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This weekend in the Bay Area - February 22 and 23, 2014

From 'Indigo Rose' by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
From 'Indigo Rose' by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Photo: Paula Lobo

The Classical KDFC broadcast Live from the Met this Saturday features Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opera’s US premiere - which took place at the Metropolitan Opera House - this production features Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, Daniela Sindram as Octavian, Erin Morley as Sophie, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs.

The New York Times described this production - taped last Fall - as "Witty, elegant and profoundly moving... a wonderful cast...". Classical Review wrote that Martina Serafin “inhabited [her] part with an aching delicacy. Gorgeous round tones delivered the Marschallin’s sweetness, regret, resignation, and wisdom turn by exquisite turn.” The Met Opera is conducted in this performance by Edward Gardner, who - according to The New York Times - “drew an impassioned and nuanced performance from the Met Orchestra".

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. More information on these broadcasts can be found on the Metropolitan Opera website.

Broadcast time on Saturday, February 22, is 10.00 am PST. For tuning frequencies in the Bay Area, or to listen online, please visit the KDFC website.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, a New York based company, makes its Bay Area debut on February 22 and 23 in Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall. The 16-dancer company - noted for daring, athletic movement that integrates contemporary and popular dance forms into ballet - is also known for championing the works of living choreographers with European connections. The program - which includes two Bay Area premieres - features Indigo Rose by Czech-born choreographer, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, and Necessity Again, a commission by Cedar Lake from Norwegian choreographer, Jo Strømgren.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is at Zellerbach Hall on February 22 at 8.00 pm, and February 23 at 3.00 pm. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall, at (510) 642-9988, at, and at the door.

Also on February 22, Cal Performances presents the first of two concerts by contemporary music group, Eco Ensemble, this performance taking place in Hertz Hall, Berkeley. The following concert is on April 12. Described by The New York Times as “a dream team of local musicians who embody a new high point in the Bay Area’s vibrant contemporary music scene” Eco Ensemble is led by David Milnes, who also serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

The program features works by Franck Bedrossian, György Ligeti, and Pierre Jodlowski. Bedrossian’s IT is described as combining “dense syncopated piano chords, cello solos, and frenetic saxophone and clarinet runs to form a jazz-infused spectrum of musical figures”. Jodlowski’s Limite Circulaire is an explorative flute solo with electronic accompaniment, performed by flautist Tod Brody, and the concert ends with Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto, considered one of his masterworks.

Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall, at (510) 642-9988, at, and at the door.

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, the first of which takes place on Sunday, February 23. This annual series showcases exemplary artists who have participated in the training programs of the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program. These performance-oriented residencies offer intensive individual training, coaching, and performance opportunities to advanced young professional international artists.

The recital on Sunday features Soprano Jacqueline Piccolino, mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde, tenor A J Glueckert, and bass-baritone Rhys Lloyd Talbot, with pianists Mark Morash and Noah Lindquist.

The first of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals takes place on February 23 at 5.30 pm at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco. For more information, visit the San Francisco Opera website.

Three Phantoms in Concert is the title of the performance at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Sunday. It features some of the best Broadway tunes written for tenor, performed by Mark Jacoby, Gary Mauer and Ted Keegan - three Broadway veterans who have each sung the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational show, The Phantom of the Opera. Apart from Phantom, the program includes favorites from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls and other Broadway hits.

There will be a free pre-concert talk by Principal Pops Conductor, Michael Berkowitz, who’ll share personal anecdotes and memories from his career on Broadway, working with artists such as Liza Minelli, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.

Three Phantoms in Concert takes place at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 23, at 3.00 pm. Tickets are available at the WFCA website, by calling 707.546.3600, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office.

Also on Sunday, Stanford Live presents Opera ..... From a Sistah’s Point of View, in which soprano Angela Brown furthers her mission to present greater awareness of opera and classical vocal performance to diverse audiences. Accompanied by Kelleen Strutz on the piano, Angela’s recital features a lively commentary on opera plots and characters, famous arias, poignant art songs and moving spirituals.

The program includes pieces from Tannhäuser, Tosca, Aida, Porgy and Bess, Richard Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life, John Carter’s Cantata, and spirituals such as Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells and Ride on, King Jesus.

Opera .... From a Sistah’s Point of View is at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, on Sunday, February 23, at 2:30 pm. For tickets, visit the Stanford Live website.

Jerusalem - at the San Francisco Playhouse - still has another two weeks to run. This highly irreverent, but hugely entertaining, play has drawn rave reviews from the British press. The Mail on Sunday refers to it as “Jez Butterworth’s wildly original hymn to eccentricity ..... If you see nothing else this year, see this richly rewarding and resonant play”. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “If you don't know the name Jez Butterworth yet, you will.”

Jerusalem runs at the San Francisc Playhouse until March 8. For more information and details on ticketing, visit

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