet No 2 n G major, Opus 36.

The SF Symphony website has the details.

San Francisco Ballet has two new productions opening this week - both Triple Bills. The first, which opened on February 18 and runs to March 1, features a World Premiere by Val Caniparoli - Tears - Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands. Read more here and visit the San Francisco Ballet website for information on performances, tickets and times.

The second Triple Bill program opens on February 20 and features The Kingdom of the Shades from Act II of La Bayadere - Natalia Makarova's staging - Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird. Read more

This program runs until March 2, and details of performances, tickets and times can be found on the San Francisco Ballet website.

On February 20, San Francisco’s Z Space presents the world premiere of Hundred Days, a folk rock odyssey conceived and created by husband and wife duo, Abigail and Shaun Bengson - a duo from New York City whose music has been described by Huffington Post as “a hybrid of Dresden Dolls meets Gogol Bordello meets Annie Get Your Gun”. A joint production by Z Space, piece by piece productions and Encore Theatre Company, Hundred Days tells of a young couple who fall in love, only to have their time together cut short by illness.

Directed by Obie Award winner, Anne Kauffman, Hundred Days is a moving tale of love, loss, and life, likely to leave audiences wondering how - in a similar situation - they might spend their last hundred days.

Hundred Days runs from February 20 to April 6, 2014 at Z Space (450 Florida Street, San Francisco). Tickets may be purchased online at zspace.org and by phone at 866.811.4111.

On February 21 and 22, ten dancers from Smuin Ballet present XXPERIMENTS Choreography Showcase, in which their own choreography is set on fellow members of the Company - described by Dance Magazine as “one of this country’s most entertaining, original ballet troupes”. These original works are set to a wide range of music, with lighting and costumes designed by the dancer-choreographers themselves.

Smuin Ballet’s 4th Choreography Showcase, which includes an after-show Q&A, takes place at San Francisco’s ODC Theater. Further information on performances and tickets can be found at www.SmuinBallet.org or by calling (415) 863-9834.

The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now - Celebrating the Legacy of African American Arts & Culture - continues its 10-year anniversary celebration this weekend with the Next Wave Choreographers Showcase. Presented by the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition & K*Star* Productions, this wide-ranging program of performances and workshops - including a film screening, book release, gallery exhibition and honors ceremony - includes works by Ramon Ramos Alayo, Traci Bartlow, Byb Chanel Bibene, Delina Patrice Brooks, Colette Eloi, Antoine Hunter, Maia Siani, Susan Voyticky and Jamar Welch.

The Festival takes place at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater from Friday February 21 to Sunday February 23. For more timings, tickets and more information, please visit http://www.bcfhereandnow.com/.

The Society Cabaret at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex this weekend presents Sing a Song of Sondheim, featuring G Scott Lacey and friends. Performances take place from February 21 through 23, and tickets can be obtained via this link.

On Friday, February 21, the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts presents Stuart Little by the Dallas Children’s Theatre Company, as part of the Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series.
 Based on E B White’s classic novel, Stuart Little tells of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York family. His adventures and misadventures involve a variety of colorful characters, as Stuart learns to survive in the super-sized world of humans.

Stuart Little is on at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Friday, February 21, at 6.30 pm For more information and tickets, visit the WFCA website

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