Friday, July 23, 2010

Up-Coming: (Mostly) Free this weekend

Tonight's Friday Night at the de Young has a French theme, of course. DJ Schmeejay will spin up French pop, the Cypress String Quartet will perform Debussy & Higdon, & artist Jeanine Briggs will build a dinosaur.

The young Merola singers perform complete operatic scenes in the Schwabacher Summer Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens, Sunday, July 25, 2:00 PM. Judging by last week's performance at Herbst, it should be excellent. Mezzo Robin Flynn will be running half the San Francisco Marathon in the morning before taking the stage to sing Unulfo that afternoon. Frustratingly, at the exact same time, the San Francisco Symphony gives a free concert at Dolores Park in celebration of Mexico's bicentennial. Alondra de la Parra conducts a fun-looking program, ending with Dvořák's New World Symphony. We really need warmer weather this weekend!

Intriguing, but not free, is CARMINA BURANA: Revisited/Rebuked, a performance by Labayen Dance/SF. The work, set to the Carl Orff score, is "inspired by the Philippine matriarchal ritual of sorority and fertility." The All Shook Down Music Festival takes over North Beach on Sunday. Oh, & there's something called Dore Alley on Sunday. I'd like to get to at least 2 of these events, but I'm not saying which ones.


sfmike said...

I heard de la Parra and the Symphony play the Dvorak symphony last night at Davies Hall, and it was an extraordinary performance. You should definitely make the Dolores Park concert one of your two events.

Axel Feldheim said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Weather permitting, the Dolores Park concert will be one of my events, yes.