SAN FRANCISCO / BAY AREA CLASSICAL MUSIC NEWS COVERAGE

The latest news on performances of Classical Music in San Francisco / Bay Area.

Berkeley Symphony Welcomes New Executive Director Marion Atherton by A.A. Cristi - February 15, 2024

Berkeley Symphony welcomes Marion Atherton as its new Executive Director....

Esa-Pekka Salonen, SF Symphony, and Violinist Lisa Batiashvili to Launch California Tour by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 09, 2024

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony, along with violinist Lisa Batiashvili, embark on a three-concert Southern California tour March 20–22....

San José Chamber Orchestra Presents FANTASIA, February 11 by A.A. Cristi - February 05, 2024

San José Chamber Orchestra presents FANTASIA. The program features the West Coast Premiere of conductor Alyssa Wang and soloists James Blanchard on flute and Matthieu Cognet on piano....

Esa-Pekka Salonen To Conduct SF Symphony In Three Programs At Davies Symphony Hall by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 31, 2024

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts SF Symphony in three programs at Davies Symphony Hall in February and March 2024....

SF Symphony to Present Lunar New Year: Year Of The Dragon Concert by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 09, 2024

SF Symphony will present Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon concert on Feb 17, 2024....

Dalia Stasevska And Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conduct San Francisco Symphony At Davies Symphony Hall by A.A. Cristi - January 03, 2024

Guest conductors Dalia Stasevska and Jukka-Pekka Saraste lead the San Francisco Symphony in two weeks of concerts at Davies Symphony Hall in January and February. ...

Michael Tilson Thomas Music Director of San Francisco Symphony Announces Schedule Updates by A.A. Cristi - December 20, 2023

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas is reducing his upcoming conducting schedule with the Orchestra and has withdrawn from his upcoming January 18–20 and February 23–25 programs in order to focus on his health. ...

Jaap Van Zweden Conducts The San Francisco Symphony At Davies Symphony Hall, January 11–13  by A.A. Cristi - December 13, 2023

Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the San Francisco Symphony in concerts on January 11–13.  ...

The San Francisco Symphony's Shenson Spotlight Series Highlights Ascendant Artists Through Four Debut Recitals by A.A. Cristi - December 12, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony’s Shenson Spotlight Series, now in its third season, features ascendant artists in their Davies Symphony Hall recital debuts. ...

Ross McKee Foundation Announces 2023 Laureates And Laureate Final Concert by A.A. Cristi - December 11, 2023

The Ross McKee Foundation has announced the laureates of its 26th Annual Ross McKee Piano Competition, Claire Chang (14), Tyler Chew (16), Ariel Chien (16) and Emma Lai (17). Each laureate receives a prize of $1,500 and participates in the Competition's final concert on December 17....

California Pops to Host HOLIDAY WITH THE POPS at San Mateo Performing Arts Center This Month by Blair Ingenthron - December 02, 2023

Join the California Pops Orchestra on Dec 17th for 'Holiday with the Pops' at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Don't miss this festive holiday concert!...

San José Chamber Orchestra Presents New Year's Eve CELEBRATION, December 31 by A.A. Cristi - November 29, 2023

San José Chamber Orchestra presents CELEBRATION, New Year's Eve concert featuring conductor Barbara Day Turner and soloists Jon Nakamatsu and Jon and Alec Manasse. Glorious works to mark the changing of the year. Reception follows the concert....

Berkeley Symphony Presents HOLIDAY WINDS, December 3 by A.A. Cristi - November 27, 2023

Berkeley Symphony will ring in this holiday season with Holiday Winds, where Berkeley Symphony woodwind musicians will perform festive favorites at Piedmont Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m....

San Francisco Opera Presents Two Concerts In December To Conclude Fall Season by A.A. Cristi - November 16, 2023

San Francisco Opera presents the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Chorus in concert at the intimate Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building on Friday, December 8....

