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This week in the Bay Area - February 27 to March 2

San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's 'From Foreign Lands'
San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's 'From Foreign Lands'
Photo: Erik Tomasson

Ballet enthusiasts are once again spoiled for choice as San Francisco Ballet’s alternating Triple Bills continue at the War Memorial Opera House this week. The first program, which runs until March 1, features Val Caniparoli’s Tears, Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands. Follow this link for a more detailed overview.

The second program - ending on March 2 - features The Kingdom of the Shades from Act II of La Bayadère, Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Yuri Possokov’s Firebird. Read the full article.

Details of performances, tickets and times can be found on the San Francisco Ballet website.

The San Francisco Playhouse production of Jez Butterworth’s Tony and Olivier winning play, Jerusalem, is in its penultimate week. Both humorous and tragic - and probably unlike anything which San Francisco has seen before - Jerusalem cannot be dismissed without opinion or comment. For details see

San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, conducts the Symphony, the SFS Chorus and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke in Mahler’s Symphony No 3 from February 27 to March 2. MTT has a particular affinity with the music of Mahler, and he and the Symphony are recognized amongst the world’s leading interpreters of the composer’s works.

Mahler wrote of this work: “All of nature speaks in it, telling deep secrets that one might guess only in a dream!” MTT and the Symphony will be performing it during their forthcoming tour of Europe, during which they’ll perform 11 concerts, visiting London, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Geneva, Luxembourg, Dortmund and Birmingham.

MTT conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall from February 27 to March 2 (the final performance taking place at 2.00 pm). For details of these performances, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.

At 8.00 pm on March 2, the St Petersburg Philharmonic takes the stage at Davies Symphony Hall in the first of two concerts to be conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. Sunday evening’s concert features works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Giya Kancheli and Tchaikovsky - his First Piano Concerto - in which the solost is Denis Kozhukhin.

Details are to be found on the San Francisco Symphony website.

On Monday, March 3, in its second concert, Russia’s oldest orchestra plays Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville, Rachmaninoff’s glorious Second Symphony, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2, with guest artist Vilde Frang.

Find out more on the San Francisco Symphony website.

Bay Area guitarist and composer, Terrence Brewer is at the SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab on February 27 and 28. Brewer has appeared with artists such as Diana Krall, Mary Wilson, Gerald Albright and the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald. Thursday’s show celebrates the release of his standards session Mosaic: Setting The Standard Vol.2, while Friday marks his new ensemble’s debut recording, Mi Historia (My Story): The Latin-Jazz Project, featuring guest percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz. See the SFJAZZ website for more detail.

Jazz pianist Amina Figarova makes her debut at SFJAZZ this weekend, with her Sextet - Bart Platteau (flutes), Marc Mommaas (tenor sax), Ernie Hammes (trumpet), Jeroen Vierdag (bass) and Jason Brown (drums). Described by Marian McPartland as “... one of the most brilliant and prolific pianists and composers on the jazz scene", Figarova has appeared at jazz festivals in Newport, New Orleans, Chicago, Paris and Detroit. The Amina Figarova Sextext is at the Joe Henderson Lab on March 1 and 2.

Visit the SFJAZZ website for details on performances and tickets.

In a busy week at the Jazz Center, four of the Bay Area’s greatest vocalists - Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Kellye Gray and Destani Wolf - join The John Santos Sextet at the Miner Auditorium on March 2, for a performance entitled Unusual Standards - an evening of jazz classics revitalized with the spirit of Latin jazz. Santos himself is described as “more than a master percussionist ..... a keeper of the Afro-Caribbean flame steeped in Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric traditions as well as salsa and Latin jazz”. For more information on this 4.00 pm performance, visit the SFJAZZ website.

The Black Choreographers Festival, Here & Now, continues - from February 28 to March 1 - at Laney College Theater, featuring works by Joanna Haigood, Gregory Dawson and Portsha Jefferson. Presented by the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and K*Star*Productions, the festival - which runs at venues in San Francisco and Oakland until March 8 - celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Legacy of African American Arts & Culture. For more information, visit

KDFC - the Bay Area’s listener-supported classical radio station - broadcasts a live performance from the Metropolitan Opera House each Saturday morning. This week, Live from the Met presents Borodin’s Prince Igor, an opera making its return to the Met for the first time in 100 years. This new production, by Dmitri Tcherniakov, marks something of a departure from Borodin’s original libretto, presenting it instead as a psychological drama about Prince Igor’s state of mind following his army’s loss to the Polovtsians, and set against the founding of the Russian nation. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role and Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.

For tuning frequencies in the Bay Area, or to listen online, please visit

This production of Prince Igor will also be screened Live in HD in cinemas around the world. Details of where and when it can be seen are on the Met Opera’s website.

Acclaimed violinist, Midori, concludes her week-long residency with the Santa Rosa Symphony at a performance on Sunday, March 2. Regarded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, Midori appears with the Santa Rosa 2013 “Youth Orchestra of the Year”, conducted by Richard Loheyde, and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, directed by Aaron Westman, in a program of music by Bach, Brahms and Mendelssohn. Midori’s appearance results from the Symphony's having being awarded this residency from the artist’s Orchestra Residencies Program, a comprehensive community engagement and performance project, and one of only two awarded nationally.

The performance takes place in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, on Sunday, March 2 at 3.00 pm. For further details, please visit the Santa Rosa Symphony website.

Cal Performances welcomes a return visit by Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Sunday. Three-time Grammy Award winners - including the 2013 Grammy for Best World Music album - this group, which has been a cultural ambassador for South Africa for more than 50 years, brings to Zellerbach Hall its distinctive brand of a cappella, a combination of South African harmonies and Christian gospel music.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo appears at Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, March 2, at 7.00 pm. For further details and tickets, please visit the Cal Performances website .

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