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What’s on in San Francisco this week

Conductor Charles Dutoit
Conductor Charles Dutoit
Courtesy San Francisco Symphony - with permission

Charles Dutoit returns to Davies Symphony Hall this week, to conduct the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in a concert of three glorious and inspirational masterpieces - by Poulenc, Stravinsky and Fauré.

The program features Poulenc’s Gloria - commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Nathalie Koussevitzky; Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, set to extracts from Psalms 39, 40 and 150 (King James Bible); and Fauré’s Requiem, the setting for chorus and orchestra of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead.

The soloists in these performances - which take place on Thursday and Friday, May 29 and 30 - are American soprano, Susanna Phillips, and German bass-baritone, Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

On Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1, Sarah Hicks conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of the music from Disney’s Fantasia. The program includes excerpts from both the original 1940 and Fantasia 2000 films, and they'll be performed as the Disney footage is shown onscreen behind the orchestra.

For tickets and further information on all these performances, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.

SFJAZZ presents guitarist Marc Ribot in a four-night residency in the Miner Auditorium. With a different program each night, Ribot first performs the solo score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent film The Kid; then appears with Shahzad Ismaily and Ches Smith for a concert of electro-rock, as part of the trio, Ceramic Dog. Ribot is joined for the third performance by Latin rock-band Los Cubanos Postizos, and on the final evening he appears with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor in a performance to celebrate the release of the trio's new recording, which documents their recent "blockbuster" Village Vanguard engagement.

For further information and tickets, visit

On Saturday evening, Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex invites you to join Caylia Chaiken for Bare Naked, an intimate evening of funny stories and songs about love, revelations and life transitions. For more information visit

On the first Sunday of every month, KDFC - the Bay Area’s listener-supported classical radio station - presents a performance by San Francisco Opera. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the broadcast this Sunday features the Company’s 1976 production of Die Frau ohne Schatten.

This historic performance, recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, features a cast which includes Leonie Rysanek as the Empress, and Matti Kastu as the Emperor. Barak, the Dyer, is sung by Walter Berry, Barak’s wife, Ursula, by Schröder-Feinen, and Ruth Hesse is the Empress’s Nurse. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus was led in this performance by Strauss specialist, Karl Böhm.

For tuning frequencies in the Bay Area, visit, where you can listen online as well. San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts are also distributed nationally and internationally through a partnership with the WFMT Radio Network. For further details and broadcast schedules, visit The performance takes place at 8.00 pm on June 1.

A quick reminder that if you’ve not yet caught up with the San Francisco Playhouse production of Theresa Rebeck’s Broadway comedy, Seminar, you have just two weeks in which to do so. It’s wickedly funny, clever and pacy - attracting rave reviews. For details visit

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