There’s a lot going on in and around San Francisco this week, so here’s a quick run-down of just some of the events which you might like to attend.
San Francisco Symphony launched its season-long film series this week, in which the Symphony, conducted by Joshua Gersen, performs the scores to some of the world’s best-loved movies as they’re projected onto a large screen at the back of the stage. The season opens with Hitchcock Week, which last evening (October 30) presented a screening of one of Hitchcock’s greatest films, Psycho.
It’s followed, on October 31, with a presentation of Hitchock’s 1927 silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, in which organist Todd Wilson makes his San Francisco Symphony debut on Davies Symphony Hall’s Rufatti Organ, as he accompanies the screening. Further information and tickets are available on the San Francisco Symphony website.
The performance by the Symphony of the score from Vertigo, on November 1, marks the world premiere performance of the full score composed by Bernard Herrmann. Shot on location here in the city, it’s a film that San Franciscans will surely want to revisit. For tickets and more detail, visit the SF Symphony website.
Rounding off the week is a presentation on November 2 of Hitchcock’s Greatest Hits - in which the Symphony plays excerpts of the scores from the film clips to be screened. These include To Catch a Thief, with music by Lyn Murray; Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder, both scores by Dimitri Tiomkin; and North by Northwest, scored by Bernard Herrmann. Host for the evening is Eva Marie Saint, star of North by Northwest, who will guide the audience through some of the most famous scenes from these films. Visit the SF Symphony website to watch a trailer for North by Northwest, and for more information and tickets, follow this link.
The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, presents the fifth annual Taiwan Film Days from November 1 - 3. Focusing on the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema, this festival gives Bay Area audiences unique opportunities to view bold new films from this island state, and to engage with visionary filmmakers. The festival takes place at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento Street, and further information on the films to be shown, as well as on ticket sales, can be found on the SFFS website.
If you’ve not yet managed to see San Francisco Opera’s production of Falstaff, you have one more opportunity - on Saturday November 2nd. Starring Welsh bass-baritone, Bryn Terfel - the “definitive” Falstaff of our day, according to the Chicago Tribune - Falstaff is based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. It’s on at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. For further information and tickets, please visit the San Francisco Opera website.
You might also like to take in a performance of SF Opera’s The Flying Dutchman over the coming two weeks, which has performances, also at the War Memorial Opera House, on October 31, and November 3, 7, 12 and 15. Wagner’s opera about the ship’s captain doomed to sail the high seas unless he can be saved by the love of a faithful woman, stars Greer Grimsley as the Dutchman and Lise Lindstrom as Senta. Further information and tickets are available on the San Francisco Opera website.
The Thirteenth Floor Dance Theater presentation of Being Raymond Chandler comes to an end this weekend, with performances on November 2 and 3. This intriguing and original work of dance theater is set in the mind of the detective fiction writer, as he struggles with his latest novel. Jenny McAllister, Founder of 13th Floor Dance, created this work for a group of seven multi-talented performers. It takes place at Studio B at ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco. Further information is available on 13thfloordance.org
This Saturday evening, the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford presents a concert by the Estonian National Orchestra, conducted by the ensemble’s Music Director, world renowned conductor Neeme Järvi. Acclaimed for its concerts, Grammy award-winning recordings and appearances in both Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Estonian National Orchestra plays the Sibelius Symphony No 5, the Dvořák Cello Concerto and the Cantus to Britten by Arvo Pärt. The soloist is cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. For more information on this, and other performances, at Stanford, follow this link.
Finally, on Sunday, November 3, the San Francisco Playhouse is hosting a play reading of a work - commissioned by the Playhouse - which will be appearing on the Company's stage next spring. The work is Lauren Gunderson’s play, Bauer, the true story of artist Rudolf Bauer - for whose work the Guggenheim Museum in New York was built - of his lifelong love affair with Guggenheim curator Hilla Rebay, his imprisonment by the Nazis, and whose legacy was threatened by the deepest betrayal. Described as a “shocking and moving untold story of powerful art, powerful passion and just as powerful downfall” it promises to be riveting experience. You’re invited to bring a treat to share, a wine to pour, and a friend, to this free event at the Playhouse, 450 Post Street, on Sunday, November 3rd at 8pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org