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  • Yuja Wang and Michael Tilson Thomas
    The London Symphony Orchestra returns to Davies with MTT as conductor
    Apparently the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is not the only musical ensemble celebrating the 70th birthday of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). This month the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will come to the United States, performing in the...
  • Middlemarch in Spring
    Two new operas will premiere on the same night this month
    This month will see the world premieres of two operas, both of which are based on literary fiction. As luck would have it, the two premieres will be taking place simultaneously. Fortunately, both productions will be giving multiple performances...
  • San Francisco Opera’s ‘A Masked Ball’ airs on KDFC
    San Francisco Opera’s ‘A Masked Ball’ airs on KDFC
    On the first Sunday in each month, a production from the repertoire of San Francisco Opera is broadcast on KDFC, the Bay Area's classical music station, and this month, it’s Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) - his...
  • Amazing ambition
    Amazing ambition: Art and Soul Concert
    It is does not surprise me that churches of all faith tend to demonstrate the most amazing performances in their choirs and musicians. Maybe it is that inspired passion behind stained glass windows that brings out the incredible talent of choirs,...
  • KDFC broadcasts Met Opera's 'Die Zauberflöte'
    KDFC broadcasts Met Opera's 'Die Zauberflöte'
    This Saturday, KDFC - the Bay Area’s listener supported classical music radio station - broadcasts the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Mozart’s magical opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), which was recorded live last...
  • Jose Maria Condemi
    Jose Maria Condemi appointed Director of Opera at SFCM
    This morning the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced the appointment of Jose Maria Condemi as Director of Opera. His tenure will begin on July 1, 2015. However, SFCM audiences will get a foretaste of his work in April when he...
  • Maria Valdes
    Soprano Maria Valdes presents an ‘autobiographical’ program at Hotel Rex
    Yesterday evening the 2014–2015 San Francisco Performances Salons at the Rex series continued at the Hotel Rex with a recital by soprano Maria Valdes. Valdes is a second-year San Francisco Opera (SFO) Adler Fellow, who made her SFO debut...
  • Love, English style
    Love In the Park for Valentine
    In Baltimore, Druid Hill is the most famous park. It has a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, lovers hideouts. What if this park was closed to the public, and owned by one family?. It would be a throwback to sheer opulence...
  • 'Silent Night,' the impromptu Christmas Eve truce of 1914
    'Silent Night,' at the Kauffman; the best of the combined arts
    Sat. night, Feb. 21, at the Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, was opening night for Kansas City Lyric Opera's production of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for music, Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's opera,...
  • Bryan Hymel
    Warner Classics releases tenor Bryan Hymel’s first studio recording
    Tomorrow Warner Classics will release its first studio recording of American tenor Bryan Hymel. The full title of the album is Héroïque: French Opera Arias. Hymel is accompanied by the Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume.The...
  • Zang Toi and Anna Netrebko at Lincoln Center, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, NYC, Feb. 17, 2015
    Zang Toi's mystique beauty of Venice: Marriage of grand opera, art and eleganza
    For those that were fortunate enough to see Zang Toi’s Fall 2015 collection at Lincoln Center, it was a veritable about-face for Toi. Unlike previous collections that spanned the color palette, this collection was quite muted by comparison....
  • Sasha Cooke
    San Francisco Performances to present two major vocal recitals next month
    Next month will begin with the third of the four concerts in the San Francisco Performances (SFP) Vocal Series. The vocalist will be mezzo Sasha Cooke, who made her SFP debut in January of 2014, filling in on the spur of the moment for an ailing...
  • San Francisco Opera previews new work at Pan-Asian Music Festival
    San Francisco Opera previews new work at Pan-Asian Music Festival
    San Francisco Opera has commissioned a new work, Dream of the Red Chamber, which is scheduled for production in the Fall of 2016. Dream of the Red Chamber is making the news this week because it’s to be featured at the 2015 Stanford Pan...
  • San Francisco
    The first full weekend in March should appeal to many diverse tastes
    March is another month that will be getting off to a very busy start. There will be two events that will cover all three days of the first full weekend and another with San Francisco performances on both Saturday and Sunday. The good news is that...
  • Carlos Chávez
    The featured composer at Bard SummerScape 2015 will be Carlos Chávez
    As usual, the annual Bard Music Festival, held during the final two weekends of Bard SummerScape will select a single composer as a focal point. This year the title of the Festival will be Chávez and His World. The selection of Carlos Chávez, the...