2024 Youth Music Culture The Greater Bay Area Completes Global Auditions by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 14, 2023

The 2024 Youth Music Culture The Greater Bay Area (YMCG) will take place in China's Greater Bay Area from 20 Jan to 1 Feb 2024....

Symphony San Jose Presents AMERICAN PORTRAITS, December 2- 3 by A.A. Cristi - November 13, 2023

Symphony San Jose presents 'AMERICAN PORTRAITS” on December 2 and 3, 2023, featuring five musical postcards celebrating the beauty and diversity of the United States. Experience patriotic, soulful, and iconic compositions by Ives, Still, Midkiff, Shaw, and Copland....

Berkeley Symphony Presents CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS On November 19 by A.A. Cristi - November 08, 2023

Berkeley Symphony continues its 2023-24 Chamber Series with California Connections on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 4 p.m at Piedmont Center for the Arts....

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music And SF Symphony's Emerging Black Composers Project To Partner With Gautier Capuçon For New Commission by A.A. Cristi - November 07, 2023

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony and cellist Gautier Capuçon, announced today that Quenton Xavier Blache, 22, will receive a commissioning prize under the umbrella of the Emerging Black Composers Project (EBCP). ...

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra to Perform Five Concerts In The 2023-24 Season by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 02, 2023

Don't miss the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra and Daniel Stewart as they take the stage for five incredible concerts in the 2023-24 season. Find out when and where you can catch these talented performers in action....

Gustavo Dudamel Conducts The San Francisco Symphony At Davies Symphony Hall, November 24–26  by A.A. Cristi - October 26, 2023

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the San Francisco Symphony in concerts featuring cuatro player Jorge Glem on November 24–26....

San José Chamber Orchestra Presents MYSTICISM, November 12 by A.A. Cristi - October 24, 2023

San José Chamber Orchestra presents MYSTICISM, a concert featuring conductor Barbara Day Turner and cellist Evan Kahn on Sunday, November 12....

Chamber Music Marin Presents Alexander String Quartet, November 12 by A.A. Cristi - October 24, 2023

Chamber Music Marin presents the Alexander String Quartet as part of their 2023-24 Chamber Music Concert Series.  ...

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts San Francisco Symphony In Two California Festival Programs, November 10- 18 by A.A. Cristi - October 19, 2023

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in two Orchestral Series programs, November 10–12 and November 17–18, featuring works by composers with California ties: Emerging Black Composers Project winner Jens Ibsen’s Drowned in Light, Gabriella Smith’s Breathing Forests, Salon...

Three Camerata Pacifica Principals Perform Chamber Works By Ginastera, Paul Dean And Brahms, November 7-12 by A.A. Cristi - October 18, 2023

An eclectic program of three equally compelling works will be brought to life by three virtuosic chamber artists on Camerata Pacifica's November program presented in four locations across Southern California....

The San Francisco Symphony Experimental SoundBox Series Returns For Tenth Season by A.A. Cristi - October 17, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking SoundBox series returns for its tenth season in 2023–24 with four live programs with curators including violinist, singer, and composer Mazz Swift; SF Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen; and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and roboticist Carol Rei...

California Pops Orchestra Presents THE MAGIC OF BROADWAY, October 29 by A.A. Cristi - October 13, 2023

Join California Pops Orchestra on Oct. 29th for a Broadway In Concert at San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Don't miss this amazing show!...

Guest Conductors Elim Chan And Ludovic Morlot Lead The San Francisco Symphony In Concerts At Davies Symphony Hall by A.A. Cristi - October 11, 2023

Elim Chan and Ludovic Morlot will be leading the SF Symphony in concerts at Davies Symphony Hall in October and November 2023....

Sting Joins The San Francisco Symphony Performing His Most Celebrated Hits Reimagined For Orchestra This February by A.A. Cristi - October 10, 2023

Sting joins SF Symphony for two concerts, performing his most celebrated hits reimagined for orchestra. Don't miss this incredible musical experience on Feb 14 & 15, 2024....

Nancy Karp + Dancers Unveils 2024 Season With Musical Guests Friction Quartet by Chloe Rabinowitz - October 09, 2023

Nancy Karp + Dancers announces its 2024 season at the Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco. The program includes a world premiere set to music by Samuel Adams and the revival of 'fly through the night...' with music by David A. Jaffe. Don't miss the live musical accompaniment by Friction Quartet. ...

Steinway Society Presents Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott Live And Streamed, October 29 by A.A. Cristi - October 02, 2023

The Bay Area presents multi-award-winning classical pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on October 29, at 2:30 pm at the Visual and Performing Arts Center in Cupertino, Ca. ...

Chamber Music Marin Kicks-Off 2023/24 Chamber Music Concert Series With International Pianist Ilya Yakushev, October 8 by A.A. Cristi - October 02, 2023

Chamber Music Marin presents the 2023-24 Chamber Music Concert Series featuring internationally acclaimed classical musicians. ...

San José Chamber Orchestra to Present OPENING NIGHT in October by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 27, 2023

San José Chamber Orchestra will open its 33rd concert season with OPENING NIGHT, Sunday, October 15 at 7:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San José....

Steinway Society Presents West Coast Premiere Of Nikolay Khozyainov, October 7, Live And Streamed by A.A. Cristi - September 18, 2023

The Bay Area has announced the launch of its 29th Season with a performance by Nikolay Khozyainov, one of today's most remarkable classical pianists. ...

Berkeley Symphony Presents AMERICAN INTERSECTIONS by A.A. Cristi - September 15, 2023

Berkeley Symphony presents an exploration of the American sound in their Chamber Series. Discover the intersection of music and culture in this exciting performance....

Thomas Adès Withdraws From February 2024 SF Symphony and SoundBox Performances by Blair Ingenthron - September 10, 2023

Due to a scheduling conflict, Thomas Adès has withdrawn from his February 2024 performances with the San Francisco Symphony....

American Modern Opera Company Announces The US Tour Of EL NIÑO: NATIVITY RECONSIDERED By John Adams by A.A. Cristi - September 06, 2023

American Modern Opera Company (AMOC*) celebrates Latin American poets and the voices of women with its production of John Adams' El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered, a chamber-music arrangement that will tour around the United States before returning for its second annual presentation by The Cathedral of...

Symphony San Jose Opens 22nd Season With MYTHS, FAIRY TALES, & LEGENDS, September 30 & October 1 by A.A. Cristi - September 05, 2023

The 2023 – 2024 Season opens with a musical story book as Symphony San Jose journeys through the imaginative retelling of three classic tales: a cautionary myth by Lera Auerbach, a tragic love story from Richard Wagner, and a magical fantasy told through Sergei Prokofiev's famous ballet music....

Music at Kohl Mansion To Launch Chamber Music Season October 22 by A.A. Cristi - September 01, 2023

Music at Kohl Mansion (MAKM), the Bay Area's “prestigious  chamber music presenter,” will launch the 2023-24 international chamber music season Sunday,  October 22 at 7 p.m. with the virtuosic Israeli Chamber Project, as part of a 7-concert series on Sunday evenings at the historic Kohl Mansion's Gr...

Yarn/Wire Unveils 2023-2024 International Season by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 28, 2023

Discover the exciting lineup of Yarn/Wire's 2023/2024 season, featuring experimental percussion and piano performances at renowned festivals and venues around the world....

Soprano Yaritza Véliz Wins The 2023 Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Competition by Blair Ingenthron - August 12, 2023

Yaritza Véliz is named 2023 Emerging Star of the Year based on a popular vote conducted online at sfopera.com from July 11 to August 4, 2023. As the winner of the competition, now in its fifth year, Véliz receives a $10,000 cash prize....




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